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Free food pantries, groceries and soup kitchens Catawba County.

Find the dozens of free food banks and pantries that provide assistance, including free groceries or emergency baskets of food, to struggling families or individuals. The services offered in Catawba County are wide ranging, and include everything from Meals on Wheels to a free box of groceries, household cleaning supplies, and holiday meal baskets. Find a free food pantry near you below that can give out groceries today. There is also a referral number of other programs in Catawba County at the bottom of the page.

While low income families often turn to these food pantries, anyone can get help. Each of them is run by a charity, churches, or even the government. The assistance available also varies at each center. Some only give free food. Others also have many other products for qualified struggling households. Pantries may also offer (on occasion):

-Clothing for winter or year round.
-Free Christmas meals, toys for kids, Thanksgiving turkeys, and other holiday support.
-Households supplies, including cleaning products, hygiene items, cleaning goods, and more.
-Catawba County homebound and senior citizens may apply for Meals on Wheels home deliveries too.

Some examples of food banks in the Hickory and county are below. There is also a referral line more organizations, or even applications to food stamps, cash assistance, and free school meals for kids.

The Corner Table Soup Kitchen
Location is 122 North Main Street
Newton, NC 28658
Phone - 828-464-0355
This sites serves the hungry, poor, and homeless in eastern Catawba County as well as the town of Newton. Bag lunches, breakfast, dinners, and other meals are given, including at Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving.

Mt Pisgah Lutheran Church
Food pantry location: 9379 NC-127
Taylorsville, NC 28681
Phone for hours of the pantry - (828) 495-8251




First Presbyterian Church
701 N Main Ave
Newton, NC 28658
Telephone - (828) 464-0648

Catawba County Department of Social Services or DSS
507 Boundary Street
Conover, North Carolina 28613
Call 828-695-5610
They offer a few assistance programs. One is Meals on Wheels, which is offered 4 days per week for income qualified seniors. They also give ensure and boos to the elderly, as well as process applications to public aid such as SNAPs, USDA lunches, and more.

Catawba County Council on Aging

  • First Presbyterian Church, 701 N. Main Street, Newton, main number is 828-455-4133
  • Location is Huntington Hills Church of God, 2123 5th Street NE, Hickory, 828-320-5963
  • Address of the third site is Maiden Community Center, 207 E. Klutz Street, Maiden, NC. Main number is 828-320-5966
  • West Hickory Senior Citizens Center, 400 17th Street SW, Hickory. Main number is 828-323-8746
  • Center United Methodist Church, 4945 Sherrills Ford Road, Catawba, NC. Phone 828-320-0434

They focus on the elderly, their spouses, and disabled. Hot lunches, educational activities, applications to Medicare, and other assistance is given.

Women's Resource Center
Main address is 125 3rd Street Northeast
Hickory, NC 28601
Call 828-322-6333
Women, no matter their income, can get assistance. One program is an emergency food pantry and another is applications to SNAP. There are also household cleaning products and free hygiene supplies.





Salvation Army of Hickory
Location is 771 4th Avenue Place SE
Hickory, NC 28602
Many resources are given. They include free Christmas toys from Angel Tree, clothing vouchers, a thrift store, and an emergency food bank. There is also financial help for paying bills along with case management.

Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry
Food bank and clothing closet Address: 3003, 31 1st Ave SE
Hickory, North Carolina 28602
Main Phone: (828) 327-0979
The charity offers many social services, including Christmas toys and free school supplies, shelter, basic supplies, and a free food pantry.

Hickory Soup Kitchen
110 2nd Street Pl SE
Hickory, NC 28602
There is a free meal served Monday through Friday. It is hot and nutritious. The homeless in Catawba County also get access to showers, daily food, and a free hygiene service.

Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry, Inc.
Address is 245 E N St
Newton, North Carolina 28658
Main Phone: (828) 465-1702
A free food pantry is on site for the low income, struggling, and others. Groceries, baby formula, fresh fruit, and more is allowed.

Hickory Church of Christ
Location is 1218 Fairgrove Church Rd SE
Hickory, NC 28602
Main number is (828) 464-4983





More free food programs in Catawba County near you

Second Harvest Food Bank is the regional Feeding American non-profit in Catawba County. They have referrals to various food assistance programs, pantries, and other services. There are applications to SNAP food stamps, free school meals or lunches, home delivered meals and more. For more information on what they can or can’t do, or for hunger prevention information, call (828) 324-8032.


By Jon McNamara

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