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Need Help?

At the Community Food Basket of Ottawa our mission is to unite the community in a cooperative effort to feed those in need in a spirit of love and compassion.  

Client Choice Shopping

Key Information:

Pre-made to-go boxes are available upon request.

We ask that just one adult per household come to shop. Please refrain from bringing extra household members and children when possible.

Shopping With Points:

  • Beginning in January 2024, we will only be serving residents of laSalle County.

  • All households are eligible to visit twice per month, in addition to our monthly mobile pantries.

  • Clients are asked to bring either a piece of mail with their name and address or a photo ID.

  • You are encouraged to bring your own containers (bags, boxes, etc.), to pack your groceries into as you shop.

When you check in you’ll be given a sheet that lists your
points available in each category, like the one here:



  • Points cannot be saved from one visit to the next, we
    encourage you to use all the points you have available
    each time.

  • The aisles will be organized by the point categories
    and there will be volunteers to help you make your
    way through.



Monday: 9:00 - 12:00 PM

Tuesday: 9:00 - 12:00 PM

Wednesday: 3:00 - 6:00 PM

Thursday: 3:00 - 6:00 PM


The last sign in will be 15 minutes before closing time, to give you time to make your selections.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to bring with me?

Every Visit

  • Photo ID or a piece of mail with your current address.

  • A box, bags, or other container to bring your food home in.

Do I make too much money to qualify? 

We do not require proof of income, but we will ask you to sign an official document stating that you meet the following guidelines:  

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