Our Story

Brief history/background

Open since 1992, the O’Fallon Community Food Pantry distributes donated and purchased food items to residents of O’Fallon and Shiloh, Illinois, who are dealing with food insecurity.  The Food Pantry is a volunteer-run organization and was started as a mission of the churches of O’Fallon and Shiloh. In recent years, the panty has transitioned to a community-wide food pantry supported by churches, civic organizations, businesses and individuals.  

The food pantry is a supplemental food source and clients are allowed to use our services once every 30 days.  We provide a variety of items including canned goods, meat, milk, eggs, and personal hygiene items.  During 2019, we served an average of 265 families or 759 people a month.  For the year, we served 9,103 clients.

The Food Pantry depends on the annual Postal Food Drive in May and the Boy Scout Food Drive in November to help stock our shelves with non-perishable food items.  We purchase milk, eggs, margarine, meat and other food items each month.  Throughout the year, food and money are donated by area churches, civic groups, businesses and individuals.  Our food purchases averaged $9,703.00 per month in 2019.

The pantry is run by a board of directors comprised of volunteers from area churches and community organizations.  The board is responsible for policy decisions and providing overall direction for the operation of the food pantry.

Food Pantry Board

President: Vacant
Vice President: Patty Strube
Secretary: Angela Breen
Treasurer: Larry Strube

Board Members:
Marge Ballard
Leo Deimel
Mary Grimmer
Bob Koss
Michelle Laverdure
Betty Kueker
Debbie McCauley
Ella Sewell
Ed Breen
Mary Schieler