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Berrien County food banks and pantries.

Food assistance programs are administered by several charities as well as churches in Berrien County. Low income families, or those in an emergency, can stop in at a food pantry for help. Volunteers will try to provide assistance to anyone that needs it. Learn about everything from where to get a free box of groceries or toy for a child to applications for SNAP food stamps or WIC Vouchers.

Some of the food pantries below also provide financial aid as a last resort, but this is rare. What is more common to find in Berrien County is a place to get some fresh or canned groceries. For those that need a meal during Thanksgiving or Christmas, the food pantries also try to offer that service as well.

Note the hours that each charity is open is limited, as is their service territory. But some of the non-profits may offer a Meals on Wheels service for senior citizens and the disabled.

Seventh Day Adventist Church
Address is 140 Seneca Street
Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022
(269) 252-9929
The free food pantry is by appointment only, and can be used every 30 days. Fruits, vegetables, baby formula, and other goods are provided.

St. Augustine Of Canterbury Episcopal Church
1753 Union Avenue
Benton Harbor, MI 49022
(269) 925-2670
The needy from Benton Harbor can stop in. Clients include families in poverty and the unemployed. There is also a holiday meal service.

Catholic Community Center
Main address: 346 Catalpa
Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022
(269) 926-6424
Referrals are needed from the Foodlink service. Walk-ins are not accepted. The charity may also offer free Christmas meal or toys to Berrien County children. Or applications to SNAP food stamps are provided to the very low income.





Watervliet Free Methodist Church
Address is 7734 Paw Paw Avenue
Watervliet, MI 49098
Dial (269) 463-8280 for hours.

Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency Warehouse
331 Miller Street
Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022
(269) 475-4211
Qualified families can use the food bank. There may also be toilet paper, detergent, razors for shaving, laundry soap and free diapers for single moms.

Salvation Army Pantry - Benton Harbor Corps
Food bank address: 233 Michigan
Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022
(269) 927-1353
Find hunger prevention services from the regional church. Everything from financial aid to Angel Tree applications are provided. There is also a low cost thrift store as well as food pantry.

Niles Salvation Army Center
Location is 424 North 15th Street
Niles, MI 49120
(269) 684-2660
Everything from free food to Meals on Wheels and emergency utility bill help is offered.

Neighbor To Neighbor
Location is 9147 US 31 North
Berrien Springs, Michigan 49103
Phone: (269) 471-7411




Woodland Shores Baptist Church And Caring Cupboard Pantry
3555 Shawnee Road
Bridgman, MI 49106
(269) 465-4673
This is a year round as well as seasonal food pantry. Clothing, including for school, is combined with groceries or referrals to USDA programs. Seniors can also get priority.

There are additional food pantries in Berrien County. Dial 616.784.3250 for referrals. Other agencies, both charitable and government run, operate too. Whether it is an application to the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) or free summer meals for kids, help is available.


By Jon McNamara

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