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Top Box Foods

"It really makes the nutritious food affordable for families that maybe have difficulty getting to the grocery store or who are on assistance and can’t always afford higher-priced produce and meats."
—Linda Sandquist, Vice President, United Way of Rock River Valley

About Top Box Foods

For the residents living in the most challenged neighborhoods in Rockford, not only affording but finding nearby healthy food options for the dinner table is difficult.

United Way is making that task a whole lot easier. Through a partnership with Top Box Foods, on the first Saturday of every month, nutritious, affordable food is brought to food-insecure areas of Rockford. For the residents in those neighborhoods, it means not having to drive around town to pick up food to feed their families. The food is offered to those residents at nearby churches and libraries, allowing them to save money on both grocery costs and the gas they’d have to use to get to the nearest grocery store – many times miles away.

The price of the groceries offered through Top Box are up to 40% cheaper than that at a typical grocery store. It makes the service an invaluable resource for Rock River Valley residents who depend on it to provide for their families.

How to access Top Box's food options

The discounted Top Box food is available on the first Saturday of every month at the following three locations*:

*Due to COVID-19 and social distancing regulations, Top Box Foods pickup has been temporarily suspended. While we all deal with the coronavirus pandemic, Top Box Foods will operate through a 'Home Delivery Model' that will bring orders right to your home. For more information, click here.


Food must be pre-ordered ahead of time during the temporary suspension of pickup locations. Next food delivery is Thursday, July 2. Deadline to order is June 30.

To schedule a delivery to your home, simply choose the items you want and provide your address at checkout.

Order food by clicking here.

The numbers

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, United Way and Top Box Foods have distributed over 1,700 food boxes in the Rockford area, enough food for over 8,600 meals.

Want to help?

You can help ensure that we get much-needed food to people sheltering in place. To sign up, click here.

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More information

Contact Pam Thompson, Community Investment Manager — call 815-968-4200, or email