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There are so many people in the greater Peoria area that need food to sustain life. With your help, Heart of Illinois Harvest can continue its mission of providing local food agencies with the food necessary to meet the needs of the community.

How can you help?

View upcoming fundraisers that you can volunteer for by clicking here.

VOLUNTEER TO PICK UP FOOD...More dedicated volunteers are needed for picking up and delivering food from one of our many providers to an agency in need. By providing your time, you are helping to deliver food to the hungry in their time of need.

BE A FOOD DONOR…Do not worry about liability for donating surplus food. The Good Samaritan Food Donor Act encourages people to donate “apparently fit wholesome food or grocery products” for distribution to needy individuals by shielding them from criminal or civil liability, as long as the donation is made in good faith.

ORGANIZE A FOOD DRIVE…HOIH can transport the collected non-perishable food and paper products to our local agencies for distribution.

MAKE A MONETARY DONATION…Fortunately, Heart of Illinois Harvest has kept up with rising demand for free food delivery, however this has resulted in an increased need for your financial assistance.

WE NEED YOUR HELP by donating surplus food to better meet the needs of the local hungry and to assist our local agencies who distribute this free food. This also prevents good food from going to our landfills. While the amount of food collected weekly is phenomenal, the need for food in our community continues to grow exponentially and more donations are needed in order to continue with our mission*.


DELIVERY DRIVERS NEEDED ! Volunteers should meet the following criteria:
Need a Valid Drivers license
Need to be able to lift 20 lbs. minimum



*Liabilities for food donors are protected by the Good Samaritan Food Donation Act.


Bettie Renfroe, 74, a minister at Church of the Living God, is an on-call volunteer for Harvest.  “There are people out there who are hurting, and it’s very important to do this.  It’s a blessing to me to help in giving them food,” she says


Dick Phillips,79,  enjoys a light hearted moment delivering baked goods to Teen Challenge.  His religious convictions inspire him, to volunteer.  “Jesus said ‘Feed my sheep.’”  Dick does just that and says he enjoys it.  “It’s a rewarding life.  I meet people, the people need the food, and I can help bring it to them.  I enjoy the camaraderie with the other volunteers.  I like what I’m doing and hope I can continue."