46204599942 dfe6f0ce1f bThe University of Illinois Extension and the Food Pantry Network – Heart of Illinois have compiled a list of local organizations offering meals and food boxes to families in Central Illinois. Below are locations where meals can be picked up across the 46th District, a full list or participating organizations can be found here.

Questions can be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., as well as any additions to the list.

Thanksgiving Meals

Peoria County
⦁ South Side Mission: Peoria, Peoria Heights, & Bartonville call 309-676-4604 to sign up by Wednesday, November 17th
⦁ Valeska Hinton: Heartland Health hosting Thanksgiving Box distribution Nov. 20 noon to 2 p.m., free turkey vouchers will be given to the first 100 recipients
⦁ Redeemer Lutheran Food Pantry: Box of food given out Nov. 19 from 9 to 11 a.m. & Nov. 22 from 1 to 3 p.m.
⦁ Catholic Charities Fulton Sheen Food Pantry: Box of food given out every Tuesday and Thursday in November from 9:30-11:30 a.m. while supplies last
⦁ Neighborhood House: Partnering with OSF to distribute 100 boxes on Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon or until they run out
⦁ Sophia's Kitchen: Carry out meal on Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., no sign up required
⦁ Dream Center: Box of food Nov. 23 throughout the day
⦁ Hand Up Peoria Inc.: Box of Food Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon
⦁ Salvation Army Peoria - NE Adams St.: Free community meal Nov. 25 from 1 to 3 p.m., enter through alley off of Spalding Ave.

Tazewell County
⦁ Pekin Township: Call by Monday Nov. 21 at 346-3194 to sign-up for hot meal pick-up on Nov. 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
⦁ HOPE Chest - Pekin: Box of food Nov. 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. while supplies last, ID Required

Fulton County
⦁ Salvation Army & HyVee: First 275 people who call 309-647-0732 and make a reservation, distribution from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 25

Holiday Meals

Peoria County
⦁ Salvation Army Peoria: Mail letter to Christmas Baskets, Journal Star, One News Plaza, Peoria, IL 61643 - include your name, address with apartment number, phone number, total number of people in household
⦁ South Side Mission: Serving 61603, 61604, and 61605 Call 309-676-4604 to sign up
⦁ East Bluff Community Center: Christmas Day Meal Eat-in or carry out from 2 to 4:30 p.m.
⦁ Catholic Charities Fulton Sheen Food Pantry: Box of food including hams given out every Tuesday and Thursday in November from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. while supplies last
⦁ Neighborhood House: 125 boxes of food available on Dec. 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until they run out
⦁ First United Methodist Church, Loaves & Fish: Box of food & lunches from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 25 or as supplies last - distribution will be outdoors, no public restrooms available
⦁ Sophia's Kitchen: Box of pantry food Dec. 20 to 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 1,000 bags one per person - no deliveries/sign up - but ID will be required
⦁ Dream Center: Box of food Dec. 21 throughout the day
⦁ Hand Up Peoria Inc.: Box of food Dec. 23 from 10 a.m. to noon

Tazewell County
⦁ HOPE Chest: Boxes will be available in December at a date TBD during pantry hours, ID required - available while supplies last
⦁ Salvation Army of Pekin 360 Life Center: Box of Food sign up November 22-24 call 309-346-3010 - Requires: ID, proof of address, & Tazewell County resident. Pick up Dec. 20 8 a.m. to noon
⦁ Pekin Township: Call 346-3195 by Dec. 20 to sign up hot meal pick up on December 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
⦁ St Vincent DePaul Food Pantry: Pekin, IL - sign up November 17 and 19 8:30 to 11 a.m. in circle drive of St Joseph Church. 120 baskets available - ID required

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