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Ways to Give


Whether you are able to donate food, contribute financially, or volunteer your time, we at the Community Food Basket greatly appreciates your generosity!

Donate Food

Community Food Basket accepts donations of unexpired canned or dry goods, frozen food, and fresh produce. Drop-offs can be made Monday, Tuesday or Friday between 9 AM and noon and Wednesday or Thursday from 10 AM-6 PM. If you have a larger amount and would like to arrange a pick up you can contact us at 815-431-0155 or


Plant A Row For the Hungry

Plant a Row is a national initiative that encourages gardeners to donate fresh produce to food pantries in their local communities.  Community Food Basket has received food from local gardeners through this program for 15 years and in 2016 11,867 lbs of produce was donated and distributed to our community!

If you garden, please consider "planting a row" for us!

Monetary Donations

While we welcome and appreciate ALL donations, monetary gifts provide us with the most flexibility.  We are able to purchase  those items that we need, when they are needed. It gives us  the ability to augment our fresh produce and perishable products when required; and when we buy through River Bend Foodbank the money goes a great deal further than at the retail grocery store.  A recent delivery included 7,002 lbs of both purchased and donated food for $240.76!

Our EIN is 36-4289533. Please contact us at if you have further questions.

You can make a secure donation online below
If you prefer, you can mail a check to:
Community Food Basket
PO Box 2386
Ottawa, IL 61350

You can even donate
while you shop! 

  1. Visit

  2. Sign in to your online account or select “Register”

  3. Under the “Community” menu select “Community Rewards”

  4. On the Community Rewards page, select “Enroll Now”

  5. On the “Find Your Organization” page, type in “COMMUNITY FOOD BASKET”


  7. Click “Enroll”

  8. That’s it! Just continue to shop at Kroger (using your Kroger Plus card) and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Community Food Basket. It’s that easy!

  9. You can learn more about the program by clicking here.  


Kroger Community Rewards

Our wonderful volunteers are the backbone of our organization! If you're interested in joining us, please fill out the form at the link below.

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