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Free food banks, soup kitchens or pantries in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.

Find where to get free groceries or meals in the Charlotte NC area. in A number of food banks, soup kitchens and free emergency food pantries are open daily, including today. The Charlotte as well as the Mecklenburg County centers near you distribute groceries to individuals or families who are in some form of emergency situation. Get help, including free boxes of food, from charities, charities and government programs.

There are also meals, free bags of food, personal toiletries and household goods for low to moderate income families from food pantries near you. Distribution centers in Charlotte can include everything from churches to community action agencies or charities for the poor, single moms and unemployed. Find more information below as well as a toll free referral number at the bottom of the page.

The programs that operate in the greater Mecklenburg County North Carolina region acquire food products from numerous sources then provide them to local residents. There may also be fresh meals served, including at the major holidays of Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Or the elderly or disabled can get free Meals on Wheels home delivery.

The non-profit can get food and groceries from donations from individuals and businesses, canned drives, or from time to time even direct purchase. The food banks as well as pantries will even distribute the goods to people who are in emergency situations, such as a job loss or medical emergency, and usually an appointment is not needy. Many food banks in the Charlotte area can also offer clothing, diapers, baby formula, free personal hygiene items and Thanksgiving and Christmas meals as well as food baskets.

Places for free groceries in Charlotte NC as well as the county

Mount Olive Presbyterian Church Food Pantry
Address - 5125 Mt. Olive Church Rd.
Charlotte, North Carolina 28208
Telephone number - (704) 394-8814

Mallard Creek United House of Prayer Food Pantry
1739 Grace Lane.
Charlotte, NC 28262
Dial the center at (704) 547-1007




Loaves & Fishes @ Statesville Ave. Presbyterian [Mecklenburg County]
Statesville Ave. Presbyterian
Address - 3435 Nevin Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 523-4333
Free hot meals are served along with emergency boxes of groceries. Household products, baby formula from a ministry, and Meals on Wheels are also provided by the faith based charity.

Thrift United Methodist Church Food Pantry
8245 Moores Chapel Road
Charlotte, NC 28214
(704) 392-9807
Call for food, groceries, clothing and referrals. There are also household items for sale at the thrift store, including pots or pans, kitchen appliances, cookers, microwaves, and other food items.

Saint Paul Baptist Church has an on site Food Pantry
Address - 1401 N. Allen St.
Charlotte, North Carolina 28205
The food bank can be called at (704) 334-5309

Northeast Seventh-Day Adventist Church Food Pantry
Church address - 827 Tom Hunter Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28215
Main number - (704) 921-6342
Some assistance offered includes food vouchers, meals, and groceries. Also ask about baby formula and diapers, meals, shelter, and other products.

The Relatives Youth Center
1100 East Blvd
Charlotte, North Carolina 28203
Main number is (704) 377-0602
Children can get snacks during the Summer, apply for Feeding American backpack weekend food, after school care and more. Immigrants, Latinos, and children from single mother households can all get help





CAM - Crisis Assistance Ministry of Charlotte - Mecklenburg County
A leading social service agency. They offer assistance such as appliances, food, and money management classes, which can help shoppers use coupons to save on groceries. Financial help, free Meals on Wheels for the elderly or homebound, fresh or canned food and other items are offered. Find help from Crisis Assistance Ministry of Charlotte - Mecklenburg County.

New Hope Baptist Church
7841 Idlewild Rd
Charlotte, NC 28212
For the food bank of soup kitchen, dial 704-537-6340

The New Antioch Church
8324 idlewild Rd
Charlotte, NC 28227
Telephone - 704-712-1102

Urban Ministry Center
Address is 945 N College St
Charlotte, NC 28206
Call 704-347-0278
A main assistance program for the low income, minorities, Hispanics, and disadvantaged. Free personal hygiene supplies, food, financial aid and other support, including SNAP food stamps, are offered in Mecklenburg County.

Silver Mount Baptist Church
501 West Arrowood Rd
Charlotte, North Carolina 28217
Phone Number.: 704-522-1528
They help the poor, low income, homeless and others. Hot meals, sandwiches, water, feminine products, Boxed Pastas, Rice, and more may be offered from the food pantry.

Project 658, Inc.
Primary address 3646 Central Ave
Charlotte, North Carolina 28205

Christian Mission-Charlotte
2400 West Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28208
Telephone- 704-334-5736
A faith based charity. Free food, hot meals, wipes, diapers, baby formula, fruits, vegetables and more. They help people from all religions. There may also be snacks for kids during the summer, food programs for single or teen moms and more.

Charlotte Rescue Mission
2855 West Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28233
Telephone 704-332-3999
The homeless in Mecklenburg County can use the shelter or get a meal from the soup kitchen. They also offer drug and alcohol counseling.

Seventh Day Adventist Hispanic
Address 4620 E WT Harris Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28210
Telephone - 704-492-2083
Hispanics, Latinos, and immigrants can get help. Services are in Spanish too. Free food, groceries, financial help for bills, information on benefits including food stamps or WIC vouchers, and other assistance programs are offered.

Charlotte Berean Seventh Day Adventist Church Community Center
Address is 1801 Double Oaks Road
Charlotte, NC 28206-2301
Main phone (704) 377-6313
The pantry may have canned tuna or salmon, cereal, diary supplies, fruits, eggs, baby formula, and even supplements such as Ensure for senior citizens. Referrals are needed from social services.

Liberty Baptist Church Food Pantry
3000 Sam Wilson Rd
Charlotte, North Carolina 28214
(704) 399-0142
Can offer emergency food boxes and vouchers. Can refer individuals to shelter, government programs like food stamps, and other Mecklenburg charities and non-profits.

If My People Mission Center
2511 Lucena St
Charlotte, NC 28206
Phone - 704-756-5176







Oak Grove UMC
Address is 6440 Old Statesville Rd
Charlotte, NC 28269
For information, dial 704-596-4084
the free food bank may have, based on donations, Boxed stuffing, fresh produce to families, paper products like toilet paper or napkins, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Bread, Nuts, and more.

Reeder Memorial Baptist Church
Address is 3725 Beatties Ford Road
Charlotte, NC 28216
For hours of the pantry, dial 704-398-2914

Churches pantries, soup kitchens, and social services
Faith based charities help the low income, unemployed, and needy. Some have food pantries or soup kitchens and they assist people of all ages, religions, and races - even immigrants. Free food, paper goods, hygiene or household supplies and other goods. More on free food from Mecklenburg County churches.

Free Pet Food at Spay Neuter Charlotte
Location is 2017 N. Davidson Street
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 970-2711
Free dog or cat food, treats, kibble, and other supplies are offered to the needy.

Haven's Closet - Blue Haven
Address is 1909 J N Pease Place
Charlotte, NC 28262
Call 704-960-2250
Low income families and working poor may get diapers, apply for financial literacy classes, diapers, clothes (including maternity) and more.

HIV/ AIDS Food Pantry-Metropolitan Community Church of Charlotte
Address of food bank - 1825 Eastway Dr.
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 563-5810

Harvest Center
Address is 1800 Brewton Dr.
Charlotte, NC 28206
Dial - (704) 333-4280
A regional pantry. Volunteers may pass out a box of groceries in Mecklenburg County that can feed a family for a few days. Or learn about Surplus USDA commodities or free summer snacks for children.

Loaves & Fishes of Mecklenburg County
A number of churches are part of the regional charity. They help the poor, Spanish speakers, immigrants, unemployed and needs. Free  emergency food may be provided to last up to one week. Food and meals are USDA approved. Some churches help the vulnerable shop and hold cooking classes too. Dial 704-523-4333

  • 2800 Campus Ridge Road, Charlotte, North Carolina 28105.
  • 9229 N Lawyers Rd, Charlotte, NC 28227
  • 315 Hebron St, Charlotte, NC 28273. For the social services, call the church.
  • 5301 Wilkinson Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28208.
  • 500 Ingle Street, Charlotte, North Carolina 28216.
  • 1206 Elizabth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28206. For free food, household goods, clothes and more, drop in.
  • 3205 Freedom Dr., Charlotte, North Carolina 28208.
  • 217 W Todd Ln, Charlotte, NC 28208.
  • 648 B Griffith Road, Charlotte, NC 28217.
  • New Emmanuel Congregational, 3546 Beatties Ford Rd., Charlotte, North Carolina 28216

Jewish Family Services
Location - 5007 Providence Rd., Suite 105
Shalom Park
Charlotte, North Carolina 28226
Phone number is (704) 364-6594
People of all religions and backgrounds can stop by for help.

Urban Restoration
2128 Remount Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28208
Phone number: (704) 391-0022

Catholic Social Services
Address of the social service office is 1123 S. Church St.
Charlotte, North Carolina 28203
Dial (704) 370-3262 for food or other financial or government assistance. Runs many social services too. Learn about federal government aid such as LIHEAP and homeless prevention. Read more on Catholic Charities Mecklenburg County.

G.O.R.E. Community Development Corporation, Inc.
2118 Breezewood Dr.
Charlotte, NC 28262
(704) 549-1953

Matthews Help Center
119 N. Ames St.
Matthews, NC 28105
(704) 847-8383
A number of low income assistance and government programs are available. The charity offers assistance in Spanish as well.





Community Service Center - Berean Seventh Day Adventist Church
Location of center is 1332 Oaklawn Ave.
Charlotte, North Carolina 28206
(704) 377-4741
Volunteers feed the hungry and low income using donations.

Salvation Army food banks and pantries
There are multiple sites. Various social services are available, ranging from free food from a pantry to case management, shelter, and referrals to government benefits. The homebound can also get a meal, and free Thanksgiving turkeys as well as Christmas meals or gifts may be passed out. 11328 E Independence Blvd in Matthews (call (704) 814-7031) or another emergency food pantry is at 534 Spratt St, Charlotte, NC, dial (704) 348-2560. Find more details on Salvation Army assistance programs in Mecklenburg County.

Jackson Park Ministries
Main office address: 5415 Airport Dr.
Charlotte, North Carolina 28208
Dial - (704) 392-4981
The non-profit is a Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry. In order to pick up a week’s supply of groceries, applicants will need to have a referral phoned in for you to Loaves and Fishes by a professional who knows your situation.

Loaves and Fishes food program at First Presbyterian
200 W. Trade St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
Telephone number - (704) 523-4333

St. Giles Presbyterian Loaves & Fish food pantry
Food pantry address - Saint Giles Presbyterian
2027 Emerywood Dr.
Charlotte, North Carolina 28210
Can offer meals, groceries, perishable items, and other aid to the low income and working poor.

Berean Seventh Day Adventist Church Schools & Community Center
1332 Oaklawn Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 377-6313

The Hearts & Hands Food Pantry serves the Charlotte Metro region. There is assistance for the communities including Huntersville, Concord, Cornelius, Davidson and Mooresville. The free food pantry is located at the following address of 202 South Old Statesville Road in Huntersville, NC.

The hours are limtied. Hearts and Hands is open on Thursdays from 3 pm – 6 pm and Fridays from 4 pm – 7 pm. In addition, there are also hours by appointment, and those can be made by calling 704.885.5828, by email at or through our website at

Pineville Church of Nazarene
8614 Pineville-Matthews Rd
Pineville, North Carolina 28226
Dial 704/542-3618
A free food pantry with groceries, toiletries and more is on site at the charity.

Metropolitan Community Church of Charlotte
1825 Eastway Dr.
Charlotte, NC 28205
Dial (704) 563-5810 for hours.
Can provide Thanksgiving and Christmas meals and gifts, and other emergency food vouchers. Meals and school lunches may be offered. Also get information on clothing closets and thrift stores in Mecklenburg County NC.

Loaves & Fishes at Calvary United Methodist Church
512 West Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 523-4333







Park Road Baptist Church runs the Loaves & Fishes Program
Location is Holy Comforter Episcopal
Address - 3900 Park Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28209
This program offers hot and cold meals to the unemployed, working poor, and low income. May have information on clothing programs and federal and state of North Carolina aid too, such as SNAP food stamps and LIHEAP energy bill assistance.

Loaves & Fishes @ St. Andrews Episcopal
Saint Andrews Episcopal
3601 Central Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28205
Main number - (704) 523-4333
Breakfast or lunch may be served to families living in poverty.

Loaves and Fishes is offered by Huntersville United Methodist
Address of church is 14005 Stumptown Rd.
Huntersville, North Carolina 28078
Dial (704) 523-4333 to learn more or to apply for food assistance.

Ada Jenkins Center offers Loaves & Fishes
Stop by 212 Gamble St. for food, referrals, and other support.
Davidson, North Carolina 28036
(704) 523-4333
Other financial aid may be offered too, or referrals to SNAP food stamps.

Loaves and Fishes program at Plaza United Methodist
Location of the food pantry - Plaza United Methodist, 5600 The Plaza
Charlotte, NC 28215
(704) 523-4333

Loving Help Budgeting Program - Love INC
2633 Eastway Dr.
Charlotte, NC 28205
Dial (704) 536-5588
They offer food delivery as part of Love ‘n Labor Ministry, baby layette, toiletries and more. The pantry may also have toilet paper, laundry detergent, Senior Brown Bag, USDA Summer meals and more.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina
Address - 500-B Spratt St.
Charlotte, North Carolina 28206
Telephone number is (704) 375-9639 and extension 29
Works with regional and national churches and food banks. A national non-profit organization.

Loaves & Fishes at Harvest Church
Address is 7429 Tuckaseegee Rd.
Charlotte, North Carolina 28214
Call - (704) 523-4333
Loaves and Fishes is run by many churches in Mecklenburg County North Carolina. They are all committed to offering food and assistance to individuals in need.

Additional free food assistance in Charlotte area

There are many other locations to turn to for free groceries or meals in the Mecklenburg County area. Options range from free non-profit food pantries near you to soup kitchens and government resources, such as the Emergency Food Assistance Program. Or learn about Second Harvest food assistance programs as well as summer meals for students, SNAP food stamps and Meals on Wheels. Call 704.376.1785 for information and referrals.


By Jon McNamara

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