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Last fiscal year, we distributed 10.3 million pounds of food, the equivalent of approximately 8.6 million meals. From March through July 2020, we distributed nearly a million more pounds of food than was distributed the same time the previous year. This is equivalent to approximately 833,000 meals. With the increase and need for food, we creatively look for food sourcing opportunities that allow physical distancing and help us in the fight against hunger.

How can you help?

Host a drive-thru food drive or no contact food drive to benefit Central Illinois Foodbank. You can help our neighbors in need by collecting non-perishable food items or non-food items.

How does it work?

Plan a drive.

Host a drive-thru food drive or no contact food drive to benefit Central Illinois Foodbank. This method allows physical distancing to be practiced keeping donors and volunteers safe, and still help us identify new sources of food as the need increases.

Register your food drive.

Complete and submit the online registration form to the Foodbank. The Foodbank is unable to have a physical presence at your food drive at this time but we are here to assist you in hosting a successful and safe food drive.

Click here to complete online registration form today.

Promote your food drive.

When promoting your food drive, please indicate that the food drive is to benefit Central Illinois Foodbank. Please contact us to secure proper listings prior to producing any promotional material that acknowledges Central Illinois Foodbank.

Collect donations.

  • Most needed non-perishable food items include: Pasta, pasta sauce, low sodium canned veggies, low sodium canned soups, canned meat in water, canned fruit in juice, peanut butter, whole grain cereal, and crackers.
  • Most needed non-food items include: Laundry soap, bath soap, shampoo, toilet paper, tooth paste, diapers, and deodorant.
  • Items we are unable to accept include: Rusty cans, unlabeled products, alcoholic beverages, homemade items, and opened or used items.
  • Donations must be collected in boxes or totes. The Foodbank may have boxes and/or totes (must be placed on pallet and moved by pallet jack) available to use. If you are in need of boxes or totes, please contact us to check availability.
  • Printable Food Drive Wish List

Schedule a time to drop off your donation.

Donations may be delivered to Central Illinois Foodbank located at 1937 E Cook St, Springfield, Illinois on Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm or Friday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.

  • Smaller donations may be left in our foyer for no contact delivery.
  • Larger donations may be delivered to the agency door located on the north side of the building. Notify staff that you are here by pressing the buzzer located at the agency door. Please return to your vehicle and remain in your vehicle, and warehouse personnel will unload the donation for no contact delivery.
  • All persons delivering a donation need to wear a mask.

For further questions, please feel free to contact our offices.

We want to celebrate your drive!

Share pictures with us to share through our social media channels or if you collect a certain weight, we want to make it known by sending a press release to the press and sharing through our various channels.


For more information, please contact Adam Handy, Partner Resource Coordinator, by email ahandy@centralilfoodbank.org or by phone (217) 522-4022 Ext. 203 or Beth Wakefield, Public Relations Manager, by email bwakefield@centralilfoodbank.org or by phone (217) 522-4022 Ext. 210.

Thank you for joining us in the fight against hunger. #everyactioncounts #hunger365

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