Food banks and pantries.

Local food banks and pantries are a great place to turn to for free food, groceries, and other forms of non-financial support. Millions of individuals and families are struggling with feeding their families on a consistent basis. While maybe in some months most people are fine, there can be other periods of time due to an unexpected bill or reduction in income that can make it more challenging.

Many low to moderate income families also struggle to keep food on their tables due to the escalating cost of basic items and the weak economy. Tens of millions of people receive some type of food assistance from these centers every year. Never hesitate to ask or stop by a location. Information is provided below on food banks and distribution centers that are located in your state.

Food pantries are run by a wide range of organizations, charities, non-profits, and even government affiliated agencies. For example, many churches will have a food pantry or soup kitchen on site. Organizations like the Salvation Army or Catholic Charities may run a center at their local branches. Many of these locations also rely on government agencies and the generosity of the community at large. They support them in the form of providing surplus government commodities and they help the pantries offer food and groceries to individuals and families in need.

The exact type of assistance offered to qualified individuals will depend on the food bank. Some will provide bread, vegetables, baby formula, frozen food, and perishables. Other centers may just have free canned goods and other basic groceries. In addition, other forms of non-financial support may be offered, such as clothes, personal hygiene items, Christmas and Thanksgiving meals, and diapers. An individual will just need to call the distribution center near them to get the specifics on the food assistance programs administered.

In addition to information on food banks and pantries, families have other places to turn to for help. So if and when you are struggling, there are a number of resources available. Some of those options include:

Government food assistance programs – The federal government runs a large number of assistance programs for the low income. They are available across the nation. More on government food assistance programs.





Cheap and reduced price food – Organizations such as Gaballi, the Bread of Hope, and Angel Food Ministries provide food at up to 40% off the regular retail price. These services are available to anyone, regardless of their income, and there are no fees to use them. This allows families to save hundreds of dollars per year. Read more on cheap groceries.

Free coupons - Companies will provide consumers with significant savings from coupons that can be printed right at home. They can be used to pay for not only food and groceries, but also personal care items, pet supplies, and beverages. These can be used at any retailer, or combined with the services from a food bank, to save families even more more. A site to print up free coupons is

Womens Infant Children - WIC – This in another popular government assistance program for low income individuals. Free or low cost baby formula, food items, and other nutritional support is available. Read more WIC.

Food Stamps or TANF – Almost 40 million American receive some form of food vouchers from the federal government supported SNAP program. TANF can also be used to help pay for basic needs. The vouchers can provide the low income free and reduced cost food. More on TANF food stamps.

Clothing banks - Basic needs such as free holiday gifts, baby supplies, shoes, school supplies, work clothing and more may be provided by clothing closets and distribution centers. While these locations will not usually have food, having the ability to acquire these other goods from the centers can help families free up their money for buying groceries. Click here.

Feeding America – A leading non-profit agency that works with food banks and other distribution centers in all 50 states. The organization provides groceries, perishable items, boxes of food, and more to its regional partners. Those locations then work with pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other local charities or churches to serve low income families. Read more Feeding America locations.




State food banks and pantries

The food banks you will find listed below in your state are just a sampling of the centers offered. In addition to the locations noted, you will find phone numbers and contact information for organizations that can direct you to a food bank or pantry location that may be closer to your home. Also find information on other financial assistance programs.



























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