Need FREE Christmas gifts in Peoria, IL!
We totally understand how discouraging it can be to stare down the holidays after a long, hard year. Your children deserve the best… but sometimes, life kicks you down and you just don’t have the budget for the things you want them to have.
We get it. We’ve been there. And we’ve found help.
Get FREE Christmas Gifts in Peoria, IL!
Neighborhood House Association provides a Toy Shop program every year. This program provides holiday gifts for children age 10 and under. There is a $10 participation fee per child. Registration begins November 8th and ends in early December.
Parents are asked to provide a photo ID, birth certificate or insurance/medical card for each child and proof of employment, unemployment and/or school enrollment. To qualify, you must reside in Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Marshall, Putnam or Stark county.
Salvation Army provides Christmas assistance. You can sign up beginning November 1st. Gifts and food are distributed in mid-December, about one week before the holiday. You will need to provide proof of address, medical/insurance cards or birth certificates for all children and photo ID for all adults. Please provide pay stubs or a LINK card to prove income.
Toys for Tots enrollment is available.
Woodford County Heartline provides Christmas food and gifts to families who reside within Woodford County boundaries. Those with children up to age 17 can apply by calling (309) 467-6101. (Please note I”m including this only because Woodford County is considered part of the Peoria metropolitan area; most Peoria residents may not be eligible because of the county restriction)
Enjoy a FREE hot holiday meal at these locations.
Peoria Rescue Mission provides a Christmas Day meal to anyone who is hungry. The service begins at 11am and the meal is served at noon.
South Side Mission provides Thanksgiving and Christmas meals for hungry residents in the community. The meals are served at 11:30am on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.
Enjoy a delicious holiday meal at home with help from these Peoria, IL agencies!
Please note that many food pantries are familiar with Christmas assistance programs. Contact them for help with food over the holidays… and remember to ask if they know of any other Christmas programs in your area!
Bethel United Methodist Church provides a food pantry for South Peoria residents.
Bradley Epworth United Methodist Church provides a food pantry on the first Friday of each month.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Peoria provides a food pantry, car seats, diapers, baby food, substance abuse counseling, anger management, and much more.
Catholic Charities can provide food, diapers, baby formula and more to those who need it. You will need to call (309) 671-1550 for an appointment.
Common Place provides assistance to all Peoria County residents. You can get food from Common Place once per month.
First United Methodist Church provides assistance with food, bus fare, clothing, driver’s license fees, free transit passes, prescriptions, personal grooming supplies and so much more. Get the details here.
Heaven’s View Christian Fellowship provides food and clothing to those who need it.
Hidden Manna Food Pantry provides groceries to Peoria area residents in need. Please bring a box or bag for your groceries! Hidden Manna also provides a Thanksgiving Day meal between 12pm and 2pm.
Liberty United Love Ministries provides a Healing Hand resource Center that provides food, clothing, diapers, court-ordered DUI evaluations, employment assistance, counseling, GED services, individual counseling and more. Click here for details!
Mt. Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church provides food every month on the first Tuesday.
Mt. Zion Baptist Church provides a food pantry on Wednesdays between 1pm and 3pm.
New Beginnings Ministries provides a weekly food pantry and twice-weekly lunches to those who need them.
New Testament Fellowship Church provides a food pantry in Peoria, IL every week.
Pentecostal Church of Christ provides a monthly food pantry.
Peoria Friendship House provides a food pantry on the first and third Thursday of each month.
Peoria Friendship Missionary Baptist Church provides a monthly food pantry.
Pilgrim’s Progress Church of God in Christ provides a weekly food pantry for all Peoria County residents who need food.
Redeemer Lutheran Church Food Pantry provides access to food twice per week. Families can visit once per month unless they receive special permission for additional visits.
Trinity Lutheran Church provides a food pantry on the third Monday of each month to those who reside in the 61606 zip code.
West Mark Food Pantry provides food to Peoria County residents every Monday between 9am and 11am.