Low to moderate income families in Desoto County can turn to a network of free food bank and pantries for assistance. There are a number of charities that distribute items to the needy. There is help for families facing an emergency as well as longer term food assistance programs for people in poverty.
When applying, income conditions are in place, and each pantry will only have a limited number of goods. What residents may find from a local church or non-profit in Desoto County includes free boxes of food, clothing, Christmas meals, and more. Some non-profits also have clothing and applications to public aid.
The main centers are below. Each is open limited hours. Some of the pantries will also offer limited financial support which can cover other expenses, and this will be in addition to the food items.
Address: 385 Stateline Road West
Southaven, MS, 38671
Main phone number is (662) 280-5365
This location helps hundreds of families per year that are living in poverty. Groceries, hot meals, free food, and referrals are available.
Hope Ministries Food Pantry
110 N Robinson
Senatobia, Mississippi 38668
First Baptist Church Food Bank
2650 Hwy 301 N Lake
Cormorant, MS 38641
Main phone - 901.833.2154
A soup kitchen is also on site for Thanksgiving and Christmas meals or gifts for children too.
Hernando / Nesbit Interfaith Council on Poverty
Location is 499 East Commerce Street
Hernando, MS 38632
Telephone - (662) 429-5789
Many churches partner together as part of this network. They offer free food, such as canned goods, fruits, free baby formula, and more to the working poor and seniors. The pantry can be used at most one time per month.
Olive Branch Community Emergency Food Ministry
10947 Highway 178
Olive Branch, Mississippi 38654
Emergency food boxes are available for residents of the immediate region.
American Red Cross, Mid-south Chapter in Southhaven
Main address is 1400 Central Avenue
Southaven, Mississippi 38672
Can help the suffering in Desoto County. They also offer food, meals, and water during a disaster.
Catholic Social Services Sacred Heart Southern Missions Ministry
6050 Highway 161 North
Walls, MS 38680
Main phone - (662) 781-1360
Various social services are run. There is money for financial aid. Other support include a free food pantry and clothing from a store. Vouchers can be used for groceries, and the staff can help families in poverty apply for SNAP food stamps or USDA program.
Another church based location is at 6144 Highway 161 North, Walls, MS 38680. Call (662) 781-1472 for hours.
Sacred Heart Southern Mission
6144 Hwy 161 N
Walls, Mississippi 38680
Volunteers from the church offer referrals. Clothing, a hot meal, snacks, and free food are disbursed.
Interfaith Council on Poverty Food Pantry
Address is 1455 McIngvale Road
Hernando, MS 38632
Programs include free food, groceries, clothing, and a local home delivery service for senior citizens.
First Baptist Church Food Pantry
Coldwater, MS 38618
Main phone 662.622.7901
Heartland Church Food Bank
Main address is 385 Stateline R
Southaven, MS 38672
Groceries and other support is provided.
Samaritans Food Pantry
Location - 2600 Goodman Road Horn
Lake, Mississippi 38637
Call the charity when facing a crisis. Food, financial help, and even basic medical check ups are on site.
Additional pantries operate in Desoto County. There are also government run programs such as food stamps or surplus USDA commodities. For more information on these and more, such as Meals on Wheels for seniors, call 901-527-0841.
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