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Charlotte County food pantries.

Food pantries as well as human service agencies in Charlotte County provide support to struggling families. There are resources available to prevent hunger for children, senior citizens, and low income residents. What a client can expect to find at a pantry ranges from bread to baby food, perishable goods, and even holiday meals.

Some of the pantries are below. If there is not a location near where a family lives in Charlotte County, then most sites offer referrals. In addition, the homebound, whether someone is ill, elderly, or disabled, can inquire into a low cost or even free Meals on Wheels service.

The food pantries will also try to offer seasonal support. This means that during the fall or winter that Thanksgiving or Christmas meals may be served. Or students can receive a snack or meal during the summer months when they do not have free school lunches. Call a food bank, or stop by, to apply or learn more.

Charlotte County Homeless Coalition
1476 Kenesaw St,
Dial (941) 627-4313
A hot meal can be served as well as placement into an emergency shelter in Charlotte County.

Charlotte County Human Services
The office is at 1050 Loveland Blvd
(941) 833-6500
Applications to food stamps or surplus USDA commodities are available. They also have information on programs for rent, bills, and social workers can refer a family to a local pantry.

God's Precious Gifts
Address - 418 E Virginia Ave.
Punta Gorda, Florida
Dial (941) 661-7332
They offer a Clients Choice Food Pantry on the third Saturday of the month.




Community Life Center
Address is 19048 Edgewater Dr
Call (941) 629-0999

Community Resource Center
1841 LaVilla Rd
Punta Gorda, Florida
(941) 625-0209

Discipleship Driven Ministries
Address is 4040 Tamiami Trail
Dial (941) 764-8458 for hours.
The Samaritan's food pantry has free perishables, baby food, diapers, bread & non-perishables. Home delivery may be for senior citizens.

Edgewater United Methodist
Food bank address is 19190 Cochran Blvd
Call (941) 625-3039
The center is open Friday's during the month.

Eglise Ebenezer de la Pentecote Church
Location is 1057 Collingswood Blvd
Call (754) 422-4652
Meals, including on the holiday, are provided along with emergency boxes of food.

Englewood Bible Church & Family Center
Main address is 501 Yale St, Englewood. Another site is below. Inquire into public aid as well.

Englewood East Church of Christ - Handfuls of Purpose
Location is 9600 Gulfstream Blvd
Call (941) 475-4973

Englewood Helping Hand
700 E Dearborn St.
(941) 474-5864
The food pantry is only for Englewood families only. The working poor can get groceries, personal hygiene items, paper products, fruits, and more.




First Baptist Church of Punta Gorda
Location is 459 Gill St
The site has the Horn of Plenty Food Pantry.

First Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church
Address: 411 E Charlotte Ave,
For an appointment, dial (941) 637-7743

Friendship United Methodist Church
12275 Paramount Dr,
Phone - (941) 637-1717

Heart of Mercy Ministry mobile pantry
Call for (941) 763-2244 location of food hand outs. It mostly operates from churches in Charlotte County Florida.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
2565 Tamiami Trail
(941) 625-5262

Life Port Church
390 Flamingo Blvd
(941) 255-5544

Meals on Wheels of Charlotte County
3082 Tamiami Trail,
(941) 625-4343
Senior citizens can receive a free meal as well as check in on their health. Frozen foods may be delivered to the homebound during the holidays.

New Day Christian Church
20212 Peachland Blvd.
Main phone - (941) 625-4947
Clothing is offered along with a box of food. Volunteers also provide haircuts and personal hygiene items.

Port Charlotte Church of Christ
Main address: 20484 Midway
Dial the food bank at (941) 629-7454
Free food, paper products, and more is available. Volunteers pack boxes and collect donations.

Praise Tabernacle Pentecostal Church
18350 Edgewater Dr
Telephone - (941) 766-9995





Punta Gorda Alliance Church
7500 Florida St,
(941) 637-6444
The soup kitchen has breads and baked goods. Other assistance will include referrals to food stamp intake sites or a meal for the homeless.

Rebecca Neal Owens Center / Congregate Meals
Address of the senior center - 27420 Voyageur Dr
(941) 255-0723
Clients over 60 can get a free hot meal. Transportation may be arranged.

Salvation Army
2120 Loveland Blvd
(941) 629-5950
Appointments are needed for any of the programs, ranging from Christmas meals or toys to clothing. They may also help with utility bills or offer applications to WIC.

San Antonio Catholic Church – part of St Vincent De Paul
Location is 24445 Rampart Blvd
(941) 235-1254

Seventh-Day Adventist Church Community Services
2036 Loveland Blvd
(941) 629-0398

Seventh Day Adventist Church
Address is 1717 Cooper St
Phone - (941) 575-2146

Share the Blessings Ministry
402 DuPont St
(941) 276-7278
Goods include toiletries, free food, paper products and also cleaning supplies.

St Charles Borromeo - St Vincent De Paul
21841 Felton Ave
Dial the church at (941) 625-9784
Various social services are arranged for the less fortunate.

St David's Episcopal Church
401 S Broadway
(941) 474-3140

St Francis of Assisi Parish
Address: 5265 Placida Rd
Grove City, Florida
(941) 697-4899
Items include fruits, formula, and seasonal clothing. The pantry is open limited hours.

St Maximilian Kolbe Church - St Vincent De Paul
17783 Toledo Blade Blvd,
Main phone - (941) 258-3398

St Vincent De Paul
25200 Airport Rd
(941) 575-0767
Volunteers offer meals and food. Or they can help families applying for financial assistance or government aid.

Trinity United Methodist Church
23084 Seneca Ave,
(941) 625-3372
A hot lunch is available along with a box of food in Charlotte County.

For more information or referrals to Charlotte County food banks, call 941.379.6333. Lower income families can receive everything from senior Brown Bags to applications to SNAP or applications to Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). The goal is to stop hunger.

By Jon McNamara

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