Empower Boone’s mission is to help those in our community facing hard times by providing a path to self-sustainability. Our goal is to give hope and help by providing food, non-food items, and resources.
It is our vision that our neighbors will be empowered to move beyond the challenges they are encountering, by encouraging and equipping them with the needed resources.
Our food pantry
Our food pantry is a FEMA food distribution site for Boone County residents only. All participants must attest they meet financial guidelines set forth by the Illinois Department of Public Assistance. Additionally, we have a Free Store (Personal Care, Household, Clothing items) for our neighbors to shop from while waiting to shop for food.
Food distribution only occurs on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Empower Boone recognizes that our neighbors who need food also need supportive services for paying rent, utilities, connecting with public assistance, mental health resources, disability connections, job resources, and many others.
Through our food, clothing and personal care center we assist approximately 300 - 400 people per month. The value of the food is about $400. Through our school snack program, we provide nutritious snacks to five schools ensuring hundreds of children have something to eat.
We partner with three community meal programs that provide a warm dinner to over 200 people per month. Additionally, we offer Bags of Hope for our neighbors who find themselves homeless and staying
at the local hotels. All told, we provide food or snacks for approximately 2000 people every month.
We believe information is powerful. We also believe that the majority of the neighbors who come for food, clothing and personal care items, want to become self-sufficient. Many do not know the path to take or the resources available to them.
Our Resource Center is a place where our neighbors and service providers can connect. Transportation is a limiting factor in Boone County and helping a neighbor maximize their time is very important. When they come for food once a month, we connect them to the services they need.