“The Fresh Mornings Program is Expanding!”

June 4th, 2021
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We’ve got great news! We are expanding our “Fresh Mornings” Program beginning the 3rd week in June 2021. Two year ago, Center for Hope launched a pilot program aimed at increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables for the purpose of improving health outcomes for local citizens. ¬†Recent studies show conditions¬†such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol are¬†among the top issues plaguing McLean County residents. ¬†While healthy¬†food choices go a long way in bringing about better health, many lacked access to fresh, nutritious and affordable fruits and vegetables on a regular basis.

That’s where “Fresh Mornings” comes in. Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 9am and noon, we offer¬†an array of fresh produce, whole grain¬†breads and other items that support good health. Those who utilize our Temba and Hope Food Pantries may also request a produce only basket, even if they are between their normal 30-day wait period.

There is even better news! ¬†As a result of a new grant and generous donations from a local farm, we will have a more abundant and even wider array of fresh produce to offer this summer and fall. Along with the food items,¬†we will be sharing recipe ideas and health info fliers. Help us spread the word and stop into “Fresh Mornings” for yourself!¬†Together we are building a healthier and happier community!

Pat Turner
Executive Director
Center for Hope Outreach Programs

“Getting Ready for Phase Five”

June 4th, 2021
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You may have heard the recent news that the State of Illinois is likely to move to Phase 5 of the Governor’s “Restore Illinois” plan in the month of June. ¬†This means that there has been a significant decrease in the number of new COVID-19 cases and that a significant number or Illinoisans have been fully vaccinated. ¬†In the new phase, guidelines requiring face masks and social distancing will be lifted for fully vaccinated individuals.

Center for Hope Outreach Programs will observe the new guidelines but will also continue to keep sanitation stations and free disposable face masks available to staff, volunteers and clients.  We will also continue carrying out enhanced cleaning and sanitation processes.  We ask those who are entering our facilities who are not fully vaccinated to continue to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth and to practice social distancing as before.

We appreciate everyone’s cooperation as we begin returning to regular food and clothing distribution practices. We will of course stay posted to CDC and local Health Department guidelines and will adjust accordingly. We wish you and your families a safe and healthy summer!


Pat Turner
Executive Director
Center for Hope Outreach Programs

Let Kroger Help Fundraiser

November 4th, 2019
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Just register your Kroger Plus Card
on the Kroger website and select Center for Hope Outreach as your chosen community reward recipient!


  1. Visit http://www.kroger.com
  2. Log into your Kroger account
  3. If you do not have a Kroger account hit the ‚Äúcreate an account‚ÄĚ link and follow the directions
  4. After signing in or creating your account, look to the left of the page and click on Community Rewards
  5. Search for Center for Hope Outreach Programs/or enter EC956 and it will automatically pop up.
  6. Click on enroll



Summer Volunteers Welcome!

November 27th, 2018
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Are you looking for something exciting to do this Summer?  Center for Hope  Outreach Programs welcomes new volunteers to our Kingdom Closet Clothing Distribution Center, Temba Food Pantry, and Senior Care Programs. Interested groups or individuals  may call 309-808-3742 to set a time to complete a brief application and interview.  Join our faithful team of service providers and experience the joy of helping to make our community stronger!



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!