Free food banks, groceries and pantries in Ada County.
Free food pantries help low-income families in Ada County and Boise Idaho who need assistance in obtaining groceries or household supplies. A number of churches, charities and government agencies provide support. Get free or affordable groceries, personal hygiene stuff, holiday meals, and foodstuff. Find free food pantries and soup kitchens in Boise and Ada County near you below.
The food banks and pantries, many of which are open today, will often offer resources as well as run programs that acquire supplies from a variety of sources. Find a referral number at the bottom of the page for more hunger prevention programs as well. Some of the free food distribution centers in Boise ID also partner with soup kitchens in order to be able to provide hot meals to families living in poverty, including free Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Even find free Christmas food baskets for the low-income.
The Ada County food banks, including drive-thru pantries, will then distribute the groceries to low-income people who are in a crisis situation. Volunteers work with some charities, churches, and senior centers to deliver meals to disabled people and seniors for free. They will provide food or hot meals to people whose illnesses or disabilities make it difficult for them to leave home or shop on their own.
In addition to offering food, many centers can provide other forms of material assistance. This can include clothing, baby supplies, diapers, or they even run thrift stores. The locations provide extensive help to the elderly and low income.
Locate free food programs today from Boise ID area organizations
Heritage Bible Church
Address is 7071 Emerald, Boise, Idaho 83704. Call (208) 321-4373
A free food pantry helps people of all religions, ages, and ethnicities.
Hope Lutheran Church ELCA
331 N. Linder Rd., Eagle, ID 83616. Phone - (208) 939-9181
The center offers emergency food boxes to families and individuals who live in zip codes 83669, 83607, and 83644. Get free groceries, paper products like toilet paper, soap, and more. There are also fruits, vegetables, dairy and other goods.
ELDA - Community Action Partnership 4 - Boise
Location is 701 E. 44th #1, Garden City, ID 83714. Dial (208) 377-0700
Some of the assistance programs offered include Life Skills Education, Water Service Payment Assistance, Shelter, and food. The anti poverty organization also helps people save money on groceries, offer information on SNAP food stamps and other resources. They are a distribution point for government commodities, including cheese as well as Ensure for senior citizens. Read more on community action of Boise assistance programs.
- El-Ada CAP has another location at well at 2250 S Vista, Boise, Idaho 83705. Call (208) 345-2820
First Presbyterian Church
Address - 950 W. State, Boise, ID 83702. Call (208) 345-3441
537 W Bannock St Ste 100, Boise, ID 83705. Phone - (208) 424-7799
Boise Basin Senior Citizens & Food Pantry
102 Bear Run, Idaho City, Idaho 83631. Phone - (208) 392-4918
They focus on feeding the elderly and seniors in Ada County. There are Meals on Wheels free home delivery as well as Congregate meals. Seniors can get commodities, Ensure, nutritional groceries, fresh food vitamins and other support. Learn about other assistance programs for the elderly in Idaho.
Boise Rescue Mission City Light
Food pantry and shelter address is 1404 W Jefferson St, Boise, Idaho 83702. Call the charity at (208) 368-9901
Assistance programs for Ada County include a soup kitchen, food pantry and homeless shelter. A major focus is on feeding the homeless and poor. There are also groceries, free personal hygiene supplies such as soap or feminine goods and other items.
Boise State University Food Pantry
1910 University Drive, Boise, ID 83725. Call (208) 426-1527
Many college student use the pantry. Canned groceries, fresh produce, paper products and other goods are offered. Or volunteer there for work.
Cathedral of the Rockies - Amity Campus
Address is 4464 S. Maple Grove Rd, Boise, Idaho 83709. Phone - (208) 362-2168
St. Vincent De Paul
2160 S Broadway Ave, Boise, ID 83706. Call (208) 853-4921
Various social services are offered for the working poor. Some emergency assistance for basic needs can be provided, including housing. Food and hot meals are given to anyone who walks in. No one is turned away from this Boise center. The food pantry may have fresh produce, Boxed or Canned Juices, Hamburger Helper, Tuna, household cleaning supplies and other goods. Single moms in Boise as well as the homeless (among others) can get free food or meals. More on Boise SVDP assistance programs.
Corpus Christi House Inc.
525 Americana Blvd, Boise, Idaho 83702. Call (208) 426-0039
Foothills Christian Church
9655 W State St, Boise, ID 83714. Call (208) 853-0011
Canned Beans or meat, tuna, laundry detergent, cereal, juices, and other goods are offered. There may be dairy and baby formula too from the free pantry.
Heritage Bible Church
7071 W Emerald, Boise, ID 83704. Call (208) 891-9538
Imam Hussain Islamic Center
Address is 348 N Orchard St, Boise, ID 83706. Call (208) 353-8880
Boise Salvation Army
Some of the resources offered here are as follows. Free Thanksgiving, Easter and Christmas meals and gifts are served. A food pantry and clothing closet are operated. Get referrals and information on government assistance such as WIC or EBT cards for food stamps, which can be provided too. Summer meals, clothing, and much more are offered to needy families in Ada County. There is also a soup kitchen for hot meals.
- There are multiple location in Ada County. One is at 9492 W Emerald St, Boise, ID 83704. Dial (208) 343-5420
- A thrift store, which can have some kitchen supplies, is at 3209 W Overland Rd, Boise, ID 83705. Call (208) 344-4454
The Idaho Foodbank
3630 E Commercial Ct, Meridian, ID 83642. Call (208) 336-9643
They do not provide assistance directly to the public but rather work with churches and other charities. Referrals can be offered for summer meals and snacks, free groceries, and other resources. Many churches and charities in Ada County have pantries or soup kitchens. Or learn about assistance from WIC - Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, USDA surplus commodities, snacks for kids and more.
Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Boise
4950 Bradley St, Garden City, ID, 83714. Call 208-377-1477
Boise Cloverdale Seventh-day Adventist Church
1115 N Cloverdale Rd, Boise, ID 83713. Call (208) 377-8447
Community Ministries Center
Location - 3000 Esquire Dr., Boise, Idaho 83704. Phone - (208) 378-7774
The food pantry on site can offer groceries to the less fortunate in Ada County. Other support may include Diapers, Baby Furniture such as Cribs, and Formula/Baby Food. There is a free drive thru pantry too.
Agape in Action
Location is 5232 Fairview Ave, Boise, ID 83706. Dial (208) 685-0612
Some of the items offered include Formula/Baby Food, Diapers, Clothing, and Household Furniture. A food pantry is also on site, and can provide fruits, breads, vegetables, and canned goods to Ada County families.
St. John's Cathedral
Address: 775 N. 8th St., Boise, ID 83702. Call (208) 342-3511 for hours
Emergency food boxes and other support is available. Get dairy, infant milk, diapers, fruits and more. There are free shelf-stable food boxes for the poor, indigent, and people with no money in Ada County.
Cathedral of the Rockies First United Methodist Church
Address is 717 N. 11th St., Boise, ID 83702, Phone number is (208) 343-7511
True Hope First Baptist Church
607 N 13th St, Boise, ID, 83702. Phone - (208) 344-7809
Immanuel Lutheran Church
Address - 707 W Fort, Boise, ID, 83702. Call 208-344-3011
Hot meals are served Tuesday. A soup kitchen feeds the hungry, poor, homeless, veterans and people in need. Or get personal toiletries, hygiene supplies and other free items.
Real Life Ministries Food Room
1098 N Hickory Ave, Meridian, ID 83642. Dial (208) 888-7385
Stop by for groceries, surplus government commodities, and perishable food items. Support is offered for people of all means and backgrounds.
Foothills Christian Church
Pantry address - 9655 W State St., Garden City, ID 83714. For information, call (208) 853-0011
First Baptist Church Food Bank
Main address - 607 N 13th Street, Boise, ID 83702. Telephone number is (208) 344-7809
Children can be given snacks during summer. There are also holiday meals, including at Easter, Christmas, and Thanksgiving. A soup kitchen feeds the homeless and people with no money in Boise, or get free boxes of groceries for low-income families.
Kuna Community Food Bank
260 W 4th St, Kuna, ID, 83634. Dial 208-922-4745
Clients of the pantry include the homeless, unemployed, and very low income. Meals may be delivered to the homebound as well.
Meridian Food Bank
133 W Broadway Ave, Meridian, ID 83642. For information, dial (208) 888-5102
A number of resources are offered, all around feeding the poor, low income, unemployed and others.
St. Mary's Church
3890 W State St, Boise, ID 83702. Telephone number of the non-profit is (208) 345-2734
Calvary Chapel Food Pantry
123 Auto Dr.
Boise, ID 83709
Items include dairy, coffee, milk, and perishable food. There may also be cleaning supplies and hygiene items.
Treasure Valley Full Gospel Fellowship
3838 S Cole Rd
Boise, ID 83709
Food bank address is 4950 N. Bradley
Boise, Idaho 83714
Phone number - (208) 377-1477
Services from this center/food bank include holiday meals, access to a Food pantry, Community Clinics, and they partner with other Ada County Charities/Foundations/Funding Organizations.
Ada County Extension Service
Location is 5880 Glenwood Ave.
Boise, Idaho 83714
Main number is (208) 287-5900
The non-profit offers information on government aid, such as SNAP food stamps or WIC vouchers for single mothers. Referrals are also given to local food pantries in Ada County.
First Bible Missionary Church
375 N. Roosevelt
Boise, ID 83706
Telephone number is (208) 376-2439
Operation Love Center, Boise
1820 N. Dawn Ln.
Boise, Idaho 83713
The referral line phone number is (208) 375-3226
Boise Rescue Mission Ministries
308 S. 24th St.
Boise, Idaho 83702
The homeless and very low income can receive free hot meals, lunches, or dinners. Shelter and referrals are offered too.
Holy Apostles Catholic Church
6300 N. Meridian Rd.
Meridian, ID 83642
Call the church for guidance, meals, and other support.
Star Outreach - Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Address is 10775 State Street
Star, ID 83669
Food and school supplies are offered for children.
Community Action Partnerships - Agency on Aging
Main address is 125 E 50th St
Garden City, Idaho 83714
This is a senior center. Home delivered and meals are wheel are provided. A congregate meal site is available too.
Kuna Good Neighbors
12689 S. Five Mile
Kuna, ID 83634
Call (208) 362-1907
The non-profit runs a food pantry/bank at this location. Short term emergency grocery boxes are distributed to the needy.
Address: 4950 N Bradley St
Boise, ID 83714
Main number is (208) 377-1477
Whether information on USDA commodities or applications to school lunch programs, help is available.
Sulamita Evangelical Church
Location is 1435 N Black Cat
Meridian, ID, 83642
Application is required to use this free food bank. Any assistance is first come and served to qualified families in Ada County.
Whitney Friends Church - House Of Ruth
3102 Palouse St.
Boise, Idaho, 83705
Mountain View Food Pantry
2823 North Cole Rd.
Boise, ID, 83704
Fresh produce, canned soup, meats, dairy, and more is for working poor families.
Boise, Idaho 83704
Additional free food programs and hot meals near you in the Boise region
If a food pantry above can’t help you or if one is not near you, then dial 208.336.9643 for the locations of additional food pantries and distribution centers near you. Low income families in Ada County can receive free canned goods, meals, groceries, and holiday assistance from many centers. Or Feeding America programs in Boise help with applications to food stamps, free school lunch programs or even cooking classes.
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