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Free food pantries, groceries and meals Vermilion and Iroquois County.

Struggling households in Vermilion County and Iroquois can turn to a free food pantry today. Some of what may be distributed by the centers include canned and boxed goods, groceries, personal toiletries, fresh food, and meals as well, such as at Thanksgiving and Christmas. The charitable run locations as well as food banks also offer free personal hygiene supplies to qualified low income families. Find where and how to get free food in Vermilion County and Iroquois near you below, as well as a referral number at the bottom of the page.

The food banks are there to support families that are facing a short term emergency. They are not to be relied on for long term assistance. If a resident needs that type of support, then they should not turn to a  pantry but rather apply for benefits such as SNAP food stamps. One other items to note is that a number of the locations in Iroquois County, such as Saint Vincent de Paul, provide other, non-monetary aid such as clothes, school supplies or free Christmas/Thanksgiving meals. Learn more on financial help from Saint Vincent.

Free, emergency pantries offer other support oo. They also generally have soup kitchens as well as Meals on Wheels for seniors or the elderly. So various assistance programs may be run.

Where to get free food and meal assistance from charities

Antioch Food Pantry
311 N. Collett Street, Danville, IL 61832. Call (217) 442-6802
The pantry at this charity will have free canned, non-perishable foods items (such as rice or cereal) and other goods

Danville Township
Address is 18 Southgate Drive, Tilton, IL 61833. Call (217) 442-4031

First Presbyterian Church
Address - 100 N. Franklin Street, Danville, IL 61832. Call (217) 442-0541
Applicants need a referrals to use this food pantry. It can be obtained from Love, Inc., the Vermilion community action agency or DSS. Get free groceries, baby formula, shelf stable food and more. They may also have laundry detergency, soap, meats and dairy.

 

 

 

Holy Family Catholic Church
444 E. Main Street , Danville, Illinois 61832. Phone - (217) 431-5100
Vermilion County residents can use the food pantry one time per month. There are also free clothes for struggling families or single moms. Or use the Vermilion County and Iroquois County churches for Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas meals. They are part of St. Vincent de Paul.

Salvation Army of Danville
855 E. Fairchild Street , Danville, Illinois 61832. Dial (217) 442-5911
Free food from a pantry is one service. Other aid includes clothes or school supplies, financial aid for bills, referrals, and Christmas meals and small toys for children. They also have shelter for the cold weather and Meals on Wheels for the homebound. More on Salvation Army in Danville.

St. James United Methodist Church
Address: 504 N. Vermilion Street, Danville, Illinois 61832. For hours, call (217) 442-1504
Perishable items such as eggs, meats, fruits, and vegetables may be passed out by volunteers. Children can be fed, and a meal service is for the homeless. Get fruit, meat, pasta, cereal, feminine hygiene products and other items from the pantry.

St. Paul's Catholic Church
1303 N. Walnut Street, Danville, IL 61832. Appointments are needed. Call (217) 442-5313.
Clothes, backpacks for children, boxes of food, and more is available. They also have dairy products, eggs, milk, and paper products like toilet paper or towels.

The Rock Food Pantry
20 Poland Road , Danville, IL 61834. Dial (217) 443-6219
The food bank can be used at most one time per month. Canned Vegetables, Dried Beans, Baby Formula, and other groceries may be served. Emergency boxes of food are available every other month.

Manor Community Center
Address is 205 E. West Ave, Georgetown, IL. Call 217-444-3135
The free food bank for Vermilion County also has free hygiene supplies. It is open a few days per week. Get soap, razors, shaving cream as well as a box of food. Case workers help the unemployed, working poor, and migrant farm workers among others.

 

 

 

 

First Church of Christ
Location is 503 N Main, Georgetown, IL. Dial 217-662-2106
Residents of Ridge Farm, Georgetown, and Indianola can use the free food pantry and soup kitchen. Emergency groceries, nutritional supplements for the elderly and even free summer snacks for kids.

Georgetown Township Food Pantry
Address: 1805 N. Main , Georgetown, Illinois 61846. Phone - (217) 662-8649
Boxes of food may be offered for low income town residents.

Grant Township
525 S. Market Street , Hoopeston, IL 60942-5221. Phone - (217) 283-5221

Town of Potomac
Address is 310 W State St, Potomac, IL 61865. Phone number is 217-987-6900
The free food pantry is open on 1st Thursday after the 2nd Wednesday 6:30-7:30 pm. Groceries, baby formula, hygiene and cleaning supplies and other goods may be passed out.

Calvary Baptist Food Pantry
1632 Georgetown Road, Tilton, IL 61833. Main number is (217) 446-8427
Senior Brown Bags may have breakfast or lunch. There is also everything from paper goods to perishable food and referrals to other regional non-profits.

Hoopeston Multi Agency
The charity is at 206 S. 1st. Ave, Hoopeston, IL. Call 217-444-3135
whether it is surplus commodities, like cheese or bread, or hygiene supplies, the charity assists. Get tuna, Thanksgiving turkeys, shelf stable groceries and more.

Zion Lutheran Church
101 N. Maple Street, Clifton, IL 60927. Main number - (815) 697-2747 or (815) 694-2065.
Services include free food, personal hygiene items, grooming supplies, and Christmas meals.

God's Food Pantry - St. Paul's Lutheran Church
Address of food bank - 116 N. Thomas Street, Gilman, Illinois 60938. Phone - (815) 265-4133
The charity also has a soup kitchen with lunches, breakfast, and dinners. whether canned meat or vegetables, or perishable goods, help is offered.

Martinton Food Pantry
213 Thomas Street
Martinton, Illinois 60951
A soup kitchen for families in poverty is also on site.

Sheldon Area Food Pantry of Iroquois County
Mailing address - 107 N. 4th Street
Sheldon, IL 60966

 

 

 

 

Watseka Area Food Pantry at First United Methodist Church
301 S. 4th St.
Watseka, IL 60970
An appointment is needed. Call 815-432-0122
There is a free Emergency Food Box.

Oakwood Area
Location is 202 S Scott St
Oakwood, IL
Main number is 217-354-4559
Thgis free food bank covers Oakwood, Potomac, Muncie, Fithian, Catlin, and Fairmount.

God's Little Food Pantry
Address - 425 W. North Street
Watseka, Illinois 60970
Phone (815) 432-1182
Find information on surplus USDA Commodities, summer snacks for children, and other help from the food pantry.

Additional free food programs

If a location is not near where someone lives, or for locations of more free emergency pantries, dial 217.522.4022. Specialists can offer information on other hunger prevention programs in Vermilion County, or help find application sites for Meals on Wheels or WIC - Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, among other programs.

By Jon McNamara

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