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.

RVC's Eagle's Nest Food Pantry

3301 N Mulford Road, Rockford, IL 61114

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