Pantry will remain closed until June 1st

Due to Coronavirus concerns, the food pantry will remain closed until June 1.

However, if you are seeking financial aid for:

  • Utility bills
  • Rent
  • Prescription
  • Gasoline for out of town medical appointments

Call 815-625-0311 between 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Fridays in May.

Fred Marruffo
Board President 

NEW Covid-19 Housing Payment Assistance Program

This new program will provide financial assistance for two months of rent or mortgage (including escrow) for those that have been affected by the Covid-10 pandemic. 

– Must be within the CSBG 125% Income Guidelines (visit our website for guidelines).

– Must have documentation showing you have been off work/loss of hours by your employer due to a closure of a business or proof from a doctor that you are being quarantined due to the virus.

Since all TCOC offices are closed to the public, in order to follow the social distancing order, please contact an Outreach Worker by email if you live in the following counties:

Bureau County (Kay or Vanessa):

Carroll County (Julie):

LaSalle County (Kay or Nancy):

Lee County (Leslie, Loraen or Katie):

Marshall County (Crystal):

Ogle County (Renee):

Putnam County (Kay):

Stark County (Crystal):

Whiteside County (Leslie, Loraen or Katie):

Any questions, please call the main office at 1-800-323-5434, or email Neddie at

Food bank giveaway this Saturday

Sauk Valley Foodbank is giving away food form 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at 8801 Plant Drive.

The food bank office is closed, but staff continues to serve the needy.

“Last week we delivered to low-income and elderly facilities, and made sure at least 600 people had food on their tables,” Executive Director Andrea Hensgen said in a news release. The food bank also served 852 people at a giveaway Saturday, she said.

“Our building itself is closed to the public, meaning no restrooms are available. So along those lines, we also ask that no one arrive early; everyone in line by 12 p.m. will be served.”

To donate or volunteer, go to or call 815-626-4556.

Buffalo Wild Wings fundraiser cancelled

Unfortunately due to the shelter-at-home order, the Buffalo Wild Wings fundraiser scheduled for April 20 has been cancelled.

We will evaluate the situation and set a new date for the event in the future.

Client Visit Restriction Policy

In light of the recent confirmed case of Coronavirus, we are implementing the following policy. Clients seeking food will be asked to remain in their vehicles and the food will be brought out to them. Clients seeking financial aid are asked to call us at 815-625-0311 rather than stop at the pantry.

This policy will be in effect until the concerns about the Coronavirus have passed. We hope you understand that this is being done in the interest of our clients’ and volunteers’ health and well-being. Our wish is to continue to be here to serve your needs at this difficult time.

This policy will be in effect until at least March 31, 2020 and will then be re-evaluated as to whether it should be continued. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

Fred Marruffo
Board President
St. Vincent de Paul