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Nikki Keltner
Program Coordinator - Stephenson County
University of Illinois Extension
Highland Community College, Bldg R
2998 W Pearl City Rd
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-235-4125
FAX: 815-232-9006

Stephenson Local Foods Initiative

Stephenson Local Foods Initiative

2016 Plant A Row & Local Food Pantrys

Plant-a-Row is a national program that is working at a grassroots level to end community hunger.

The University of Illinois Extension - Stephenson County Master Gardeners have been coordinating the effort in the Freeport area since 2005 with over 3,000 pounds of produce donated. In 2015, they accepted five tons of garden fresh produce. All donations went to Freeport area food pantries and soup kitchens.Plant-a-Row encourages gardeners to plant an extra row of vegetables for donation, it also provides multiple drop-off times and locations for gardeners who have more produce than they can eat. With over 70 million gardeners in the U.S. a significant impact can be made to reduce hunger.

Visit the Plant A Row website at:

2016 Drop Off Points for Stephenson County:

FACC Food Pantry

514 S. Chicago Ave, Freeport, IL     Contact at: 815-233-0435

Open to pick up food on: Mondays & Wednesdays 9 - Noon and 1 - 4:00 p.m.

Drop off during regular business hours on Monday through Fridays

Lena Winslow Food Pantry

511 W. Lena Street, Lena, IL

Open to pick up food EVERY Saturday from 8:30-11:30 a.m.

For questions or to drop off: call Larry Buchenau 815-541-4625

(NOTE: Serving the Lena and Orangeville School Districts only)


Pearl City Food Pantry

Located in the Pearl City United Methodist Church, 411 S. Main Street (lower door), Pearl City, IL

For questions contact the church at: 815-443-2177 - For Pearl City School District residents only.

Open to pick up food on: 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month from 9 to 11 a.m.

(bring proof of current address, like Utility bill)


Gospel Outreach Food Pantry

209 W. Spring Street, Freeport, IL

Contact Gail Peterson at 815-541-7085

Open to pick up food: Saturdays 9:00-11:00


German Valley Food Pantry - for German Valley Fire District residents only

65 State Street, German Valley, IL (Old Fire Station)

Contact: Valerie 815-985-1989 for drop offs

Open to pick up food: 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.


Faith Community Church Food Pantry

212 West McKimmy St, Davis          Contact: 815-865-5638

Open to pick up food: 3rd Thursday of the month from 5-7 p.m. and & 3rd Saturday of the month from 9-11 a.m.

Drop off: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Freeport Salvation Army Food Pantry

106 W. Exchange Street, Freeport, IL  Contact: 815-235-7639

Open to pick up food: Tuesday & Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. and 1-2 p.m.

(Bring along valid identification)