South Fork September Mission


Garden Friends

The Garden Friends after school program in Nokomis is blossoming with possibilities. “The vision  for this program has been there for years,” said Director Linda Johnston. “I just have such a passion for children.” During her tenure with the Nokomis School District, Johnson subbed for the Homework Club and helped with the district’s after school program which was funded by grants. With that program no longer available, Johnston knew there was still a great need for children and families in the Nokomis Community. Garden Friends seeks to provide a secure setting and enable children to grow spiritually, physically, academically and emotionally. Together with volunteers Angie Keagy and Pattie Hamlin they formed the not-for-profit organization, Garden United, Inc. “We kept praying about it, Johnston said. “We knew it had to be something firmly planted in the community if it was going to last.” Garden United, Inc. is a non-denominational faith-based organization. It’s first ministry is Garden Friends After-School Program. The DCFS license exempt program is for children ages Pre-K through fifth grade. Garden Friends is always looking for support and volunteers and they appreciate all those who have helped in any way.


 Buckeye and Owaneco September Mission

Local Food Pantries


Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry

120 East 2nd Street

Pana, Illinois


3:00 to 5:00 pm


 Taylorville TMA Food Pantry

1429 East Main Cross

Taylorville, Illinois

Tuesdays 8:30 to 10:00 am

Thursdays 5:30 to 7:00 pm

Saturdays 8:30 to 9:30 am