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Clarke County Georgia free food pantries.

Find food pantries and soup kitchens that help feed families that are facing an emergency. Charities as well as churches across Clarke County Georgia offer everything from free bags of groceries to holiday meals and other food assistance programs. The free pantries near you, listed below (as well as a phone number for referrals at the bottom of the page) help people of all ages and backgrounds, including families with children, seniors, and disabled.

Not only can a pantry offer free food and non-perishable goods to qualified applicants, but they may also distribute financial aid as well or administer other services. Some of the locations in the Athens area may offer free meals to the homeless or provide Christmas food baskets and goods. Or applicants can include into shelter, money for bills or SNAP food stamp applications. Clark County agencies also help seniors by giving Meals to Wheels or help feed kids in school. So the resources for tacking hunger are wide ranging.

Action Ministries - Athens
Address is 465 N. Lumpkin St.
Athens, Georgia 30601
(706) 353-6647
Both a free food pantry and soup kitchen are on site at this charity. They also help clients find jobs or apply for financial support, including WIC vouchers.

AIDS Athens
Location is 112 Park Ave.
Athens, GA 30601
(706) 549-3730
Food, clothing, medical care, and other support is for HIV and AID patients in Clarke County.

Ark - United Ministry Outreach Center
640-A Barber St.
Athens, GA 30601
Main phone number is (706) 548-8155




Athens Area Emergency Food Bank
Address: 640 Barber St.
Athens, Georgia 30601
(706) 353-8182
Emergency food boxes, meals, clothing, and fresh foods are passed out to the low income.

Holy Cross Lutheran Church
Location is 800 West Lake Dr
Athens, GA 30606
(706) 548-3329
The charity has a monthly free food pantry. Canned groceries, meat, dairy, infant formula, and other free food may be offered.

Cornerstone Church - Athens
4680 Lexington Rd.
Athens, GA 30605
For hours of the food bank dial (706) 549-0000

West Ebenezer Baptist Church
Address is 205 N. Chase St.
Athens, Georgia 30606
(706) 613-9278
Both a clothing closet and food pantry are on site. They also operate a Meals on Wheels service for seniors and the disabled.

Beech Haven Baptist Church
Location is 2390 W. Broad St.
Athens, GA 30606
(706) 548-7084





First AME Church
521 N. Hull St.
Athens, GA 30601
Phone - (706) 548-1454
A food pantry is on site for struggling families, the unemployed, and working poor.

New Covenant Worship Center
1425 Newton Bridge Rd.
Athens, GA 30607
(706) 613-5000

Oconee Heights Baptist Church
Address is 4180 Jefferson Rd.
Athens, GA 30607
Main phone number is (706) 548-4600

Open Hearts Center, Inc.
150 Old Winterville Rd.
Athens, GA 30601
(706) 354-8566
Programs include a food pantry with groceries, formula, and Christmas meals. There are also winter clothes, shoes, and school supplies from the non-profit's clothing closet.

Salvation Army Food Bank
The main center is at 484 Hawthorne Ave.
Athens, Georgia 30606
(706) 543-5350
Many services are run. In addition to a pantry and soup kitchen there is the Angel Tree holiday program. Or clients can apply for food stamps, drop in at the shelter, or seek financial aid. The faith based charity helps people of all religions.

The Light
Address is 174 Henderson Extension
Athens Georgia
Main phone - (706) 208-8066
The charity is part of the regional food bank network.

Sparrow's Nest
Main address - 745 Prince Ave.
Athens, GA 30606
Dial (706) 549-6693 for the application process.
A focus is on children. There are summer meals and snacks among other services run.







Ebenezer Baptist Church, West
205 N. Chase St.
Athens, GA 30606
(706) 613-9278

St. Joseph's Charities
Location is 134 Prince Ave.
Athens, Georgia 30601
Dial (706) 549-4208
Emergency boxes of food, rice, fruits, and more are passed out by volunteers.

Find other free meals and food in Clarke County Georgia

For more information on resources for preventing hunger, dial 706.354.8191. Staff can direct the working poor and even moderate income families USDA commodities or the Emergency Food Assistance Program -TEFAP Or there are other free food banks, pantries, and soup kitchens in Athens Georgia that may be near you  Many other resources are also available in Clarke County and northeaster Georgia.


By Jon McNamara













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