Emergency Assistance for those affected by the Chemtool Fire

Northern Illinois Food Bank is here to help. If you are in need of groceries due to the recent Chemtool fire that has affected your community, see a list of resources below.


Get Groceries

Find out where to get food by calling 844-600-7627 (Habla español) or use our Find Food locator map to find a food pantry near you. You can also visit a Mobile Market pop-up near you using the distribution calendar.


  • Life Church NORTH Campus- Roscoe
    5910 Elevator Road
    Tuesdays 9-11am
  • Life Church SOUTH Campus- Rockford
    4312 South 20th Street
    Thursdays 9-11am
  • Helping Hands Food Pantry- Machesney Park
    7620 Elm Avenue
    Call for Hours- 815-633-1504
  • New Life Tabernacle- Roscoe
    5414 Reimer Drive
    Wednesdays 4-6pm
  • Firstborn Ministries- Machesney Park
    8213 North Alpine Road
    Thursdays 8-10am
  • St. Bridget’s Church- Rockford
    704 Clifford Avenue
    1st and 3rd Wednesdays 4-6pm
Chemtool Fire

Winnebago Community Market

Operated by Northern Illinois Food Bank, Winnebago Community Market provides free groceries for anyone who needs food.

For drive-through pickup: Northern Illinois Food Bank, 765 Research Parkway, Rockford 61109:

  • Wednesdays 4-5:30pm
  • Thursdays 8:30-10:30am
  • Fridays 11-12:30pm
  • Saturdays 9-11:30am
    For free home delivery: Registration required to verify address for delivery. Request delivery here.

    My Pantry Express (Online Food Pantry)

    My Pantry Express is an easy, convenient way to order free groceries online for pickup. It is operated by Northern Illinois Food Bank. Orders must be placed three business days ahead of scheduled pick-up day.

    Arrange for pickup at two locations in Winnebago County:

    • Walmart Riverside in Rockford (Mondays and Thursdays)
    • Goodwill in Machesney Park (Thursdays)
    • Begin your order at MyPantryExpress.org.

      Summer Meal Program

      • The Free Summer Meal Program is open June 1 – August 20, 2021 to all children under the age of 18. Days and hours of individual sites vary.
      • To find a site, text FoodIL to 877877, visit SummerFeedingIllinois.org or call 1-800-359-2163.

        Mobile Markets Near You

        Find more Mobile Market pop-ups at SolveHungerToday.org/Get-Help.
        Thu, Jun 17 | 10am-1pm | City First Church, 5950 Spring Creek Rd, Rockford 61114

        Tue, Jun 22 | 3:30pm-5pm | Roscoe United Methodist Church,10816 Main St, Roscoe 61073

        Wed, Jun 23 | 2pm-3:30pm | Wantz Park, 600 Clifford Ave, Loves Park 61111

        Fri, Jun 25 | 10am-12pm | Voices of Inspiration, 1829 Rockton Ave, Rockford 61103

        Sat, Jun 26 | 10am-11:30am | St. Mark Lutheran Church, 675 Mulford Rd, Rockford 61107

        Sat, Jun 26 | 9am-12pm | Old Circuit City Parking Lot, 5460 State St, Rockford 61103

        Mon, Jun 28 | 11am-12:30pm | Booker Washington Center, 1005 S Court St, Rockford 61102

        Wed, Jun 30 | 11am-12:30pm | The WORD Ministries, 1401 West State St, Rockford 61102

        SNAP & Other Resources

        The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly the food stamp program, provides extra funds to families to buy groceries. The funds come on the Link Card which looks and swipes like a debit card at most grocery and convenience stores. If you receive SNAP benefits, you can still use other food resources, like the ones listed above. Call us toll-free at 844-600-SNAP (7627) for information about SNAP or other resources that may help you through this time of need. You can also email us SNAP@northernilfoodbank.org or visit us online at SolveHungerToday.org/SNAP.