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Allen County food banks, soup kitchens and free pantries.

Low to moderate income families can turn to food pantries in Allen County for help. The organizations, most of which were set up as non-profits, can also assist residents that are facing an emergency shortage in their monthly food supply. They also refer clients to many other social services in the Lima Ohio area. The hours and application process vary by pantry, but the leading centers in the community are below.

The various locations depend on the generosity of the community. This means without donations of surplus USDA commodities or the contributions of local restaurants and grocery stores, these pantries would not be able to operate. Due to the resource constraints they have, they will often limit how many times a family can use a food pantry.

For more information, try a center below. If one is not near where a resident lives, there may be referrals to other Allen County locations provided. Or they will link clients with other options, such as soup kitchens, holiday meal programs, or food stamp application sites.

Bluffton Community Assistance Corporation - At Saint John's United Church Of Christ
Main address is 223 W College Ave.
Bluffton, OH 45817
Dial (419) 358-5641
If qualified, a family could get around 30 grocery items per month from this charitable food pantry. They also provide referrals to SNAP food stamps, housing, clothing closets, and other services.

Cairo United Methodist Church
Main address is 202 W Main St.
Cairo, Ohio 45820
Dial (419) 641-3401

Christian Heritage Fellowship International
Main address is 10430 Elida Rd.
Delphos, Ohio 45833
Main phone - Dial (419) 695-7055




Allentown United Methodist Church
Location is 4900 Allentown Rd.
Elida, OH 45807
Call the charity at (419) 339-2558

Firm Foundation Christian Center
2701 Dutch Hollow Rd.
Elida, OH 45807
(419) 339-2487
Regardless of religion, there may be Thanksgiving or Christmas meals, emergency boxes of groceries, and other help from this Allen County food bank.

County Line Church Of The Brethren
4227 N Hardin Rd.
Harrod, Ohio 45850
Call (419) 649-5364
Volunteers operate this free food pantry. Low income families can try it for fruits, groceries, canned goods, and more.

Allen County Saint Vincent Depaul Society
Location of food bank - 928 S Main St.
Lima, OH 45804
Telephone number is (419) 224-3570
Programs range from a thrift store to food pantry. There may also be Christmas meals or gifts, hot meals for the homeless, and also senior citizens can sign up for a delivery service. Children from low income families may also be given free winter coats or school supplies. Financial aid may also be available in Allen County.

Churches United Pantry
Main address - 129 S Pierce St.
Lima, Ohio 45805
(419) 221-3243
This is a client choice food pantry.





Good Ground World Ministry
5300 Spencerville Rd.
Lima, OH 45805
Call (419) 905-1961
The pantry may have meat, canned goods, dairy, Thanksgiving food boxes, vegetables and fruits, and more.

Grace Church Worldwide Ministries
Address: 2945 Wells Dr.
Lima, Ohio 45804
(419) 228-4848
An emergency pantry helps the less fortunate in Allen County.

Heartbeat Of Lima
Main address is 3225 W Elm St.
Lima, OH 45802
Telephone number is (419) 222-7945
They only assist homes with children under the age of 3. There is non-perishable food, baby formula, referrals to diaper programs and WIC vouchers. Single moms can also call on the charity for help.

In Faith Ministries - Carrying Hands Food Pantry
1575 E High St.
Lima, Ohio 45801
Call (419) 225-8871

Lima Family YMCA
Address: 136 S West St.
Lima, OH 45801
(419) 223-6045
Teenagers can get food or fruits. There are also summer snacks and Christmas programs/meals for children.

Lima Seventh-day Adventist Church
Main address is 1976 Spencerville Rd.
Lima, Ohio 45805
(419) 234-3215

Mizpah Community Center
Mailing address - 1802 S Central Ave.
Lima, OH 45804
Telephone - (419) 222-5011

Mount Zion Holy Union Church
Location is 1690 S Main St.
Lima, OH 45804
(419) 229-6578
Free food is offered to income qualified Allen County families. There may also be personal hygiene items, paper goods, and holiday meals, such as Thanksgiving food baskets.





New Life Church International
1180 W High St.
Lima, OH 45805
(419) 999-1615
Bags of groceries are provided. Senior citizens can inquire into USDA food and meals that can be delivered for a nominal fee.

Perry United Methodist Church
Location is 3250 E Breese Rd.
Lima, OH 45806
Main phone - (419) 221-3250
The pantry is only open one day per month.

Salvation Army Of Allen County
Location is 614 E Market St.
Lima, OH 45802
For information, call (419) 224-9055
Programs include SNAP food stamp applications, financial aid for certain bills, and a food pantry.

For locations of other food pantries or soup kitchens, dial 419.222.7946. Or families can be referred to Commodity Supplemental Food, Summer meals, or WIC vouchers.

By Jon McNamara













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