OSF Saint Francis Medical Center

Peoria, Illinois

St. Ann’s Garden of Hope

Growing in space and harvest each year, St. Ann’s Garden of Hope is a place where people gather to celebrate life, build friendships, beautify their neighborhood and promote good nutrition by growing healthy food for people who live in the area.

The garden project seeks to inspire the community and to connect volunteers and our OSF HealthCare Mission Partners to the active promotion of healthy lifestyles. The project aligns with the church’s role in ministering to the whole person – body, mind and spirit. It also fulfills several components of the Faith Community Nursing program Model for Healthy Living.

Located at 1414 W. Antoinette St., adjacent to St. Ann Catholic Church, the Garden of Hope provides a safe place for family, friends and neighbors to gather and support each other. Working in the garden is a productive physical activity. The healthy fruits, vegetables and herbs harvested are shared throughout the neighborhood. 


General Help

Building, planting, weeding, watering and harvesting.

Garden of Hope: St. Ann's 1414 W Antoinette St, Peoria, IL 61605
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday | 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Garden of Hope: St. Mathew's I Center For Health 8600 IL-91 Peoria,  61615
Monday and Friday | 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Food Distribution

Garden of Hope: St. Ann's I 1414 Antoinette St. Peoria, IL 61615
Wednesday | 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Get Involved

Volunteers are needed throughout the planting, growing and harvesting seasons. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please fill out our online application and download the Volunteer Waiver to bring with you.

Ways to Donate

Financial Donation

If you are unable to work in the garden but have a heart for this ministry, please consider a financial donation.

Donations will be used at local garden centers to support our annual wish list which consists of many varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs, trees, and miscellaneous garden supplies.

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In Memory of, In Honor and Living Tributes

Together with OSF HealthCare, you can help leave a lasting legacy. With the purchase of an engraved brick, tree, garden box, or plant to support the Garden of Hope: St. Ann’s & St. Matthew’s, you not only memorialize your loved one, but you help serve our community. The fruit, vegetables and herbs produced in the garden will be given to community members in need.

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Seasonal Garden Update

Your contributions are making a difference in the community.

Produce Harvested –


St. Ann’s Garden of Hope

  • 2019 Total pounds harvested –4,900

  • 2020 Total pounds harvested – 6,338


St. Matthew’s Garden of Hope

  • 2019 Total pounds harvested – 5,579

  • 2020 Total pounds harvested – 6,407

What is a Faith Community Nurse?

The OSF Faith Community Nursing program is a unique partnership between two healing entities – our hospitals and the faith community. Faith Community nurses partner with clergy and health care organizations to advocate for the health and well-being of church congregations. The program focuses on preventative health care, showing members how to lead healthier lives through education, screenings and referrals to community resources.

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