One of the area's largest food pantries in Kankakee, the Center of Hope, is expected to move into a renovated 14,500-square-foot building in the next six to eight months.
College Church of the Nazarene in Bourbonnais has been operating the food pantry at 895 S. Washington Ave. for the past 10 years, but says the site is in need of extensive repairs.
The proposed location at 395 N. Schuyler Ave., one block north of the Paramount Theatre, was anonymously gifted to the organization a few months ago.
Assistant director Stacey Flores said the center provides groceries for 850 to 900 people, most of them Kankakee residents, each week.
"There is need everywhere, and Kankakee is certainly no different," Mayor Nina Epstein said. Epstein said both 1st Ward aldermen are supporting the pantry.
The pantry is supported by other neighboring churches alongside the College Church, Flores said.
The Center of Hope started about 15 years ago. Its first location was in the church basement.
Among other pantries in the county are:
205 N. Locust St. in Manteno: First and third Wednesdays from 8 to 10 a.m. This pantry serves 102 families, director Richard Van Pelt said, and is open to Manteno residents only.
Maternity BVM Church, 308 E. Marsile St. in Bourbonnais, operates a pantry at 1 p.m. each Thursday.
Faith Baptist Church, 1280 Armour Road in Bourbonnais opens its pantry from 2 to 3:30 p.m. the second Thursday of the month.
Helping Hands Food Pantry in Peotone, 1 to 6 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays.
The Open Bible Center, 410 S. Small Ave. in Kankakee, open on Tuesdays from noon to 2 p.m.
St Vincent DePaul food pantry at St .Teresa Church, 361 N. St Joseph Ave. in Kankakee, open 9 a.m. to noon Fridays.
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