Florida food banks.
Florida residents can get free or low cost food, groceries, meals, and perishable items from pantries and food banks that are located across the state. The listing below is for the lead agency in the county. There are a number of other resources available to families. The non-profit agency listed below partners with dozens of other churches, non-profits, food banks, and charities in the county to accept applications and distribute the free food to the needy.
In addition, all of the organizations and agencies listed partner with a national organization known as Feeding America, which used to be called America's Second Harvest. This is the nations leading food assistance / non-profit organization. In Florida alone over 100 million pounds of groceries, perishable items, and food is distributed each year to people in need of help, and hundreds of thousands of residents in Florida receive assistance from the food banks and pantries each and every year.
The food banks and pantries listed below are in addition to all of the distribution centers that are located in your town or county. If a center is not listed as being in your immediate region, call a nearby pantry for a referral to a center that may be more convenient to you.
You can call the agency noted below to learn more about the services they offer, and to find out exactly where you can go for free food and other assistance, such as clothing. They may refer you to a church, charity, or other location that is closer to where you live in Florida.
Bradenton (Serving: Manatee County)
Food Bank of Manatee County
811 23rd Avenue East
Bradenton, Florida 34208
Dial: 941-747-FOOD (747-3663)
Fort Pierce (Serving: Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee & St. Lucie Counties)
Treasure Coast Food Bank
3051 Industrial 25th St
Address - Fort Pierce, FL 34946
Some of what may be provided includes formula, canned goods, surplus government commodities and even applications to government assistance such as food stamps.
Ft. Myers (Serving: Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry & Lee Counties)
Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida
3760 Fowler St.
Ft. Myers, FL 33901
Phone number: 239-334-7007
Gainesville (Serving: Alachua, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette & Levy Counties)
Bread of the Mighty
Main address is 716 NW 5th Street
P.O. Box 5086
Gainesville, Florida 32627
A leading non-profit in the state. They have referrals and databases of local pantries. Some assistance may be provided to senior citizens as well, including home delivered meals or lunches.
Jacksonville (Serving: Baker, Bradford, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Madison, Nassau, Putnam & St. Johns Counties)
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Florida
1502 Jessie Street
Jacksonville FL 32206
Lake City (Serving: Columbia, Hamilton, Suwannee & Union Counties)
Food Bank of Suwannee Valley
772 E. Duval Street
Lake City, Florida 32055
Phone number: 386-755-5683
Lakeland (Serving: Polk & Highlands Counties)
Agape Food Bank
Address - 625 McCue Road
Lakeland, FL 33815
Dial - 863-665-7074
Call this center when faced with a crisis. A box of food or groceries may be provided. Children and students can also receive snacks or meals when they are out of school, during the summer.
Land O'Lakes (Serving: Hernando & Pasco Counties)
Suncoast Harvest Food Bank
5829 Ehren Cutoff
Land-O'Lakes, FL 34639
Phone number: 813-929-0200
Pembrook Park (Serving: Broward, Dade, Monroe & Palm Beach Counties)
Feeding South Florida
Physical address - 2501 SW 32 Terrace
Pembroke Park, FL 33023
Phone number: 954-518-1818
Milton (Serving: Bay, Escambia, Holmes, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton & Washington Counties)
Bay Area Food Bank
5709 Industrial Blvd
Milton, Florida 32583
Ocala (Serving: Marion County)
First Step Food Bank
P.O. Box 4774
Ocala, Florida 34478
Orlando (Serving: Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole & Volusia Counties)
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
2008 Brengle Avenue
Orlando FL 32808
A focus is on seniors, the unemployed, and working poor families faced with an emergency. Rice, breads, frozen food, WIC applications, and more are available.
Sarasota (Serving: DeSoto & Sarasota Counties)
All Faiths Food Bank
Primary address is 8171 Blaikie Ct.
Sarasota FL 34240
Main phone number: 941-379-6333
Tallahassee (Serving: Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Taylor & Wakulla Counties)
America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend, Inc.
110 Four Points Way
Tallahassee FL 32305
Tampa (Serving: Citrus, Hardee, Hillsborough, Pinellas & Sumter Counties)
Feeding America Tampa Bay
4702 Transport Drive Bldg. 6
Tampa Bay, Florida 33605-5940
Thousands of residents from the region get help from this center.
Local Florida food banks
Find information and locations of additional pantries and food banks for your city or county in Florida. They can oftentimes provide free food, clothing, holiday meals and assistance, and other help. Many centers can even help people apply for public or government aid, such as SNAP food stamps or the WIC program. These locations are specific to the county or city.
Additional state of Florida assistance programs
In addition to the food banks in Florida listed above, as well as the phone number for more locations below, there are other financial assistance programs that operate in the state. These are available for all Florida residents that qualify. They include the following:
Other food banks in Florida
Most counties should be listed above. However, if not, or if you need additional food assistance, other options that are available to you include low cost groceries from Angel Ministries (Learn more), food from the SNAP food program, and government food assistance programs. Or dial 813-321-7858 for more information on locations of distribution centers or pantries in your town or county.
Between the Florida food banks listed above, as well as the other programs noted, no one in Florida should ever go hungry.