2919 West Garden Street
Peoria, Illinois 61605


Top 10 Most Needed Items

Peanut Butter
Canned Tuna Fish
Canned Chicken
Pasta – 1#

Spaghetti Sauce
Cereal – 10 – 15 oz
Hamburger Helper
Crackers, Saltines, etc.
Canned Fruits & Veggies

Other Needed Items


Apple Sauce
Beef Stew
Green Beans
Pork & Beans
Fruit Cocktail
Peanut Butter
Tuna oil or water


Boxed Potato Mixes
Cake Mixes
Corn Muffin mixes
Dried Beans
Dried Peas
Elbow macaroni
Macaroni & Cheese
Pudding Mixes
Pancake mixes

Other Items

Frozen Meat
Toilet Paper
Fresh Vegetables
Dairy products

Staple Items

Salad dressing

Food Pantry ~ Clothing ~ Housewares

The Benevolence Center accepts donations of gently used clothing and household goods, as well as donations for the food pantry.

Our Benevolence Center is located just 2 blocks east of our main Laramie Street building.

You can drop off your donations at the back of the building (parking lot side).

Donations are accepted Monday – Friday from 7am to 3pm. The Benevolence Center is closed on major holidays.  Our phone number is 673-1041

There are so many opportunities for service at the Benevolence Center. Donations are received daily that need to be sorted. Food bags need to be made up. Unusable items are bagged and sold to commodities dealers. Bring yourself or an entire group. To volunteer at the Benevolence Center, fill out the volunteer application or contact us for more information.

Our Benevolence Ministries assist the folks that need a helping hand. From community gardens to emergency appliances, from coats to groceries, our “Benevolence Center” is here to fill the gaps when those emergencies come up and there’s no where else to turn. It’s pretty amazing that when no one else can help God always can!  Residents of 61605 can come Monday thru Friday at noon, we accept the first 25 people, for items from our food pantry. Bring a photo id & proof of mail for your address. 


Sara Appleyard-Pekich 04Sara Appleyard-Pekich, Assistance Minister – I have been active in Ministry for the last 14 years. God has led me to be a part of several different types of ministry including: camp ministry, coffee shop ministry, ministering to adults with Developmental Disabilities, and pastoral ministry. I am a graduate of Trinity Christian College and Western Theological Seminary. My husband Bill and I met while in Seminary. We live in Pekin where he is the pastor of Second Reformed Church. We enjoy spending time with our three year old son and our three dogs. My greatest passion is sharing God’s love with those who feel unloved. In the last two years at the Benevolence Center I have been blessed to see the Spirit of God moving and changing lives of those we serve. I look forward to what God has for us in the future!


Quinton Johnson Sr. – Born and raised on the south side of Peoria, came to know Christ as a young boy, whom in May of 1992 married the beautiful Charlotte Davis. We have 5 kids 4 boys and a daughter. In 2007 the Lord called me from being a drummer on the praise team to the pulpit, and later in April of 2009 I was ordained, and since then my life has been busy for God and being here at the BC has helped me and trained me well to deal with Gods people, as well as the people from everyday life. I am and will be forever grateful  to our God and King!!!