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Everyday Needs

"For I was hungry and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink."     -Matthew 25:35

Families come to us seeking better access to food and other basic necessities. Listed below are the most needed items that we require on a regular basis to adequately serve our community. Please bring your donated items any time to Home Sweet Home Ministries located at 303 East Oakland Avenue in Bloomington. Thank You! Please note: We can no longer accept food donations prepared outside of commerical kitchens. We appreciate your understanding.

To check out our URGENT NEEDS list, please click here.


Food items:

  • Canned Chicken (large cans for kitchen, regular cans for co-op)
  • Cooking Oil
  • Low Sodium Items (e.g. soups, veggies for Food Farmacy)
  • Canned Pasta
  • Jelly
  • Boxed meals (Hamburger Helper)
  • Brown rice
  • Bottled water
  • 100% juice
  • Glucerna
  • Lunch meat
  • Individual bags of chips
  • Fresh fruit

*Please Note: We gladly accept many items in bulk. Please call us at 309-828-7356 with any questions.

*Feel free to donate any of your favorite items as well. Share your joys!

Non-Food items:

  • Boxes of Kleenex Tissues
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Tampons
  • Women's Body Wash
  • Winter gloves for Adults and kids
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Ziploc Bags (gallon size)
  • Dish Detergent
  • Bleach or Disinfectant products
  • Combination locks
  • Bath Towels
  • Hand Towels
  • Plain Notebooks


Community Support

We have been blessed with tremendous support from a wide range of community organizations and local businesses. At Home Sweet Home Ministries, we believe that when we support each other as a community, it benefits everyone. Here is a partial list of local businesses who regularly donate food to Home Sweet Home Ministries.

  • Chick –Fil –A
  • Green Top Grocery
  • Midwest Food Bank
  • Hy-Vee
  • Avanti's
  • Moe's Southwest Grill
  • Olive Garden
  • Alphabet Academy
  • Runyon Family
  • Jim’s Steak House
  • Ivy Lane Bakery
  • ISU Food Recovery
  • Aroma Indian Restaurant

Be joyful in HOPE, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayerRomans 12:12