Blair County food pantries.

Food pantries in Blair County provide assistance to help prevent hunger. USDA as well as Feeding America affiliated charities, churches, and other agencies all try to provide free food or meals to residents of the county. Both temporary as well as long term support can be arranged.

Each year these various food banks support about 10% of the county, roughly 13,000 families. Many people from the community turn to them when they are in a crisis or if they need temporary support. Most of the Blair Country residents that use a food pantry have never asked for assistance before, but some form of emergency has caused them to struggle. Other clients range from children to the elderly signing up for Meals on Wheels or parents with children.

The goal is to never turn anyone away, and instead provide some or all of the following.

  • -Applications to food stamp - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), school lunches, and WIC - Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children.
  • -Groceries including rice, beans, Boxed or Canned Soups, vegetables, meat, infant formula, etc.
  • -Meals on Wheels for senior citizens that are homebound.
  • -Christmas or Thanksgiving meals, hygiene items, critical clothing, and much more.

Claysburg Area Food Bank
Location is 574 South Bedford Street
Claysburg, PA, 16625
Dial 814-239-2440
This pantry operates from donations from churches in Blair County and the USDA.

St. Vincent dePaul
Location is 1215 Seventh Avenue
Altoona, PA, 16602
The church provides free food, hot meals to the homeless, clothing, and items from a thrift store.





Blair Senior Services Food Vouchers
1320 Twelfth Avenue
Altoona, PA, 16601
Telephone - 814-946-1235
Programs include Meals on Wheels, vouchers to buy nutritional supplements, holiday food and visitation in a nursing home, and other food assistance.

Second Avenue United Methodist Church
Main address - 130 Second Avenue
Altoona, PA, 16602

Food Stamps / SNAP at Blair County Assistance Office
Location is 1100 Green Avenue
Altoona, PA, 16601-3440
Call 866-812-3341
SNAP applications are the main public benefit program. Very low income families in Blair County can be given an EBT card to shop for groceries.

Martinsburg Ministerium
133 East Allegheny Street
Martinsburg, PA, 16662
Donations at this food bank feed families. Cereal, fruits, Christmas toys, and holiday food boxes are all available as the result of donations.

St. Vincent dePaul Assumption Chapel
1523 Adams Avenue
Altoona, PA, 16602
A free food pantry and soup kitchen are on site.




Roaring Spring Ministerium
401 East Main Street
Roaring Spring, PA, 16673
One free bag of groceries will be given out. There will be food for lunch, breakfast, dinners, and dry goods. Special Thanksgiving and Christmas meals are served too.

Father's House - Pleasant Valley
1520 11th St
Altoona, Pennsylvania
Call (814) 381-7021

Archway Ministries Christians In Action
401 5th Ave.
Altoona. PA 16601
Phone – (814)762-6779
The church helps the poor. A food pantry has groceries, Christmas meals or Thanksgiving turkeys, and other resources.

Through, Inc. Keystone Kupboard Food Pantry
2879 Everett Road
East Freedom, Pennsylvania, 16637
Main phone - 814-317-5231
Only food boxes for short term needs are given out.

The Nehemiah Project - The Father's House
Address is 1520 Eleventh Street
Altoona, Pennsylvania 16601

Altoona Food Bank
Address is 2100 Sixth Avenue
Altoona, PA, 16602
Dial 814-942-5415 for information.

St. Vincent dePaul Food for Families
2201 Union Avenue
Altoona, Pennsylvania 16602
Main phone - 814-944-6302
The charity has a soup kitchen, thrift store, school supplies, and of course a food pantry.

Twenty-Eighth St Church-Brethren
Address: 2800 Union Ave
Altoona, PA 16602
Phone: (814) 946-0098





Salvation Army and the Altoona Service Center Food Bank
1813 Sixth Avenue
Altoona, Pennsylvania, 16602
Case managers assess a clients needs. Based on this, they may give items such as food, baby formula, diapers, or more. Additional social services include Thanksgiving and Christmas meals from adopt a family, shelter, and even financial aid.

Many other soup kitchens and food pantries are in Blair County. Call 717.564.1700 for information and locations, or to learn about programs such as WIC vouchers or food stamps among others.

By Jon McNamara

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