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Food banks and free pantries in Bexar County and San Antonio Texas.

If you need food for you or your family or applications to public benefits such as SNAP, call or stop by a food bank or pantry in Bexar County and/or San Antonio Texas. Several different non-profits, churches, and centers operate across the region and help thousands of people every day. There are free food pantries near you, soup kitchens, feeding sites for kids, USDA resources, and other assistance in the San Antonio area.

It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of families in the greater Bexar County and San Antonio area can qualify for free food from either the government or a pantry. What may be offered ranges from canned groceries, to baby formula, Meals on wheels for seniors, food for immigrants, and fresh perishable items. There are also free Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter meals in Bexar County.

Many people can get help from one of the food banks, churches, or charities located below, or maybe a federal government program or state of Texas program. There is a referral line at the bottom of the page for more food assistance programs. For example, social workers and case managers at many pantries can direct families to summer meal programs for their children, SNAP food stamps, and similar resources.

People should not need to decide between feeding their families, or paying for a medical or utility bill. During a difficult period be sure to stop by a free emergency food pantry or soup kitchen. Learn how you can get free food, a hot meal, groceries, or other forms of assistance.

Ella Austin Community Center
Assistance is offered from both Individual and Family Services as well as related programs. Specifically, food and grocery assistance is offered for the low income and the economically disadvantaged residing in Bexar County and San Antonio.
1023 N. Pine St.
San Antonio, Texas 78202
(210)224-2351 9:00 - 6:00 weekdays




Agape Ministry Emergency Assistance Program
Provides free food to people who reside in the following zip codes: 78217, 78218, 78239, 78209, 78219, 78233, 78244, 78247, and 78154;
In addition, other aid is offered, including government benefits. In order to qualify, the client of the program must be receiving food stamps to qualify for utility assistance and WIC (if applicable).
Address - 127 Lanark
San Antonio, Texas 78218
Bexar County Texas
Phone number - (210)590-6655
10:00 - 11:30 and 2:00 - 3:30 Monday through Friday

Basic Needs
103 Macrae
Kirby, Texas 78219
Address is (210)-605-4662
The charity has free bags of groceries, household and personal hygiene supplies, paper goods, and other items for the low income, needy, as well as migrant workers.

CAM Social Services
110 McCullough
Street address - San Antonio, TX 78215
Phone number - (210)223-6648
9:00 - 3:30 Monday through Thursday; 9:00 - noon Friday.
Emergency boxes of food, Christmas and Thanksgiving meals or turkeys, groceries, and other support is available in Bexar County. They also help families in poverty apply for cash aid, WIC vouchers, food stamps, and government benefits.

Churches in San Antonio and the county offer help. Many operate small, emergency food pantries that may be near you. There may be groceries, soap or toilet paper, detergent, feminine supplies and more. They help immigrants, the poor, unemployed, and anyone in need. More on churches in Bexar County.





Guadalupe Community Center
The food and assistance program is available for low income families. Examples of what is provided can vary by the type of program, but ranges from canned goods, perishable items, to Thanksgiving and Christmas meals and gifts. There is pasta, cereal, canned goods, and other groceries.
Address - 1801 W. Durango
City covered in texas - San Antonio, TX 78207
Hours - 9:00 - 6:00 weekdays; food distribution runs from 9:00 - 12:00 Monday through Thursday; clothing closet is open from 9:00 - 12:00 Monday and Wednesday

Senior Congregate Meal and Activities Comprehensive Emergency Assistance
Food and other assistance is offered in zip codes 78101, 78108, 78109, 78124, 78148, 78150, 78152, 78154, 78233 (Live Oak) 78239 (Windcrest) and 78263
250 Donalan
Converse, Texas 78109
Phone number - (210)658-6351 8:00 - 4:00 weekdays
They operate the Meals on Wheels program for the homebound, including disabled and elderly. Free meals, lunches, or boxes of frozen items may be served. They also give referrals to other Meals on Wheels programs in Bexar County.

Inner City Development runs the Emergency Food and Clothing program.
Address - 1300 Chihuahua St.
San Antonio, TX 78207
Program hours - (210)224-7239 10:00 - noon weekdays

Blessing of Hands Ministries
301 Fredericksburg Road
San Antonio, Texas 78201
They support all of Bexar County. The charity has emergency food to the low income and working poor. Those who can get help include seniors, the disabled, and low income families with children.





Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Access financial assistance for rent and bills, as well as free food.
One Haven for Hope Way
San Antonio, TX 78207
Bexar County Texas
Hours - 8:00 - 12:00 and 1:00 - 5:00 weekdays
Call the agency at (210)225-7837

United Way Crisis Line
This is a free service. Anyone can call. Learn about food banks, financial aid, medical care, and other resources. There is free food for children, seniors, the disabled, and anyone in need. Databases and lists of food assistance programs are offered, and more on crisis line in Bexar County and San Antonio.

Hispanic Religious Partnership
They run the so called HELP Program, which offers Emergency Food. Your income needs to be 200% of the federal government poverty level or less. Mexicans, Latinos, and Spanish speakers can get food and meals for their culture.
Address: 1701 W. Woodlawn
San Antonio, Texas 78201
(210)731-8118 8:00 - noon and 1:30 - 5:00 Monday through Thursday; 8:00 - noon Friday

Inman Christian Center runs the Inman Food Pantry
Call the center for information on free food. Emergency food assistance provided 10:00 - 2:00 weekdays. Fruits, vegetables, canned goods, and formula may be available.
Address - 1214 Colima
San Antonio, TX 78207
Dial - (210)222-9641
Hours of the center: 2:00 - 4:00 fourth Friday of every month

La Mision Family Health Care Clinic
In addition to offering medical care, they distribute free food.
19780 U.S. Hwy. 281 South
San Antonio, TX 78221
Hours: 8:00 - 4:30 weekdays
Phone - (210)626-0600

Little Church La Villita
The church provides free Emergency Food, Counseling and Prayer. People who can get help include anyone needing emergency food, clothing or counseling, including seniors, the disabled, and low income families with children. Supports all of Bexar County.
Address: 418 Villita St., Building 13
San Antonio, Texas 78205
Phone number: (210)226-3593
Hours - 10:00 - 4:00 weekdays







Operation Homefront - TRIAD / Operation Backpack / Emergency Tragedy Fund Ft. Hood. A food pantry is also run.
Address- 10157 IH 35 North, Suite A
San Antonio, Texas 78233
Dial for help - (210)659-8039
Hours: 8:00 - 5:00 weekdays

Military Family Relief Project
Call them or stop, and help is offered only for veterans or current member of the U.S. Armed Forces or its Reserve or National Guard component;
1801 W. Durango
San Antonio, TX 78207
Phone number - (210)226-6178
Hourse of the site: 8:00 - 5:00 weekdays

Presa Community Service Center offers the low income and working poor Emergency Food and Utility Bill Assistance. They also have applications on USDA programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) or surplus government commodities.
3721 S. Presa, San Antonio, Texas 78210
Phone - (210)-532-5295
Hours of the pantry - 8:30 - noon and 1:00 - 4:00 weekdays

SA Christian Hope Resource Center
Get food or clothing from the program.
Address of the location: 321 N. General McMullen
San Antonio, TX 78237
Call the center at (210)732-3776
9:00 - 1:00 Tuesday through Saturday

Wesley Health & Wellness Center
Low income Assistance Programs
Address of center - 1406 Fitch, San Antonio, Texas 78211, Bexar County
Hours - 8:00 - 5:00 weekdays
Dial - (210)924-5191
Assistance programs include Senior Brown Bag, free meals for students, and support for the homeless and very low income.

San Antonio AIDS Foundation Main Office
Help for HIV patients.
818 E. Grayson
San Antonio, Texas 78208
Call - (210)225-4715 for information on the Bexar County center.
8:00 - 4:30 weekdays

San Antonio Food Bank Main Office
They run the H.O.P.E. Program (Healthy Options for Elderly Program), and distribute food to local churches, food banks and pantries.
5200 Old Hwy. 90 West, San Antonio, Texas 78227
Hours of the food bank - 8:00 - 5:00 Monday through Friday
This non-profit has information on many sites in Bexar County. Learn where to get fruits, breads, meals, and more. There may be canned meat, free infant formula, rice, paper products, toilet paper and many other supplies.

Shalom Outreach Ministries
Open to all in residents need and those who are faced with homelessness or evictions.
3031 Guadalupe St.
San Antonio, TX 78207
Dial - (210)438-1257
Hours of the site: 9:00 - 5:00 Monday through Saturday

The Salvation Army Social Service Center
Program Details: Various assistance programs for food, bills, rent, and housing. A thrift store and clothing closet are also available on site. Find more details on resources offered by the Bexar County Texas Salvation Army centers. There are multiple locations, and find Salvation Army food assistance in Bexar County.





Additional free food programs in Bexar County

More San Antonio and Bexar County food pantries as well as soup kitchens near you can be located by dialing 800-246-9121. Dozens of pantries, non-profits, churches, and other organizations provide free food, canned goods, or meals to the needy. There are also special holiday programs or summer snacks for students during the summer. Or get information on how to apply for public or government assistance such as food stamps or surplus commodities.

By Jon McNamara

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