FAQ

Do I qualify for food assistance?

The pantry is run for the benefit of those without the means to meet their family’s current food needs. Clients are asked to confirm that their income falls below 185% of the federal poverty level, but no proof of income is currently required. Please refer to the Income Eligibility Guidelines to see if you qualify for food assistance.

Household Size
Tamaño del Hogar
Maximum Monthly Gross Income
Ingreso Bruto Máximo Mensual
1 $ 1,859
2 $ 2,503
3 $ 3,148
4 $ 3,792
5 $ 4,436
6 $ 5,081
7 $ 5,725
8 $ 6,370

 

How often can I visit?

Option 1: You may visit our Evening Pantry at Wesley once a month and our Parkland Pantry in Champaign once a month.

OR

Option 2: You may visit our Parkland Pantry twice in a month but CANNOT visit the Evening Pantry at all during that same month..

Only one member from your household may visit the pantry.  

What documents do I have to bring?

Please bring some form of photo identification. Every visit you will need to show your photo id and confirm that your household income is less the 185% of the federal poverty level. Please refer to the chart above.

What if I am unable to visit the pantry?

If you are unable to come to the pantry to pick up food, another person can pick up your food distribution on your behalf. That person must bring a completed proxy form along with your photo identification. The proxy form is your authorizing signature. A new proxy form is required every time a food pick up is requested.

Can I choose my own food?  Does the food ever run out?

We use the Client Choice model for our pantry.  You are welcome to choose the food items that best suit your family needs.  Certain items may be limited or run short but we usually have a variety of items you can select. No one has ever left the pantry without food.

Does it help to come early?

No, it does not.  Clients are given random numbers and then called in that order.  This is the fairest system.  Clients at the front of the line may wait a few minutes or more than an hour.  Those arriving later but before 7:30 p.m., are more likely to have shorter waits, though a few items may not be available when they go through the lines.

Can I bring my children?

Yes, children are welcome, but we do not provide child care. We often have activities for children early in the evening but you are responsible for supervising them at all times. Parents are expected to keep their children with them when in the building and when shopping.