Feed the Need Grant Received!

The Illinois Valley Food Pantry expresses its gratitude to all who participated in the 2023 “Feed the Need” fundraiser during November and December. For every dollar donated through PayPal or directly to the pantry, the Miller Group Charitable Trust Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation generously matched up to $5,000. Your contributions played a crucial role in helping us reach our goal. We would also like to extend our deepest appreciation to the individuals behind the scenes who made this event possible.

Special thanks to John Spencer and Tom Henson from Starved Rock Media for their exceptional efforts in advertising and raising public awareness. We are also grateful to Joyce McCullough, the advisor who recommended this grant. The Illinois Valley Food Pantry acknowledges and appreciates the hard work and dedication of everyone involved in making this event a resounding success.

Starved Rock Media logos
Miller Group Charitable Trust logo

2023 Holiday Food Baskets

Holiday Food Baskets 2023

2023 Holiday Food Drive Challenge
The Illinois Valley Auto Group started off the challenge.  WE FILLED THE TRUCK WITH FOOD!   We had a blast filling the truck with food for the Illinois Valley Food Pantry!

Illinois Valley Food Pantry is delighted to report that we provided holiday food baskets to numerous families for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

Illinois Valley Auto GroupThis endeavor wouldn’t be possible without the annual “Fill the Truck” challenge held by the Illinois Valley Auto Group.

These baskets contained all the necessary food items for their festive meals. The Christmas basket included a selection of breakfast foods in addition to the ingredients for the holiday feast. The Thanksgiving basket offered a choice of Turkey or Turkey Breast, along with mashed potatoes, stuffing mix, gravy, cranberries, Jell-O, fruit cocktail, dinner rolls, canned vegetables, canned yams, milk, and a delectable dessert. Similarly, the Christmas basket included a choice of Ham or Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing mix, gravy, Jell-O, fruit cocktail, dinner rolls, canned vegetables, pancake mix, syrup, eggs, milk, and a delightful dessert.

Thanksgiving Families Served

Thanksgiving Individuals Served

Christmas Families Served

Christmas Individuals Served

2023 Holiday Food Drive Challenge
Rollin Mobile Mechanic was nominated by Illinois Valley Auto Group to fill the truck with food for the Illinois Valley Food Pantry!  This is one of our favorite things to do every year, and we are so thankful for the ability to help out our community for the holidays! ♥️

Stamp Out Hunger

Stamp Out Hunger

The National Association of Letter Carriers sponsors a food drive annually called “Stamp Out Hunger” for all Food Pantries nationwide. It is usually the Saturday before Mother’s Day. The letter carriers always include a notice in everyone’s mail when the event is going to take place.  See below for last year’s drive results!

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

The Illinois Valley Food Pantry is happy to announce that 3,292 pounds of food was collected for the Pantry during the NALC “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive that took place on Saturday, May 13th, 2023! The Pantry also received $140.00 in monetary donations!

Thank you to everyone in our community and across the country that donated to this annual food drive to help Pantries stock their shelves.

Thank You to all of the postal workers who volunteered their time to go around picking up the food donations and delivering to the Pantries. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!!

A very special Thank You to our local postal workers (especially Mark Zymunt!) Even as Mark was dealing with a recent death in his family, he still found the time to volunteer his services in many aspects with this food drive to help the Illinois Valley Food Pantry! Your kindness and support to our cause is always so very much appreciated!!!

PERU CUBSCOUT PACK 3709 FOOD DRIVE!

PERU CUBSCOUT PACK 3709 FOOD DRIVE!

Pictured above with the Pantry Director, Mary Jo Credi,  Left – Sara O’Dell -Cubmaster,  Back – Kathy Ricci and Center – Daniel Ricci

This morning of March 13, 2023, the Illinois Valley Food Pantry received a wonderful surprise of over 1,002 pounds of non-perishable food items from the Peru Cub Scout Pack 3709! The Peru Cub Scouts donated the food from the food drive they sponsored over the weekend. The Scouts collected $68.00 in monetary donations along with the food donations which helped with our Easter distribution.

A big heartfelt THANK YOU to the Peru Cub Scouts for all your hard work!!!