Hundreds of food banks and pantries across Missouri provide free food and groceries to individuals and families who are struggling. There are six primary agencies that coordinate the efforts across the state, and more information on them is below. Additional more regional and local non-profit distribution centers also operate in the state.
These six organizations partner with hundreds of other churches, charities, non-profits, and other aid organizations that operate in all towns and cities across Missouri. Many of the agencies do focus on the low income, elderly, and working poor, but usually people of all means can get some type of free food assistance, including Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. Other aid offered to the less fortunate in Missouri may include baby food, diapers, clothing, and more.
Tens of thousands of families are helped every year, and almost 100 million pounds of food are distributed to the low income and others every year. Do not hesitate to call these locations for free groceries, food, and nutritional support.
In addition to the centers listed below, find other financial assistance programs and resources in your county by asking a pantry in Missouri for referrals.
The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri
2101 Vandiver Drive, Suite B, Columbia, Missouri 65202
Phone (573) 474-1020
Toll free (800) 764-3663
Provides support, government commodities, and aid to churches and regional pantries, which then offer the goods to the general population.
Harvesters - The Community Food Network
3801 Topping Ave.
Kansas City, Missouri 64129
Ozarks Food Harvest
Address: 2810 N. Cedarbrook Ave.
Springfield, MO 65803
Phone: (417) 865-3411
Second Harvest Community Food Bank
915 Douglas St., St. Joseph, MO 64505
Harvesters - The Community Food Network
215 SE Quincy, Topeka, KS 66603
Supports counties and towns in Missouri as well. Frozen foods, perishable items, breads, dairy products and more may be served.
Southeast Missouri Food Bank
Cape Girardeau MO 573-651-0400
Many perishable items and food is provided to locations and centers across the southern part of Missouri.
St. Louis Area Foodbank
70 Corporate Woods Drive
Bridgeton, Missouri 63044
Telephone: (314) 292-6262
This may be one of the largest non-profit distribution centers in the state. Thousands of unemployed families, the working poor, and elderly receive support. Everything from baby formula to emergency bags of groceries are served.
Hillsboro Food Pantry Inc.
10399 Business 21
Hillsboro - Missouri 63050
Call the pantry at (636) 789-5920 for information
Central Missouri Food Bank Pantry
Address: 1408 Indiana Ave
Columbia - MO 65203
Call (573) 874-7848 for hours and information.
Each county and town will be serviced by local food distribution centers, churches, and other agencies. Find more information, including addresses and phone numbers, of additional pantries and food banks for your city or county in Missouri. Programs are specific to those locations, and can range from meals, emergency food boxes, hot meals, summer snacks, to food stamp and WIC application sites.
Columbia Second Chance of Missouri
P.O. Box 10186
Columbia - MO 65205
Programs offered include canned food items, government commodities, and free food items.
Foodchain - The National Food-Rescue Network
Location and address is 912 Baltimore
Kansas City - MO 64105
The non-profit administer several government and private food assistance programs. Lunches and snacks may be provided to students from the backpack program. Surplus USDA Commodities are offered to low income and working poor families. Other assistance includes canned goods and perishable food items for income qualified families in Missouri.
Better Living Center
7217 Troost Ave
Kansas City - MO 64131
Benton County Food Bank
121 Tower Dr.
Warsaw - Missouri 65355
Phone number - (660) 428-3500
For additional locations for free or low cost food in Missouri, call the Missouri Food Bank Association at 573-355-7758. The low to moderate income can also use government food assistance programs and other resources. Click here.
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