1. Belleville, Swansea residents
We serve only resident of the Belleville, Swansea and part of the Shiloh communities -- ZIP codes 62220 through 62226. We also offer limited help to the homeless in our communities.
2. A week of help, every 30 days
We are here for emergencies. We offer help based on your family's size, but we can only offer a week of food to you once every 30 days. We are open 1-3 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday. Saturday hours are 9-11 a.m. Closed for holidays.
3. Prove income once a year
All patrons are asked to prove income on their first visit, and then again after Jan. 1 each year. The head of household needs a photo ID and a utility bill or other piece of official government mail no older than 90 days, Social Security cards for all family members and proof of income for each member with income. Pay stubs, income tax forms or government check stubs can be used for income proof.
4. ID, residency proof every time
You need a photo ID and piece of qualified mail no older than 90 days at every visit to the food pantry. Mail can include a utility bill or government letter.
5. Bring a list, 12-item limit
We give everyone three full days of breakfasts, lunches and dinners as well as food for a week. Milk, eggs, bread, soup, vegetables, meat, toilet tissue, corn muffin mix and crackers are generally provided to each family when available. If you want something specific, bring a list with no more than 12 items. If we have it, we will try to give it to you.
6. Share the love
We are volunteers and do our best. We ask that you respect our rules and be polite to our volunteers and your fellow patrons. We do not allow current patrons to volunteer. However, if you find yourself no longer needing our help, do what you can to help those who still need us. Donate or volunteer.