Elkhart County free food pantries.

Free food pantries and soup kitchens in Elkhart County provide both perishable and nonperishable items to the general public. Applicants will need to be facing hunger and/or undergoing a short term crisis in order to get free groceries, boxes of food, household supplies and more. They often only cover a designated service area and all resources are very limited.

The programs that are in place to fight hunger are wide ranging. Some of the food banks provide weekly supplemental goods for persons with disabilities or senior citizens. Others will ensure that a student from a low income household has some form of food over the summer months or a holiday, or that the homebound has a meal delivered to them. So the assistance will vary. There are also free holiday food boxes, Thanksgiving turkeys, and Christmas meals served.

Boxes of groceries passed out in Elkhart may contain fresh fruits, eggs, bread, margarine, baby formula, and more. There will also be special Christmas and Thanksgiving food baskets passed out too. Or vouchers or gift certificates are used for people with dietary needs.

Bristol United Methodist Church
(574) 333-8959
The items passed out from the food pantry and clothing closet include hygiene items, canned or fresh food such as fruits, cleaning supplies and more.

Christ's Commissary Food Pantry - First Brethren Church of Elkhart
Location is 24197 County Road 16 East
Elkhart, IN 46516
(574) 524-0931
Free food, hygiene, and toiletry items may be available, depending on donations.





Church Community Services (CCS)
Address: 907 Oakland Avenue
Elkhart, IN 46516
(574) 295-3673 ext. 116

Church Without Walls, Emerge Ministries
Address: 731 Wagner Avenue
Elkhart, Indiana 46516
For hours of food distribution dial (574) 293-0776
The charity only covers a small portion of Elkhart County.

Moose Lodge
1500 County Road 6

Elkhart, Indiana 46514
The client choice pantry can be turned to once per week. Items include boxes of groceries, clothing, and Christmas food baskets.

Open Gate Praise And Deliverance Ministries
Address: 137 Division Street
Elkhart, IN 46516
Main phone - (574) 522-8250

Saint John's Episcopal Church
Main address - 226 West Lexington Avenue
Elkhart, IN 46516
Main phone - (574) 295-1725





Salvation Army Elkhart
300 North Main Street
Elkhart, IN 46516
(574) 970-0088
While financial aid for bills or rent may be offered, it is limited. Much more likely is the ability to get an emergency bag of food from the non-profit. They also have a clothing closet for work or school clothes, some Christmas toys and gifts, and Thanksgiving meals. Case managers will also help Elkhart families apply for food stamps. Read more details on Salvation Army food programs in Elkhart.

Society Of Saint Vincent De Paul Pastoral Center
Main address is 1101 Main Street
Elkhart, Indiana 46516

Southside Baptist Church – Mustard Seed
29064 County Road 16
Elkhart, Indiana 46516
(574) 293-1833
Clients can access frozen meat, toiletries, fresh produce and cleaning supplies. An application process is in place, and seniors may also sign up for Meals on Wheels. The Senior Brown Bag program is also run.

Agape Missionary Church - Women Of Power Outreach Community Services
248 West Wolf Street
Elkhart, IN 46516

First United Methodist Church
100 West Line Street
Geneva, IN 46740
Dial (260) 368-7655 for intake.

Salvation Army Goshen
Address is 1013 North Main Street
Goshen, IN 46528
Phone - (574) 533-9584
Meals, emergency shelter, and other social services are available. They can also help families apply for SNAP food stamps or WIC vouchers as part of Indiana public assistance programs.

The Window
Address - 223 South Main Street
Goshen, IN 46526
(574) 533-9680
At this food bank, personal hygiene products are sometimes available along with paper goods.

First Mennonite Church - Middlebury Community Food Pantry
201 East Lawrence Street
Middlebury, IN 46540
Telephone number - (574) 825-5135





Family Christian Development Center
Main address is 151 South Locke Street
Nappanee, IN 46550
Phone: (574) 773-2149
Many resources are available from the pantry. There is nonperishable food, free bay food and formula and seasonal produce to persons in need. Low income families in Elkhart can use the center a couple times per year.

Shepherd's Cove Food Pantry
Address is 1010 E Mishawaka Road
Elkhart IN 46517
Phone: 574-293-5963
The days are open 2nd & 4th Wednesday at 10:15am. Then from 10:30-11:15am Bible study for those who would like to participate then 11:30am-1:30pm is free food distribution
Please have ID ready or proof of address ready
Serving Michiana and surrounding area

Open Door Of Nappanee
292 South Main Street
Nappanee, Indiana 46550
Main phone - (574) 773-3820

For more information on local food pantries, as well as locations or referrals, dial 574.295.3673. Or Elkhart residents can learn about everything from government or public aid to USDA commodities.


By Jon McNamara

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