We are a market style food pantry that has been serving the community for over 50 years. We are downstate Illinois' largest food bank and we service an average of 100 clients a day. We greatly appreciate any donations, but LOVE to be able to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to our clients!!! We strive to provide wholesome and nutritious options to our clients, so we are also always in need of healthy food options like low salt or no salt canned foods and canned fruits in water. We also try to provide some non-food items to our clients, so toiletries are always welcome as well.
Food deliveries are to be brought to the north end of the building off of King St.
ProducePedia is a free resource that covers the types of fresh produce that can be delivered to food pantries. Each entry includes information on color, taste, and possible uses. People unfamiliar with the vegetable or fruit will learn how to use it, and those who are familiar with it still might learn a fun fact or two!
The Cooperative Extension sites have a wealth of information for any backyard gardener. Once you go to the site (each one if very different from the others) look for a link for “homes and gardens”, “landscape”, “consumer horticulture”, etc. to find information on improving your backyard garden. Neighboring state sites may offer information your own state’s site lacks.