Free food banks and pantries in Charlotte.

A number of food banks and pantries in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County distribute food to individuals and families who are in emergency situations or facing a hardship. Distribution centers in Charlotte can include churches, non-profit organizations, community action agencies, and many other local charities and not-for profits.

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.

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 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, personal hygiene items and Thanksgiving and Christmas meals and food baskets.

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
P. O. Box 205, Paw Creek, North Carolina 28130
(704) 392-9807
Call for food, groceries, clothing and referrals.

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.

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.





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 at New Emmanuel Congregational
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.

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.




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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

There are many other locations to turn to for free food or meals in the Mecklenburg County area. Options range from non-profit pantries to soup kitchens and government resources, such as the Emergency Food Assistance Program, 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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