Buffalo County free food pantries.

Struggling families in Buffalo County have several pantries to turn to for assistance. The centers will provide clients with a free box of groceries and other support, such as clothing or hygiene items. Another major focus is on offering intake sites for SNAP food stamp benefits that are needed by Kearney Nebraska families living in poverty.

The listing below contains information on both of the resources that are available. Several of them will only process applications to public benefits, such as food stamps or they may offer USDA commodities for children that participate in Head Start. But there are also charity run soup kitchens and food banks in the county, and these locations serve hot meals, offer baby formula and more.

Buffalo County food pantries may of course offer groceries, but they try to provide much more. Depending on the location there may be holiday meals or Christmas presents, soap and shampoo, toys, school supplies and more. This will depend on donation levels.

Pantries and soup kitchens

Mid Peterson Meal Program
Location - 2020 W 11th St.
Kearney, NE 68847
Telephone number for intake is 308-233-3292
This non-profit will serve lunches that will be healthy to the low income, homeless, and seniors in Buffalo County. Meats, soup, dairy, and more is served.

Salvation Army Kearney
1719 Central Ave.
Kearney, NE 68847
Social services are for families in poverty. There is a clothing closet, pantry, and of course Christmas meals and toys. Other assistance may be financial, transportation, and more.





Jubilee Food Pantry
Main address: 2523 Avenue A
Kearney, Nebraska 68848
Main phone number – 308-234-3880

The S.A.F.E. Center
620 E 25th St., Ste. 14
Kearney, Nebraska 68847
Call for Hours: 308-237-2599
Women, including domestic violence survivors and children can get free food or meals.

East Lawn Ministries Pantry
2900 Grand Ave. #342
Kearney, NE 68847
Call 308-224-3771

United Way of Kearney
4009 6th Ave., Ste. 19
Kearney, NE 68845
Dial 308-237-6840
Referrals are given to USDA food assistance programs, places for work clothing, WIC vouchers for baby formula, and much more.

Pumpkin Patch
4500 Linden Dr.
Kearney, NE 68847
Phone: 308-237-4220

Sonshine World
Main address - 2715 W 39th
Kearney, Nebraska 68848
Call for Hours: 308-234-1883





Spirit of Life Food Pantry
PO Box 274
Elm Creek, NE 68836
Telephone number is 308-856-4724

Minden Senior Center
403 N Colorado
Minden, NE 68959
Call for Hours: 308-832-2139
Buffalo County elderly, disabled, and homebound can sign up for Meals on Wheels or Congregate food. Other USDA Commodities may be served for free.

Minden Food Pantry
PO Box 322
Minden, Nebraska 68959
Telephone: 308-832-1221
The charity may have Peanut Butter, Cereal, the Senior Brown Bag program and other resources.

Gibbon/Shelton Center
PO Box 37
Gibbon, Nebraska 68840
Call for Hours: 308-468-5469

Restricted food assistance programs in Buffalo County

Headstart Kearney
1023 Ave. F
Kearney, Nebraska 68848
Dial 308-865-5695
Snacks and small food items are for children enrolled in the program only.

Developmental Services of Nebraska
Location 1112 Avenue C
Kearney, NE 68845
Call for Hours: 308-440-0231




Kearney Housing Agency
Kearney, NE 68848
Dial 308-234-3000 for referrals.
People that live in the section 8 housing can get help in applying for SNAP food stamps, TANF for paying bills buying groceries and more.

St. Luke’s Child Care
Location is 2209 E 32nd
Kearney, Nebraska 68848
Call 308-236-6951 for hours.

For referrals to other emergency food pantries in Buffalo County, dial 402.905.4802. There may also be mobile sites and soup kitchens for the low income.






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