Center for Hope Outreach Welcomes Your “Giving Tuesday” donations!

November 27th, 2018
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On “Giving Tuesday” make your donation count by contributing to the Center for Hope Outreach Programs. ¬†Our outreach services such as nutritious food distribution, clothing, education and holiday relief for those facing hardship and crisis make a tremendous difference for thousands of McLean County families.

Your gift is especially helpful at this time of year as our pantry shelves and holiday supplies begin to swindle and requests for assistance continues to surge. Every dollar shared helps to change a life for the better!

Donations can be online or sent to:

CFH Outreach Programs
1308 E. Empire St.
Bloomington IL 61701

Grocery or retail store gift cards are also welcomed and appreciated. ¬†Thank you for sharing your best this “Giving Tuesday”!

September 28th, 2018
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Hello Center for Hope Family and Friends,

I am taking this opportunity to share some great news! On Thursday October, 11th, The Normal Theatre will host George Winston in Concert and our own Center for Hope Food Pantry Network will be the beneficiaries of a food and fund drive to be held during the event. Please help us spread the word!

The show begins at 7:30 pm and will be held at the Normal Theater located at 209 W. North St. in Normal. There will be food & finance collection receptacles around the venue for any non-perishable foods and personal hygiene items donated. We will also be selling copies of George Winston’s CD’s with 100% of the proceeds going to the Center for Hope Outreach Programs.

We hope you will help us make this event a success by your attendance, food donations or help with publicity. We are thankful to, George Winston, DANCING CAT PRODUCTIONS INC and the Normal Theatre for making this possible.  We hope to see you there!

 Pat Turner
Center for Hope Outreach Programs
Executive Director




Center for Hope Outreach Programs-Spring Open House

April 3rd, 2018
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Join us Saturday, April 7th as the Center for Hope Outreach Programs celebrates the installation of our new building sign sponsored by Thrivent Financial with an Open House.  The event is from 10:00 am until 2:00pm at 1308 E. Empire St in Bloomington Illinois.  Enjoy shopping from the Spring collection at our Kingdom Closet & Boutique, take part in a special food distribution, Have your blood pressure checked  and find out about ways that you can make positive change in our community through charitable giving or volunteerism.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Center for Hope Outreach Celebrates Black History Month

February 9th, 2018
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African-American historian, Carter G. Woodson is credited with founding the Association for the study of Negro life and History. ¬†In 1926, the group declared the second week in February as “Negro History Week” the precursor to what we celebrate today as Black History Month.

As the Center or Hope distributes thousands of food supplies to families across McLean County, we thought it a good idea to look at a few of the contributions that African-Americans have made in the food industry.  Please join us in celebrating these groundbreaking inventors, developers, creators, and cooks and their outstanding accomplishments.

Alfred L. Cralle: Invented the single-hand non-stick ice-cream scoop.

Willis Johnson:  Patented a modern and improved egg-beater.

Alexander P. Ashbone: Invented the spring loaded biscuit and cake cutter.

Norbert Rillieux:  Developed a method for refining sugar into crystallized granules.

George Washington Carver: Scientist who developed hundreds of products from peanuts, sweet potatoes, pecans and soybeans, thus boosting the U.S. agriculture industry and improving health of farmers.

George Crum:¬†Invented the potato chip in the mid 1800’s.

Emmett Chapelle: helped create a safe food supply for astronauts. Also developed techniques for detecting bacteria in food and drinking water.

Thomas Elkins: Patented the metal cooling coils used in refrigeration systems, enabling food items to cool far below room temperature thus preserving them longer

Joseph Lee: Created a dough mixing and kneading machine in 1894 and a bread crumb maker the following year.

John Standard: Created a design that could be used to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold on mobile food buffets.

Frederick McKinley: Designed a portable air cooling system used in trucks carrying perishable foods.

Abby Fisher: Credited for publishing the recipe for Chicken and Waffles.

Lloyed Hall: A chemist who improve food preservation including the use of antioxidants to prevent food spoilage.

James Hemings: Traveled to France with then Ambassador Thomas Jefferson.  Helped to introduce America to French cuisine.

Reginald Lewis: First African American to build a billion dollar company; Beatrice International Foods, later named TLC Beatrice International.

Center for Hope Ministries -Spreading Hope through “Hope Fest”

August 16th, 2016
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Saturday, August 27th, Center for Hope Ministries will hold its ‚ÄúSpread Hope Community Resource Expo‚Ä̬†at its Outreach Headquarters located 1308 E. Empire in Bloomington Illinois. The event is open to the public and will run from 10:00am-2:00pm. Human service agencies from around the Twin Cities will gather to share valuable information regarding health, nutrition, family, & other vital resources. Area residents will be offered a variety of resources including free food, clothing, blood pressure screenings, and more.¬†Children will find fun activities and back to school resources as well. Light refreshments will be provided and no advanced registration is required.

The indoor/outdoor resource fair is the 2nd part of a larger three-day ‚ÄúHope Fest‚ÄĚ event sponsored by the Center for Hope Ministries. Love is the focus on Friday the 26th and Faith & Healing is the theme for Sunday the 28th. The Love & Faith events will be held at the Center for Hope Ministries Church at 14940 Old Colonial Rd. Registration is required for Friday‚Äôs events. Those gathered will enjoy family friendly and fellowship oriented activities. All are welcomed to join in the services on Sunday, at 10:15 am. For

Center for Hope Outreach Programs Has a New Home!

January 18th, 2016
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Center for Hope Outreach Programs has a new home!  We are excited to announce that our program site located at 1308 E. Empire in Bloomington is now open.  The new location is strategically situated on both the Brown F and Orange H bus lines and  houses a variety of programs and services all under one roof! The Hope Pantry is open for walk-in food distribution every Tuesday morning from 9:30 until 11:30.  Kingdom Closet & Boutique offers free clothing every Saturday from 10:oo am until 2:00 pm.  The business office is open every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00 am -noon.  Afternoons are by appointment only.

We also continue to offer an alternate¬†food distribution at the Temba Food Pantry at 14940 Old Colonial Rd in Bloomington each Thursday from 4:30-6:30 pm.¬† Donations may be dropped off at this site as well any Tuesday -Friday between 10:00 am and 4:00pm.¬† As always, volunteers are needed throughout the week to assist with distributions, food drives, deliveries, and other fun opportunities.¬† Interested candidates may contact¬†Pat Turner at 309-808-3742 or by email at [email protected] to arrange a tour or for more information.

We are so pleased to have the opportunity to continue serving the McLean County Community.  We are especially grateful to all who partner with us in helping to make our community a strong and health one. We count it a blessing to both serve you and serve with you!

Help “Strike Out Hunger”!

December 8th, 2010
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Please Join Center for Hope Food Pantry Network and the Normal CornBelters in “Striking Out Hunger‚ÄĚ.¬† Any one bringing 3 cans of food to this Saturday‚Äôs (May 31st) game against the Washington Wild Things will get in at ¬Ĺ price.¬† Box seats with a food donation are only $6.00.¬† Please pass this info along and see you at the game!