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Free food pantries and groceries in Durham County North Carolina.

Anyone who needs free food or groceries in Durham County North Carolina has a number of options. Find a list of churches, charities, food banks, soup kitchens and pantries near you to turn to for help. They offer services today and most days of the week to anyone in need, with a focus on families with children, the low income, unemployed, and senior citizens.

Many of the local food pantries in Durham also partner with various non-profit organizations across the state of North Carolina and the nation in order to offer the most comprehensive services possible. Individuals who need help may also be referred to these other non-profits too. There are also Meals on Wheels services for the disabled or elderly in Durham as well as free personal hygiene supplies, such as detergent or soap, at many pantries. There is a toll free referral number at the bottom of the page.

Not only can people receive food, meals, and perishable items, but many Durham North Carolina County pantries also distribute clothing, holiday meals and gifts. There may also be free baby formula, hygiene items and household products to the low income and needy. Or those families facing poverty can get help in applying for public benefits such as SNAP food stamps.

All solutions will be explored, as the primary goal is to help people make it through a difficult period in their lives by providing free food and other aid. Many families have lost their jobs or are faced with some form of economic hardship, and a pantry can’t often be a last resort.

205 Broadway, Durham, North Carolina 27704. Call (919) 683-5300 for emergency food assistance.
Another site is at Healing with CARE at 214 Broadway Street, Durham, NC 27701. Call this free food pantry at 919-683-5300

Nehemiah Christian Center
514 North Mangum Street, Durham, NC 27701. Phone number is 919-688-4203
The charity offers self-sufficiency programs, hot meals, and applications to government aid, including job training programs, SNAP food stamps, USDA benefits and more.




Catholic Charities – Durham Community
The food pantry is at 2020 Chapel Hill Road, Durham, NC 27707. Phone - 919-286-1964
Struggling households can get help. The food pantry also serves immigrants and Spanish Speakers in Durham County. Get produce or vegetables. There is bread, dairy, and canned and dry goods. Or get frozen meat, spam, and household cleaning supplies, including detergent or wipes.

Salvation Army - Durham County
810 N Alston Ave, Durham, NC 27701. Main phone number - (919) 688-7306
909 Liberty Street, Durham, NC 27701. Call 919-688-7306
A thrift store, food bank, and household products are all offered. Also offers information on social services. Low income families in Durham can apply for holiday meals and gifts, including Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Or get long term support such as help applying for WIC baby formula or SNAP food stamps. The low income, homeless and unemployed can also use a soup kitchen. More on Durham County free food from Salvation Army.

Monument of Faith Church
The free food bank is at 900 Simmons Street, Durham, North Carolina 27701. Call 919-688-7838

Russell Memorial CME Church
Location is 703 South Alston Avenue, Durham, NC 27701. For hours call 919-682-2523
The pantry is open to people of all faiths. Items like pasta, cereal, canned meat, feminine goods, tuna and other groceries are offered.

Southside Church of Christ
800 Elmira Avenue, Durham, North Carolina 27707. Dial 919-688-3535

Urban Learning Gardens
110 East Geer Street
Durham, NC 27701
They teach people (kids and adults) how to grow their own food, including for sale at farmers markets. Get seeds, classes on growing or shopping, and other support.

Two Fish Five Loaves - Mount Level Missionary
Main address is 316 Hebron Road, Durham, NC 27704. Dial (919) 682-7611 or 919-682-6466 or (919) 477- 3893
Programs include a free food pantry, clothing bank, and soup kitchen.

Nehemiah Christian Center
Location is 514 N. Mangum St, Durham, NC 27701. Call 919-688-4203





Durham Rescue Mission
Address is 1201 E Main St, Durham, NC 27703-1858. Call 919-688-9641 ext 5080 or 919-688-3117
A major focus is on the homeless. There is a soup kitchen, free boxed lunches as well as a homeless shelter. Or learn about self-sufficiency, job programs, and other support (in addition to food programs).

St. James of Durham
A food bank is at 314 North Hyde Park Avenue, Durham, NC 27703. Dial 919-286-3680

Fisher Memorial
420 E Piedmont Ave, Durham, NC 27707. Call 919-682-7416 or 919-596-2989
There is a free, emergency food pantry with dry and canned goods. Or get produce, dairy, or baby formula. Some low income families or single moms (or dads) may be offered paper products, items like hand sanitizers, and personal toiletries.

Feed My Sheep of Durham Food
A soup kitchen address is 107 N Driver St, Durham, NC 27701. Call 919-683-8659
Low income families, the unemployed and struggling in Durham County NC can get free hot meals or other support. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner (or food boxes) may be offered.

First Calvary Baptist Church
A two day per week food bank is at 1311 Morehead Ave, Durham, NC 27707. Dial 919-489-4184 or 919-688-7430

Divine Grace Fellowship
Location is 1500-A E Club Blvd Bldg 100, Durham, NC 27703. Call 919-638-2227 for hours.

White Rock Baptist Church
Fayetteville St, Durham, NC 27707. Call 919-225-0374
Regardless of religion, church tries to feed the low income, unemployed, and struggling in Durham. Free canned groceries, toiletries, laundry detergent, diapers and other stuff is offered. There is also free holiday food boxes, including at Christmas.

Durham Center For Senior Life
1308 Fayetteville Street, Durham, NC 27707. Phone - 919-688-8247
Seniors and the disabled can get free Congregate Meals. There are lunches across Durham County. Volunteers also operate Meals on Wheels for the homebound.

Emanuel Presbyterian Church Food Pantry
Main address 2504 North Roxboro Street, Durham, North Carolina 27704. Call 919-451-6626
Get everything from USDA Commodities to Meals on Wheels for the homebound. They also have financial help, clothes, Senior Brown Bag, the student backpack snack program and other social services.

Mount Zion Christian Church
3519 Fayetteville Street
Durham, NC 27713





Christian Assembly Emergency Food Pantry
5516 North Roxboro Road
Durham, NC 27712
Both emergency food and holiday meals are offered, including at Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas. Find Crackers, Cooking Oil, Juice, Beans, Pasta, PB&J and more.

Parktown Food Hub and South Durham Connections
Main address 5123 Revere Road
Durham, NC 27713

Jewish Family Services - Durham and Chapel Hill Social Services
Main address is 1937 West Cornwallis Road
Durham, North Carolina 27705
Call 919-354-4936 for details
Assistance includes financial aid, medical, food, and meals. Most of the resources are for the elderly and vulnerable. Find Jewish Family Service programs near you.

Immanuel Temple SDA Church
Church address - 2104 S. Alston Ave.
Durham, NC 27701
Call the church at (919) 682-5210

Calvary Baptist Church
Location - 1204 Lynn Rd.
Durham, North Carolina 27703
(919) 596-2592
Clothing, blankets for the homeless, and hot meals may be served. Low income families in Durham County in a crisis may receive a free box of groceries with milk, perishable items, and other goods.

Second Mile Ministries - Provides free food, meals, perishable items, clothing, and other aid to the less fortunate in Durham NC.
2601 Hillsborough Rd.
Durham, North Carolina 27705
(919) 286-3596

Mission Society Food Pantry & Clothing Closet- Urban Ministries
Location of food pantry - 410 Liberty St.
Durham, North Carolina 27701
Telephone number is (919) 682-0538 x26
Gently used or new clothing, free food, and other forms of financial and non-financial assistance is provided to the low income. They also can refer people to government food assistance, such as SNAP food stamps and other aid.

Calvary Baptist Church
1204 Lynn Rd.
Durham, North Carolina 27703
(919) 596-2592
(267) 536-9880
Can provide information and referrals.

Oak Grove Outreach runs the Community Outreach and Mission Effort program
Stop by the center at 1008A Simmons St.
Durham, North Carolina 27701
Call (919) 680-2927 for hours or to make an appointment.

Ministerio Guerreros De Jesucristo International
1800 North Roxboro Street
Durham, NC 27701






Mt. Calvary United Church of Christ - Supportive Service Aid
1715 Athens St.
Durham, NC 27707
Phone number - (919) 596-4998
The elderly as well as families with children can get a free bag of groceries or other support.

Women, Infants, & Children's Nutrition Program, Durham
2634 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd. Suite 213
Mechanics and Farmers Corporate Office Building
Durham, North Carolina 27707
(919) 956-4042
The WIC program was created by the government to offer baby food, meals, groceries, and other nutritional support to the low income and people in poverty.

Find other free food and meals near you in Durham County

There are other free food programs near you in the Durham area. For referrals, call 919-956-2513 or 919-875-0707. Everything from home delivered meals for seniors and the disabled may be provided along with applications to WIC, SNAP food stamps and other benefits.

By Jon McNamara

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