Established in 2013, Joseph’s Pantry is an outreach of Faith Center Freeport with a simple mission: Feed the hungry in Freeport, Illinois. We provide food to several thousand people each year.
Joseph’s Pantry is a “choice model” pantry. Instead of giving each client a prepackaged box, we allow clients to shop for the specific foods they prefer from our stock. To make sure there’s enough food for all, we do have set amounts of items available within a category (such as canned fruit or breakfast cereals) based on family size, but otherwise the experience is much like shopping at a small local grocery. Non-food items such as personal hygiene supplies, paper products and cleaning supplies are available.
The pantry is operated solely by volunteers, who collect, transport, inventory and stock all food, interview and assist clients and perform every other task related to feeding the hungry.