Where to find food in Ford County 


If you need help acquiring food, you may visit any of the food programs listed below. Please note that each program has different requirements for receiving assistance; emergency pantries are available for immediate assistance. Hours and availability may change. For more programs near you, contact Eastern Illinois Food Bank at 217-328-3663 or visit eifoodbank.org/help/fordcounty.html.


Gibson Area Food Pantry (at Shepherd’s Closet)

By appointment

106 N Sangamon Ave.

Gibson City, IL  60936

Phone: 217-784-5201

Hands of Christ Food Pantry

Food distributions Saturdays 9:00 to 11:00 am and the second Tuesday of the month 4:00 to 5:00 pm

361 N Railroad Ave.

Paxton, IL  60957

Serving qualifying residents of Ford County

Gibson Area Food Pantry (at the Hospital; adjacent to GAH Elite building)

Food distributions second and fourth Saturdays of the month

8:00 am to 12:00 noon

619 E First Street

Gibson City, IL  60936

Phone: 217-771-4100

Serving qualifying residents of Ford County and GCMS school district


Emergency Assistance

If you have immediate need of food, call Rick Ertel at 217-784-5014 and leave a message. He'll arrange to make food available to you.