Community Services

Find Out How to Connect With Various Ministries Within our Community

Marengo Area Food Pantries

We have two food pantries in the Marengo/Union Area:

M.O.R.E. (Marengo Area Outreach Enterprises)

829 Greenlee Street

Marengo, IL 60152


Hours of operation: Wednesdays, 9:00a.m. until noon for walk-ins

Thursdays, 4:00p.m. till 6:00p.m. by appointment

Emergency Financial Assistance for Marengo High School District residents is available one time a year for the following:

ComEd electric or NICOR gas: only for prior notice to disconnect bills

City Water bill with notice of disconnection of service

Rental Assistance for a 5-day notice to vacate

Some RX prescriptions which are not covered by insurance

Gasoline voucher only for a verified appointment

No cash is ever given out.

The Sharing Center

Marengo United Methodist Church

119 E. Washington Street

Marengo, IL 60152


Hours of operation: Tuesday 12:30p.m. - 3:00p.m.

Serving all McHenry County Residents

For more Food Pantries in the area:

WIC (Women, Infants, and Children):


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Stone Soup

A bowl of hot soup and other food items are served weekly by Stone Soup on Tuesdays from 11:30a.m. through 2:30p.m. There is no charge, but a donation basket is provided for those who would like to donate to this ministry.


Money received goes towards purchasing items needed for the following week's soups, as well as for purchasing food for the Sharing Center. The Sharing Center provides food for those experiencing food insecurity, by sponsoring a food drive which takes place every Monday afternoon at Marengo United Methodist Church.             

Information on Alcohol, Addiction, and Recovery

Caring for an Aging Spouse or Parent

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For information on assisted living options, please click on the link below.

For an easy-to-understand guide on the ins and outs of medicare. This free resource highlights coverage, costs, eligibility and enrollment information, along with answers to some frequently asked questions


At SeniorHousingNet, older adults find help with housing that will meet their current and future care needs while allowing the most active and social lifestyles possible. Below are links to their guide.

Illinois Senior Health Resources

Medicare, like all health insurance programs, can be very complicated. In fact, over 50% of seniors enrolling in Medicare during open enrollment found choosing the right plan confusing, and more than one-third of seniors did not feel prepared to choose the right plan.


As a Medicare plans resource center the Illinois Senior Health Resources Department have made it their mission to tackle the challenges associated with Medicare (Note: they do not sell or provide healthcare plans).

Their aim is to:

  1. Serve as a Medicare counselor, advocate, and educator.
  2. Provide fact-based, data-driven, expert-reviewed information about Medicare and Medicare rights.
  3. Advocate for and assist in finding actionable solutions to healthcare coverage problems for aging adults.

Their newly updated resource on Medicare in Illinois helps guide seniors through all of the available Medicare plan options and provides a list of helpful community organizations across Illinois that can further support seniors with choosing a plan that meets their financial and medical needs.


You can view the guide here:

Information on Memory Care for Seniors:

Many families with aging adults are unaware of the several available memory care options and programs in their area that can help them support a high quality of life. Below are links to information to help facilitate the care of elderly people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of progressive-degenerative dementia.