Food is provided across the greater Luzerne County to the needy. Families as well as individuals can turn to either a pantry, soup kitchen, or food bank for help. The centers are all focused on assisting the less fortunate in the community, with a focus on ending hunger and directing residents to programs for long term stability.
The leading food pantries in the region are below. Most have limited resources and operate on a first come and served basis. The type of items at each center vary and can range from canned goods to USDA commodities or even hot meals. If a charity can't help, then referrals are offered.
Also, many very low income families in Wilkes Barre may also benefit from food stamps. Or other sources of financial aid. The locations often have information on those programs too.
Commission on Economic Opportunity
165 Amber Lane
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania 18702
Phone: (570) 826-0510
The non-profit coordinates most of the food pantry resources in the region. Staff can direct applicants to Meals on Wheels programs, help seniors, and offer advice on WIC or SNAP food stamps.
West Side Food Bank
Address of the non-profit is 190 S. Sprague Ave
Kingston, Pennsylvania, 18704
The location serves free holiday meals and also offers a box of food to income qualified families in Luzerne County.
St John Evangelist Church
35 William Street
A pantry can provide an emergency bag of non-perishable food.
Hazleton Food Pantry
100 West Broad Street, Suite 11 in Hazelton
For information, call 570-826-0510
Back Mountain Food Pantry
40 Knob Street
Dallas, Pennsylvania 18612
For hours of the non-profit, dial (570) 696-2917
There are boxes of food as well as clothing and personal hygiene goods.
Church of Christ Uniting
Location is 190 South Sprague Avenue
Jewish Family Services
71 West Northampton Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
Phone number is (570) 823-5137
The pantry assists regardless of religion or background.
Wyoming Valley Aids Clinic
Kingston, Pennsylvania 18704
Main number is 823-5808
Only supports families with HIV and/or Aids.
Saint Peter and Paul's Food Pantry
13 Hudson Road
Plains, PA 18705
They are part of the society of St. Vincent. The church runs a free food bank and clothing closet.
CEO pantry at Wilkes-Barre center
The church is based at 190 South Main Street
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Phone - 1-800-822-0359
The location is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Saint Vincent de Paul Society Food Pantry
Address: 39 East Jackson Street
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania 18701
Dial (570) 829-7796
Various social services are run. Groceries, Christmas meals, and more is available.
Wilkes Barre, PA 18701
Good Shepard Lutheran Church
190 South Main Street
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 18701
Telephone number is (570) 824-2991
Luzerne County Assistance Office
Address - 205 South Washington Street
Apply for programs such as WIC or food stamps from here.
Reach of St. Stephen's Food Pantry and Clothing Closet
35 S. Franklin St.
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
Food Pantry and free clothing closet for Luzerne County residents, a baby pantry is also available for newborn to 1 year old. For those that need it, older children's items are available in the Clothing Closet.
The Salvation Army food banks
There are two locations. They include the following. Both have everything from holiday meals and gifts to a free box of food. Shelter, case management, and job training is also offered along with a hot meal.
520 Kidder St, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, dial (570) 824-5990
739 Sans Souci Parkway, Hanover, PA, telephone (570) 823-4191
For more information on programs, dial the local Feeding America affiliate at 1-800-822-0359. While anyone can turn to a pantry to apply, the call in number will try to direct families to other pantries or USDA supported resources.
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