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.
Empower Boone grew out of the Belvidere Boone County Food Pantry experience as an expansion of services beyond handing out food. 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.
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.
Patrons must bring proof of Boone County residency within the last 30 days by showing a current ID and two pieces of mail. There are no guarantees that everyone will receive the same items.
Food distribution only occurs on Tuesdays from 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Warming/ Cooling Center* - Our Resource Center is open to the public on Monday from 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
* A person in need of warming in the winter or cooling in the summer can walk in and make themselves at home on days we are open.