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Winnebago County free food pantries.

Find how to get free food, groceries, meals, and even personal hygiene items in Winnebago County Illinois. If you and your family need help, in particular free food or hot meals, do not hesitate to contact a pantry in the Winnebago County region that may be near you. Several non-profit organization, churches, and charities will help lower income and struggling clients get the items that they need to feed their families. There is also a phone number at the bottom of the page for more information.

Some of the primary free food banks, soup kitchens, and emergency pantries in the region to call are below as well as general information on their services. Most of the pantries rely on donations and contributions from people and businesses in the community, so the amount of assistance they can provide will vary.

However many of the Winnebago County Illinois locations will have boxes of canned goods, some fresh perishable items, fruits, and sometimes more specialty type items such as baby formula or Christmas or Thanksgiving meal assistance. If a food bank can't meet your needs they may refer you to other nearby options or even government programs like WIC vouchers or SNAP food stamps.

Northern Illinois Food Bank - Rockford Area Food Pantries
765 Research Pkwy
Rockford, IL 61109
Main phone - (815) 639-1257
This regional non-profit offers referrals only. They have partners that distribute food and groceries to hungry and low income people in Winnebago county. They do this through a network consisting of soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, churches and other food assistance sites. Fresh fruits, frozen food, meats and more may be distributed from the location.

St. Bridget Catholic Church
Location is 704 Clifford Avenue
Loves Park, IL 61111
(815) 877-1664




Christ the Carpenter United Methodist Church
1100 S. Winnebago Street
Rockford, IL 61102
Main phone number is (815) 965-7112

Cornerstone Community Church - God's Glory Food Pantry
Main address is 1250 South Perryville Road
Rockford, Illinois 61108
Telephone - (815) 398-8198
Emergency boxes of food, hot meals, blankets for the homeless, and more may be passed out.

Berean Baptist Church Pantry
5626 Safford Road
Rockford, 61101

Greater Emmanuel Pentecostal
Location is 2425 W. Jefferson St.
Rockford, Illinois 61101
Contact number - 815-969-7742

Harrison Bible Baptist Church
Address is 11878 Genesee St.
Rockton, Illinois 61072
Phone: 815-629-2425
The location runs a soup kitchen for the very low income, homeless, and really anyone from the community that needs a hot meal or lunch.





Grounds For Life Soup Kitchen
Address: 714 3rd Ave.
Rockford, IL 61104
Main phone - 815-962-5330

Living Word Ministries
Location is 4426 Virginia Avenue
Rockford, 61102
Main phone number - 815-961-1012

Rockford Rescue Mission
715 W. State St.
Rockford, Illinois 61102
Dial 815-965-5332
Most of the aid, such as meals, clothing, winter coats, and food is for the homeless and poor.

Grace Lutheran Church
Pantry is at 343 Grand Avenue
Loves Park, 61111

Shelter Care - Jubilee Center
Location is 412 North Church Street
Rockford, Illinois 61103
Call 815-964-5520

Cornucopia Food Pantry
402 Market Street
Rockford, IL 61107
(815) 962-1380
Once a month clients my receive up to 3 days supply of food. This depends on donations as well that were made to the pantry. Please bring a container to carry your food home, such as a bag, box or basket.

Emmanuel Lutheran Church
920 3rd Avenue
Rockford, Illinois 61104
(815) 963-4815

Gentle Shepherd Fellowship, Project Hope Food Pantry
2905 Bildahl Street
Rockford, IL 61109
(815) 399-7283

Rock House Kids
Address is 1321 7th Street
Rockford, IL 61104
Contact number is 815-962-5067

Soul's Harbor Church
Main address is 2802 - 11th Street
Rockford, Illinois 61109
Dial 815-229-1922





Life Church Assembly of God - Rockford Campus
Location is 4312 20th Street
Rockford, Illinois 61109
Telephone number is (815) 623-7625

Living Word Church
4426 Virginia Avenue
Rockford, IL 61101
Call (815) 243-7492
Meals, food boxes and more are offered for the homeless and working poor in the region.

Pantry of Love @ New Life Worship Center
Pantry address is 5770 Spring Creek Road
Rockford, IL 61114
(815) 282-9702
In addition to the food bank they will offer other items during the year, such as Christmas meals, turkeys and basic needs.

Rock River Valley Pantry, Crusader Clinic Pantry
1100 Broadway
Rockford, Illinois 61104
A second center is at 421 South Rockton, Rockford, IL 61102, call (815) 965-2466

Rockford Life Center
Main address is 921 W State Street
Rockford, Illinois 61102
Dial (815) 964-4966 for intake

Salvation Army of Winnebago County Social Services Center
Location 416 S. Madison Street
Rockford, IL 61104
Main number is (815) 972-1135
A number of emergency assistance programs and social services are available. Receive groceries and meals from the pantry and soup kitchen. Other available assistance includes a thrift store, clothing, and emergency financial aid for bills and housing.

St. Elizabeth Catholic Community Center - Emergency Services
Location is 1505 S. Main Street
Rockford, IL 61102
Main number is (815) 965-6993








Zion Lutheran Church
925 5th Avenue
Rockford, IL 61104
Main number is (815) 964-4609

Life Church Assembly of God
5910 Elevator Road
Roscoe, Illinois 61073
Call (815) 623-7625
Canned goods, nonperishable food, and more is passed out in Winnebago County.

Helping Hands Food Pantry
Main address - 7620 Elm Avenue
Machesney Park, Illinois 61115
Call 815-633-1504

St. Peter's Catholic Church Food Pantry
Primary address is 325 Oak Grove Avenue
South Beloit, IL 61080
(815) 389-3726
To clients with a voucher, the on site food pantry can help the needy in the Mt. Auburn, Taylorville and Owaneco Illinois areas. They also partner with regional social service agencies and government agencies.

St. Bridget Catholic Church
704 Clifford Avenue
Loves Park, IL 61111
Dial (815) 877-1664 for hours of the pantry.

Project Hope Food Pantry and God's Glory Food Pantry
1250 S. Perryville Road Cornerstone Community and
Total Faith Community Church
Rockford, Illinois 61108
(815) 398-8198

New Life Worship Center - New Life Worship Center - Pantry of Love
Main address is 5770 Spring Creek Road
Rockford, IL 61114
Call (815) 282-9702

Christian Union Food Pantry
Location is 1705 Kilburn Ave.
Rockford, IL 61101
Main phone - 815-963-3808

Rock River Valley Pantry, Crusader Clinic Pantry
1100 Broadway
Rockford, Illinois 61104
They run an emergency food assistance program which can provide up to nine nutritiously balanced meals for each low income qualified client. Bags of fruits, hot meals, formula and more may be passed out.

Life Church Assembly of God
5910 Elevator Road
Roscoe, IL 61073
(815) 623-7625





Saybrook Christian Church
Location of the pantry is 113 E. Harrison
Saybrook, Illinois 61770
Call for hours and intake (309) 475-6491

Additional places for free food or hot meals in Winnebago County region

There are many other hunger fighting charities, free food banks near you, and even government benefit programs for low income families. Dial 630.443.6910 to find free groceries or to get applications for Meals on Wheels, SNAP food stamps, or the USDA free school lunch and breakfast programs. Low income families, children, the disabled and single moms (among others) can get free food.

By Jon McNamara

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