Grace Lutheran Food Pantry
714 East Capitol Ave, Springfield, IL 62701 • 217-522-3965
According to the Feeding America organization, at any given time some 25,000 people in Sangamon County aren’t sure where their next meal is coming from. Twelve percent of the county lives with “food insecurity.”
The all-volunteer Grace Lutheran Food Pantry, located in the basement of Grace Lutheran Church in downtown Springfield, has been providing food to the hungry for nearly 50 years. The Pantry is a partner agency of the Central Illinois Food Bank.
In 2019, the Pantry served more than 6,300 households and 13,000 individuals. Nearly one-fourth of clients are senior citizens and more than one-third are children. Anyone who needs food can come to the Pantry once every 30 days and receive non-perishable foods, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables and healthy “food bundles” with recipes and food preparation tips.
We have no paid staff, no overhead costs, no government funding and
rely entirely on the time and talents of 60 volunteers and in-kind and cash donations from local churches, community organizations, schools and individuals.
Every dollar raised goes directly to the purchase of food for those in need.
100% of the activities are done with over 60 volunteer staff
serving over 1,000 individuals per month
100% of donations are used to purchase items to be distributed
In addition to Grace Lutheran, the primary supporters of the Pantry with financial and food donations and volunteers are:
Peace Lutheran Church, St. John’s Lutheran Church
and Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.
Other major financial and in-kind supporters in recent years have included the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln, King’s Daughters’ Organization, Land of Lincoln Barbershop Chorus, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Domestic Hunger Project, Cachet Club of Springfield, Springfield South Rotary Club, CROP Walk fundraiser of Church World Service, Abraham Lincoln Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Springfield Junior League, Franklin Middle School, Our Savior’s Lutheran School, Landmark Ford, UIS Student Services, Midwest Mission, Trinity Lutheran Church, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Third Presbyterian Church, First Presbyterian Church, and St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Church.
Adapting to Change
• Increased use by multi-generational households with 6-10 family members.
• Increased use by individuals living in public housing.
• Increased use by homeless of all ages.
“Every week we serve families who tell us they have never used a food pantry’s services before.”
• With new health and safety protocols in place, the Pantry has been able to maintain operation uninterrupted and without incident since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
• Food is now distributed curbside rather than inside the church.
• All volunteers wear masks and socially distance.
• Clients are asked to wear masks and practice social distancing...(we provide masks if needed).
• In response to an increased use by homeless clients we now have special food bags which do not require a kitchen or stove.
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