Food Pantries
Locate local food pantries in the area.

Free Meals in The Metro East
Find places to get a sack lunch or hot meal.

Kids Free Summer Lunch Programs
We've compiled a list of free lunch programs for kids 18 & under for the summer of 2019.

Cooling Centers
Search for cooling centers during the summer of 2019. 

Multiple Assistance Programs
Find help for shelter & housing, rent & utilities, food & clothes, medical & dental, counseling, school supplies, car repair, job placement, financial aid, emergency needs & more.

Parental Guidance

Resources for low-income parents, families in need, kids & teens, pregnant women and foster families.

Homeless Hotlines
All calls are confidential and free to make from a public phone. They will provide information on how to get help with Food Pantries, Emergency Shelter Referrals, Crisis Response, Housing Assistance, Clothing Resources, plus offer advice & support.

Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:30-4:30pm.  Leave a message 24/7 or during hours when they're closed.

Madison County - (618) 296-5300
St. Clair County - (618) 825-3330
St. Louis County - (314) 802-5444
or 1-(866) 802-7155

National Runaway Safeline
Call 1-800-RUNAWAY
Text 66008

Addiction Hotline
(888) 633-3239

Metro East Illinois Resources

For the homeless and residents in need in Madison, St. Clair & Monroe Counties.

211 Resource Center

Dialing 211 from your phone will put you through to your local resource center for more help.  You can also visit

Sexual Assault Hotline
All calls are free & confidential.
Hours: 24/7, 365 days a year
 (618) 397-0975


Text: Home to 741741

Hunger Hotline
(314) 726-5355 Ext. #1
Follow the instructions

Veteran's Crisis Hotline
All calls are free & confidential.
Hours: 24/7, 365 days a year
Call: 1-(800) 273-8255

Press 1 to talk.
Text: Send a tex
message to 838255

Suicide Hotline
All calls are free & confidential.
Hours: 24/7, 365 days a year
1-(800) 273-8255

Text: Hello to 741741

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Veterans Matter, Too

Veterans can get help through these centers & programs.

Blessing Boxes
Find local blessing boxes where food & basic necessities are placed where you can take what you need or give what you can.

Making A Difference For Pets
Pet owners can search for low-cost spay & neuters, pet food pantries, vaccination & microchip clinics, vet bill help, etc.

Thrift Stores

Locate thrift stores to buy gently used goods at low prices.

Free Little Libraries

Search for little libraries where you don't have to pay for a membership.  You can take a book or give a book.

Warming Centers

Check back during the winter of 2019-2020 for warming centers in the Metro East.