Elizabeth Food Basket
We are open the 2nd Saturday of every month form 10 a.m. to noon.
Otherwise by appointment
Hours of Operation
SECOND SATURDAY OF THE MONTH
10 A.M. TO 12 P.M.
The basket is closed on all major holidays.
Any special closings will be posted on Facebook.
Elizabeth Food Basket is also an emergency food relief basket.
Service Area & Guest Info
Elizabeth Food Basket serves those in the
Elizabeth River Ridge School District EXCLUDING Hanover Township, and we also serve the communities of Schapville and Scales Mound School District Scales Mound, IL.
Currently we are open once a month as we transition from COVID service to normal
We are happy to announce our new location - same building but on the lower level where the police department was. We were gifted with donations and grants to help with the expense of renovation. We also want to thank all who helped move us and the Village for giving us a new home. Our clients so far love it!
We are happy to announce we were among many recipients of grant assistance from NWIL COVID 19 Response Fund to assist us as we serve more families, single and multiple members during this critical time for all of us. Thank you!
Small Effort, Big Impact
How Can You Help?
Make a financial donation to the Elizabeth Food Basket through Paypal. You may use your Paypal account or credit card and make a one time payment or set up a monthly recurring donation. Remember our 501(c)(3) status allows financial donations to be tax deductible.
We accept many types of meal kits, canned goods, and toiletry supplies. We also accept donations of fresh produce in the summer. Not sure what to donate? Check out our list of suggested donation items below to get started!
The Elizabeth Food Basket is always looking for volunteers. Our schedule is such that you may have a shift every 4-6 weeks depending upon volunteer numbers. Schedules are made for approximately a year in advance and our volunteers are flexible in trading.
Fruits & Vegetables
Meal in a Can (i.e. Beef Stew, Chicken 'n' Dumplings)
Hamburger, Chicken or Tuna Helper
Chef Boyardee Items
Canned Corned Beef Hash
Canned Sausage & Gravy
Our guests and volunteers are thankful for any and all donations; if you're not sure about what can be donated, contact us and we'd be happy to share more information.
Our vision globally is that we envision communities in which everyone has access to sufficient nutritious food on a regular basis. Locally we envision offering sufficient nutritious food on a regular basis to our guests.
Our mission is to provide a source of good healthy food. The EFB also serves as an emergency food basket and also provides information about other resources available to individuals per their needs.
The Elizabeth Food Basket was formed in 1997 due to an infant death from lack of nourishment. The Mayor at the time along with the EMTs, Scout leaders, village volunteers, and Jack and Jeannette Graves decided that this kind of situation should never happen. So with limited funds to start, the group initiated the Elizabeth Food Basket.
The Elizabeth Food Basket has been sustained by the gracious contributions of food items from the local area churches, individuals and monetary donations from various sources. A year ago we realized that our "founders" had sustained the basket quite a bit independently and we found ourselves at an impasse and had to make a major decision that to join River Bend Food Bank in Davenport and St. Stephens in Dubuque we needed to become a 501(c)(3). We were struggling financially and serving more families so the United Methodist Church of Elizabeth adopted us temporarily so we could purchase food items discounted from River Bend and St. Stephen's. Then our mission was blessed and a lawyer and his staff, Steven A. Cox and Karen Dittmar, donated time to pursue our own 501. June marked our "official" government standing as a nonprofit charitable organization.
We continue to seek food item donations, monetary donations, and participate in fundraising activities to sustain our service which reaches a monthly average of 60 plus families which translates up to 170 plus individuals.
The Elizabeth Food Basket is also blessed with support from the Village of Elizabeth who offers a "home" in which we serve our guests, the Chamber who helps us with community connections, and our 22 volunteers. But we are also thanksul for all those who donate food items and monetary support.
Elizabeth Food Basket, Inc.
310 North West Street
(Village Building & Northwest Academy)
P.O. Box 391
Elizabeth, IL 61028
Emergency Phone: 815-990-3128