Change in Service Model

The Community Food Basket of Ottawa is implementing our contingency plan for ongoing service while working to reduce the risk of community transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

The distribution hours will change to Tuesday 9-11 a.m. and Thursday 3-6 p.m. 


Beginning on Tuesday 3/17 clients will stay in their cars, following the directions of volunteers in the parking lot. Registration will be streamlined and clients will be presented with a menu of pre-made boxes and bags that they will be able to choose from. When they reach the front of the line, volunteers and staff will bring their choices out to the car. This system is designed to make sure that both clients and volunteers are able to limit close contact and we ask everyone’s patience as we implement this new system.

The Community Food Basket recognizes that these are exceptionally difficult times for many in our community. We encourage families to make use of our services; both new and returning clients are welcome. We remain ready to help anyone in Ottawa, Marseilles, Serena, Sheridan and Grand Ridge who is in need of food assistance.

Sample Menu

Please select which boxes you’d like to receive and when you pull up to the front of the line a staff person will bring them to you.

____  Pantry Staples


A selection of canned and shelf stable foods including things like vegetables, soups, tomato sauce, pasta, rice, mac & cheese, toilet paper, and soap along with some snacks and other goodies. 

Approximately 30 lbs

_____  Easy Meals


Great for kids and anyone who doesn’t cook a lot. This box will include items like peanut butter, jelly, canned pasta,easy mac, ramen, as well as snacks and fruit.

Approximately 20 lbs  

_____ Produce 

A variety of fresh produce, including apples, pears, potatoes bananas and grapefruit.

Approximately 12 lbs  


Meat & Protein

Please let us know what you would like from the following list 


_____  5 lb chicken (up to 2)


_____ 5 lb Hillshire Farms 5 Alarm sausage links (1)


_____ 1 Dozen Eggs


Name (Please print): _________________________________________________________

Adults _____________    Children ______________

 Community Food Basket of Ottawa 

519 W. Madison St * Ottawa,IL  61350 * 815-431-0155

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