Rock Valley College

Supportive Services - Food

Starvation should never be an option for anyone. According to, approximately 15.8 million Americans (12.7% of the country’s population) experience “food insecurity”, which means that millions of people don’t know if they will have a meal today or tomorrow.

Remember that a brain with an empty stomach can’t function properly, which results in poor academic development.

Below you will find resources to feed yourself and your loved ones.

SNAP: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program | IL Department of Human Services

*Office Serving Winnebago and Boone Counties*

171 Executive Pkwy, Suite 101 Rockford, IL 61107
Phone: (815) 987-7155
TTY: 1-866-322-2681
Fax: 1-815-987-2380
Office hours: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM | Monday – Friday (except state holidays)


To find food pantries and meals served in your area, visit Northern IL Food Bank’s website.

  • Carpenter’s Place (Monday through Friday)
    Breakfast: 9:00 - 9:30am
    Lunch: 12:30 - 1:00pm
    1149 Railroad Ave, Rockford IL 61104
    (815) 964-4105
    Visit website
  • Emmanuel Episcopal (Soup Kitchen)
    Open Saturday, noon to 1:00pm
    412 N Church St, Rockford, IL 61103
    (815) 964-5520
  • Emmanuel Lutheran (Soup Kitchen)
    Soup kitchen open every two Mondays, Saturday and Sunday, 11:30am-12:30pm
    320 S. 5th St, Rockford, IL 61104
    (815) 963-4815
  • Rockford Rescue Mission (Open every day of the year)
  Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Doors Open: 6:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 5:30 p.m.
Serving Times: 7:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

*Guests enter through the food service doors on the Northeast corner of the Mission (Rockton Ave)*
*Special holiday banquets are also provided on Thanksgiving and Christmas*

715 W. State St, Rockford, IL 61101
(815) 965-5332


Food Pantries

To find food pantries and meals served in your area, visit Northern IL Food Bank’s website.

Northern IL Food Bank

765 Research Parkway Rockford, IL 61109

Apostolic Pentecostal

Open to anyone on Mondays, 1-3 pm
840 Mattis Ave, Rockford, IL
(779) 423-2736

Christ the Carpenter United Methodist Church

2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th Mondays, 12:30pm-2:30pm
1121 S. Winnebago St, Rockford, IL 61102
(815) 965-7112

Christian Union Church

For the 61103 area only. Thursdays 10:00am – 12pm
1705 Kilburn Ave, Rockford, IL 61101
(815) 963-3808

Cornucopia Pantry

Open every Tuesday, Thursday and the 3rd Saturday of the month, 9:00am-11:00am
402 Market St, Rockford, IL 61107
(815) 962-1380

Emmanuel Lutheran Church

Rockford, Loves Park, and Machesney Park residents only. Identification is needed. Monday and Friday 9:30am-11:30pm
920 3rd Ave, Rockford, IL
(815) 963-4815

Gentle Shepherd Pantry

Open two Wednesdays/month 8-10am
2905 Bildahl St, Rockford, IL 61109
Call first: (815) 399-7283

God’s Glory

3rd Saturday, 12-2pm. For the 61108, 61109 and 61016 area. Bring a bag or basket to bring food home. Total Faith Community Church, 1250 S. Perryville Rd., Rockford, IL
(815) 397-4050

Greater Emmanuel

Appointment only, call first. Wednesday, 6-8pm
2425 W. Jefferson, Rockford. IL
(815) 969-7742

Helping Hands

1st and 3rd Saturday, 10-12pm. 2 Thursdays per month, call for info. For the 61111, 61115, 61072, and 61073 areas
7620 Elm Ave. Machesney Park, IL
(815) 633-1504

Life Church-South

Thursday, 11-1pm
4312 S. 20th St. Rockford, IL
(815) 874-9042

Life Church:

Every Tuesday, 10-1pm
5910 Elevator Rd., Roscoe, IL
(815) 623-7625

Living Word Ministries

3rd Thursday, 12-2pm. 61101 and 61103 area only
4426 Virginia Ave, Rockford, IL
(815) 961-1012

Rock River Valley Pantry

Monday-Friday 10-12pm
1100 Broadway, Rockford, IL

Monday-Friday 1-4pm
421 S. Rockton Rd., Rockford, IL

Both locations are closed on all holidays. Phone (both locations): 815-965-2466

Salvation Army

Must have appointment. Call Monday after 9 am
416 S. Madison St, Rockford, IL 61104
(815) 972-1135  

St. Bridget Cupboard

1st and 3rd Wednesday 4-6 pm or by appointment
704 Clifford Ave, Loves Park, IL 61111
(815) 633-6311

St. Elizabeth Catholic Community Center

Monday - Thursday 1:30- 2:30pm and Friday 9:30- 10:30am
1505 S. Main, Rockford, IL 61102
(815) 965-6993