Hope for the hungry

The Hope for the Hungry ministry of GPS Faith Community serves to meet the needs of the food-insecure of the Parks communities. From pantries to a community garden to hosting the not-for-profit Top Box, the people of GPS reach out to help solve hunger in our community.

Helping hands pantry

Helping Hands Pantry provides food assistance to those in need in the Loves Park and Machesney Park area. In 2010 they approached GPS Faith Community and other organizations with a plan to increase the number of days per month that they were open to serve the public from one day per month to opening four days per month. A small, but dedicated group of GPS volunteers now staffs the pantry on the 2nd Thursday of each month.

Helping Hands Pantry is located behind the Church of Christ building at 7624 Elm Avenue, Loves Park. They are open on:

First Saturday of the month from 10 am - noon

Second Thursday of the month from 1 pm - 3 pm

Third Saturday of the month from 10 am - noon

Fourth Thursday of the month from 6 pm - 8 pm

Pantry guests are asked to bring a photo id and a utility bill to prove residency in Loves Park or Machesney Park. Services are provided regardless of religious affiliation or participation. For information about the Helping Hands Pantry or to volunteer, contact us at info@gpsfaith.com or visit their website.

Top Box

Top Box Foods is a non-profit bringing high quality meat and produce to communities at very reduced prices. Anyone can purchase. First come, first served, see the sample boxes, make your purchase (cash, credit card, Link/Snap) take your receipt to the truck and get your food. 

Every 1st Saturday, 9:00-10:30 am. at GPS Faith Community.  

GPS Faith Community

10714 North 2nd Street

Machesney Park, Illinois  61115

(779) 221-8491


A congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)