Food Pantry

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In God's great abundance, Sophia's Kitchen has more than enough food to be sure no one is hungry. In addition to our  very generous daily lunches, there is still enough food to pack grocery bags to take home.

On the last Friday of every month, Sr. Merlinda sets up a little store, filling tables with groceries. Patrons line up and shop for their families. An average of 100 patrons each month are able to take home bags of groceries to cook up for their loved ones.

Donations are always welcome. The most requested items are non food things, like dish soap, laundry detergent, and toothpaste. Shampoo, feminine items, cleaners  and paper products are much needed. Small sizes are best. Most of our patrons travel on buses or by foot. Even though it may be more economical to buy a large size, it would be very difficult to carry a long distance.

We offer the Food Pantry at 1 PM-3 PM on the following dates:


August 24 (Closed Labor Day weekend)

September 28

October 26

November 16 (Closed Thanksgiving)

In December, Christmas baskets are distributed to over 700 patrons. 

Sign up required for December Christmas basket. Must come in person on November 19 or 20. 

We love our furry friends too! Twice a month, a Pet Food Pantry is held. On the Second Thursday at 1 PM, Peoria County Animal Protection Services (PCAPS) brings food and information to share. They are more than happy to share spay and neuter information as well as low cost immunization information. More food is given on the 4th Thursday of each month at 1pm.

We're happy to take donations of cat and dog food, wet and dry. Treats and litter are also needed. Please note that we divide all food and litter into smaller bags, to make distribution more fair. If you want to help, please drop food off at 103 S Richard Pryor Place between 8 AM to 3 PM  Monday through Friday. Send checks to Sophia's Kitchen, c/o Sacred Heart, 504 Fulton Street, Peoria, IL 61602, or click on the donate button. 

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