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Carter and Garvin County food pantries.

Whether it is a free box of groceries, Meals on Wheels, or applications to SNAP food stamps, the charities in Carter and Garvin County that operate food pantries may be able to help. Some offer their own direct assistance, such as groceries. Others will refer the applicant to another nearby resources that can provide help with any food that may be needed.

The non-profits combine the resources available at their pantry with government benefits, such as applications to Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) as well as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Or referrals are given to other social services in the area, especially for basic needs. As the food banks are a source of information on clothing, diapers, and even emergency financial aid using cash assistance programs.

The bottom line is that many different assistance programs are available in the region of Carter County as well as Garvin for helping with nutritional needs. If a meal or box of groceries is needed, the food pantries and soup kitchens below can assist.

Calvary Baptist Church Of Lindsay
Location is 410 W Chickasaw St
Lindsay, OK 73052
Dial (405) 756-2781
The church provides individuals and families access to an emergency food pantry. It can only be used at most once per month, as supplies allow.

Southern Oklahoma Nutrition Program -The Lindsay location
Location is 310 W Choctaw St
Lindsay, Oklahoma 73052
Dial (405) 756-4780
The non-profit helps seniors, the elderly, and disabled in Garvin County. They are part of the Agency on Aging. Programs range from non-perishable food packets as well as Meals on Wheels, and these can supplement the diets of older adults. The goal is to improve overall nutrition of the individual.





United Methodist Church Of Lindsay
Address is 114 W Chickasaw St
Lindsay, OK 73052
(405) 428-2459
An emergency food pantry is open. There may also be meals for the homeless, Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday food, and even baby formula for working poor parents.

Delta Community Action Foundation - Pauls Valley
Location is 225 W McClure Ave
Pauls Valley, Oklahoma 73075
Main phone: (405) 238-3838
The food bank can only be used quarterly. There is also a clothing closet and low cost thrift store on site.

Ada Office Of Southern Oklahoma Nutrition Program
918 S Chickasaw St
Pauls Valley, Oklahoma 73075
Phone: (405) 238-1500
People over 65 can get assistance. Whether it is food such as Ensure for seniors or information on Medical Care for seniors, support is available. There are two other locations as well.

  • Another office in Garvin County is at 918 S Chickasaw St., Pauls Valley, Oklahoma 73075. Dial (405) 238-5892.
  • Or try the non-profit in Stratford. Address is 401 W Main St., Stratford, OK 74872. Phone - (580) 759-3613.




Big Five Community Action - Ardmore
Address is 201 A St SW
Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402
Dial (580) 223-4613
This charity support Carter County. Services range from a free food pantry to job placement and applications to SNAP food stamps.

Ardmore center of Southern Oklahoma Nutrition Program
220 13th Ave SE
Ardmore, OK 73401
Main phone - (580) 223-0450
Food and meals are for senior citizens that meet low income requirements. There may also be help for people on SSI disability or a fixed income. The Wilson site in Carter County is based at 1165 7th St., Wilson, OK 73463. This office can be reached at (580) 668-3128 for intake.

Salvation Army - Office in Ardmore
Main address is 123 A St SW
Ardmore, Oklahoma 73401
(580) 223-6251
The charity provides, among other things, a free box of canned goods, hot meals and dry foods. There are also Christmas toys and meals from Adopt a Family, items at a thrift store such as furniture or diapers for sale, and more.

For more information, dial 405-972-1111. Many other low income programs that focus on offering free food and benefits are available.



By Jon McNamara














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