Increasing food security

Food Pantry

 

Families or individuals who meet federal income guidelines can receive essential food supplies on a short term basis.  Many of our guests work part time because they are unable to find full time employment. Some are senior citizens whose retirement "nest egg" fell short due to inflation.  Other visitors are disabled or need temporary help due to a severe illness or injury.  Guests can come to our pantry once every 30 days.  Click here for income guidelines.

 

The pantry is stocked through donations from area churches, organizations, businesses and individuals.  Warren County United Way funding and the Federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program also contribute to help us meet emergency food needs in our community.

 

Midwest Food Bank, located in Peoria, provides us with a monthly food allocation at no charge. 

 

River Bend Food Bank lets us purchase certain foods at 18 cents per pound. Other food and commodities can be purchased at a discounted price.  Each month, we receive some food at no cost based on our numbers served.

 

We serve an average household size of 900 individuals each month

Senior Nutrition

 

With partial funding from Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging and the Warren County United Way, we provide a Senior Nutrition program in Warren and Henderson Counties.  Residents must be at least 60 years old to qualify.  Active seniors may join in our community meals Monday through Friday at Strom Center in Monmouth, Village Center in Kirkwood, or Roseville Community Center in Roseville, on Mondays at the Community Senior Citizens Center in Stronghurst, and Tuesday - Friday at Faith Bible Church in Oquawka.  For home-bound senior meeting eligibilty requirements, home delivery is available. 

 

We serve more than 25,000 meals each year.

 

Click here for the current menu.

 

Community Garden

With funding provided by Ameren Foundation, we establsihed a community garden in 2015.  The primary goal of the garden is to supply our pantry with fresh produce, with a secondary goal of teaching people how to grow their own food.  The garden is run by volunteers from our community.

Summer Meals

Through grant funding provided by the USDA and  adminsitered by the Illinois State Board of Education, Summer Meals are available to children ages 18 and under.  We served about 6,000 meals to children each summer.  Lunches are served from 12-12:30 PM, Monday - Friday, at sites throughout Monmouth. Snack is served at the Roseville Community Center between 2:15 and 3 PM on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Click here for listing of our sites and dates of operation for 2015. Parental permission forms are required.  We hope you will join us!

 

We would like to thank Monmouth Parks and Recreation, Monmouth-Roseville School District, Lincoln Homes, and the Warren County YMCA for their cooperation, contributions, and participation in Summer Meals.

 

The USDA is an equal oppourtunity provider and employer. 

Office Hours:                                            8:30 AM - 3:30 PM,  Monday - Friday

Thrift Store Hours:                                    10 AM - 4 PM, Tuesday - Friday

   10 AM - 2 PM, Saturday

Food Pantry Hours:                                    

  10 AM - 12 PM and 1 PM - 3 PM, Monday-Friday

Increasing Food Security

Food Security

NOUN

  1. the state of having reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. 

-Oxford Dictionary ​​

Food Pantry

 

We all need a little help from time to time.  Whether a family is hit with a temporary lay-off from work, a large medical bill, or simply does not have enough money in the household budget to buy nutritional food, we are here to help them make ends meet.   For more information, click on the link.

Donations of peanut butter, canned tuna or chicken, fruit (fresh, frozen or canned) are always needed, along with other non-perishable food items, cleaning supplies and toothbrushes!

Senior Nutrition

 

​Research shows that good nutrition is especially important for older adults.  It's often difficult to make a balanced meal for one or two people, and even harder if you have limited mobility or major health issues.  If you or someone you know is 60 or over, consider coming to one of meal sites in Warren or Henderson County.  The food is great and so is the company!  

Click here for the current menu.

 

Community Garden

With start-up funding provided by Ameren Foundation, we established a community garden in 2015.  We continue to receive funding support from our community.  The primary goal of the garden is to supply our pantry with fresh produce, with a secondary goal of teaching people how to grow their own food.  The garden is run by volunteers.

Summer Meals

We all know that good nutrition is important.  For children, it is especially critical and can have a life-long impact,  We feed about 250 area kids lunch during the summer months when school is not in session.  For many of them, it is the only balanced meal they will have that day.  

All of our sites are run by volunteers, community service workers, or staff from partnering agencies.  

Office Hours:                                            8:30 AM - 3:30 PM,  Monday - Friday

Thrift Store Hours:                                  

   10 AM - 3:30 PM, Tuesday - Friday

   10 AM - 2 PM, 2nd and 4th Saturdays each month

Food Pantry Hours:                                    

  11:30 AM - 3:30 PM, Tuesday-Friday

  10 AM - 2 PM, 2nd and 4th Saturdays each month