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. Guests line up and shop for their families. An average of 100 guests 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 guests 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.
Think nutritionally dense! Be mindful of sodium and sugar. Treat items are welcome! Please, no glass or expired foods.
o Canned fruits
o Vegetables: collard greens, carrots, green beans, peas, beans.
o Tomato products: paste, sauce, diced.
o Spaghetti sauce
o Spices: cinnamon, oregano, basil, pepper
o Personal care items: tampons, pads, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, band aids, shaving cream. (Please, no alcohol based mouthwash)
o Toilet Paper
o Cleaning supplies: Comet, SOS pads, laundry soap, Spic and Span
o Pet food, treats and litter for the Pet Pantry held twice a month
o Treats: nail polish, chocolate syrup, coffee creamer
- Meat: canned chicken, tuna fish
Food pantries will be held on the following dates: April 24, May 29, June 26, July 31, August 28, September 25, October 30, and November 20.
Sign up required for December Christmas basket. Must come in person to sign up on November 23 or 24
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.