Get to Know Us

The Christian mission of the Geneseo-Atkinson Food Pantry is to provide food, clothing, and short-term emergency assistance for families and individuals residing in Geneseo (61254) or Atkinson (61235) zip code areas. 

This Christian mission includes responding to local needs and assisting in the development and maintenance of individuals and families to enable them to be functional, effective, and healthy.

Spiritual needs will be recognized and addressed in cooperation with the Geneseo Ministerial Association (GMA).
620 W. Main St.
P.O. Box 324
Geneseo, IL 61254
(309) 944-3165
fax: (309) 944-2863 

“Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”  
–Matthew 25:40

Our History

  • Established as community ministry at Grace United Methodist Church in January 1982
  • Moved to First Presbyterian Church in August 1983
  • Moved to 217 N Russell, purchased by the Geneseo Ministerial Association in May 1989
  • Moved to the current building, at 620 W. Main St., Geneseo, in April 2018

Our Board


  • Fr. Michael Pakula, St. Malachy Catholic Church — President
  • Linda Henry, Concordia Lutheran Church  — Vice President
  • Karen Cathelyn, St. Malachy Catholic Church — Secretary
  • Greg Bodeen, Grace United Methodist Church — Treasurer

Board Members:

Don Meier, First Congregational Church
Rev. Matt Kamprath, First Lutheran Church, GMA Representative
Bill Hanson, First Lutheran Church
Shirley Weaver, First Baptist Church
Louise Wildemuth, St. Anthony’s Catholic Church
Pat Knudtson, Loraine United Methodist Church
John Schang, First Presbyterian Church
Jan Clark, Geneseo Evangelical Free Church
Dale Tanis, First United Methodist Church
Pastor Dustin Largent, Atkinson Congregational Church


Jolynn Kitterman — Director
Jolynn has been employed at the Food Pantry since August 2001.  She and her husband, Kevin, live in Colona. They have 5 children and 4 grandchildren. In her spare time Jolynn likes to custom embroider, flower garden, and read. She also volunteers for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Nicole Freadhoff 
Nicole has been employed at the Food Pantry since July 2015.  She, her husband Greg, and two children live in Geneseo. In her spare time Nicole likes to read, run, and scrapbook. She also volunteers at her children’s school and church.

Karen McGill
Karen began volunteering at the Food Pantry in 2000, and she has been the custodian since August 2018.  Karen has seven children and five grandchildren.  In her spare time Karen likes to create bookmarks, jewelry, and garden art.