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Cooking / Food / Hunger

Calling all Foodies! This is the place to volunteer for hunger-related projects, OR to help feed volunteers at other projects.

Churches on the Street

We meet every Monday night at 6:00 pm (during the winter) and 6:30 pm during the spring/summer and help those homeless with food, clothing, blankets, toiletries, etc, encouragement, the Word and other practical resources.
We are a faith-based non profit organization. A collaboration of Christian people who love God and believe according to His word that we're to help the poor, the lost and the hurting.
We help not only the homeless and the hurting who crosses our paths but our focus is also human trafficking rescue and restore education and disaster relief.
We represent many churches, denominations, races; The Kingdom.
We believe that the Word of God changes lives and through our own testimonies we're able to positively influence those we come in contact with on the streets.
We believe the great commission to go into all the world and preach the gospel and that includes our own backyard.
COTS is here to ignite people out of their church seats and into the streets helping those in need.
All are welcome!! 


When: Monday & Thursday Nights 6:00-8:30 p.m. 
Where: MONDAY--- 1333 N. 6th St, St. Louis; THURSDAY--- Loretta Hall Park at N. 14th and Carr St, St. Louis. 

Want to help? Contact...
Ralph Valdes at 618.251.0041 or Angela Valdes at 618.558.6433 or the office 618.251.0039 


Free Lunch Fridays

We cook and serve lunch every Friday at Immanuel United Methodist Church(Edwardsville)---come feed the hungry in our community! Individuals may sign up to serve, or groups may take responsibility for planning and preparing a meal. Everyone is welcome to eat lunch and fellowship! 

When: Fridays 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 
Where: Immanuel United Methodist Church in Edwardsville, 800 North Main Street, Edwardsville, IL 

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Glen Ed Pantry

We provide emergency food, clothing and utilities assistance for residents of Edwardsville and Glen Carbon.

We need volunteers to sort clothing and food items, and to assist with seasonal projects like distributing Thanksgiving baskets and Christmas gifts.


Monday and Wednesday 3-5:30

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9-11:30

Where: 125 5th AVenue, Edwardsville, IL

Want to help? Contact...

(618) 656-7506

Main Street Community Center

Main Street Community Center is committed to providing a broad range of group and individual activities and services that respond to the needs and interests of the community, focusing on individuals aged 50+.

Volunteers are always needed at the Community Center to help deliver meals, to assist with maintenance and gardening, and to help at the front desk.


When: variable 
Where: 1003 N. Main Street Edwardsville, IL 62025 

Want to help? Contact...
(618) 656-0300


TWIGS Mobile Market

We unpack, sort and distribute food to the needy in Granite City on the first Tuesday of every month. 

Those coming to volunteer will help unload and sort the pallets of food delivered by the St. Louis Foodbank and will help distribute it beginning at noon. Help is also needed to load up vans and trucks and go distribute food at the second location. 


When: first Tuesday of every month, approx 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 
Where: 2542 E 25th St. Granite City(parking lot of Trinity United Methodist Church) AND Triangle Park on the Rock Road(West Granite) 

Want to help? Contact...


Pack a Sack – Twigs

DURING SCHOOL YEAR: On Thursday nights, we pack non-perishable food items which are sent home for the weekend with school children who are at risk of not having enough to eat. Drivers are also needed to deliver sacks to schools on Fridays during the school year. 

When: Thursday evenings, Friday mornings during the school year 
Where: Multiple locations: Brighton, Granite City, Hartford, Mt. Olive, South Roxana, Wood River, 

Want to help? Contact...


SAK – Serving Area Kids summer lunch program

S. A. K. is a community outreach project which provides much-needed sack lunches to school age children during the summer months in Alton, East Alton and Edwardsville. Children who qualify for free- and reduced-price school lunches during the school year might otherwise go hungry during the summer.

Volunteers may sign up for a single day, or commit to a regular weekly schedule. Lunches are picked up at Immanuel United Methodist Church in Edwardsville to be distributed at locations around town. Background checks are required, and SAK T-shirts will be issued to identify volunteers. Please help us ensure that no child goes hungry this summer in our very caring community!


When: Weekdays May-August 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 
Where: Edwardsville, IL 

Want to help? Contact...
(church) 618-656-4648 


Soup for the Soul

We provide a nutritious lunch and opportunity for fellowship every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at the Community Hope Center in Cottage Hills

We need helpers to plan meals and purchase food, as well as individuals and church groups to help with meal preparation and clean-up. 


When: Mon, Tue, Wed and Fri 10-1 
Where: 1201 Hope Center Lane, Cottage Hills, IL 

Want to help? Contact...
(618) 259-0959 



TWIGS free summer lunch program

TWIGS provides free lunches during the summer for children in our area who would qualify for a free- or reduced-price lunch during the school year. 

You can sign up for a single day, or for a regular shift handing out prepared lunches in various locations around the Metro East area. Usual time commitment is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers are required to complete a background check, and TWIGS T-shirts will be issued to identify volunteers. 


When: weekdays 11-1 during summer months 
Where: (14 communities in the Metro East) 

Want to help? Contact...

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