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Free food pantries, groceries and meals Elkhart County.

Free food pantries and soup kitchens in Elkhart County provide both perishable as well as free nonperishable items (canned groceries) 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. Find where and how to get free food near you in Elkhart County Indiana below, including pantries that are open today.

The free, emergency food pantries near you, listed below, often only cover a designated service area and all resources are very limited. However many Elkhart County charities, charities, and pantries give out free food as well as hygiene supplies today and weekly. The programs that are in place to fight hunger are wide ranging. There is also a phone number at the bottom of the page for more hunger prevention assistance programs in Elkart County.

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 as part of Meals on Wheels. 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.

Agencies that give free food and groceries in Elkhart County

Bristol United Methodist Church
Location is 201 S Division St, Bristol, IN 46507. Dial (574) 848-4031
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. Call (574) 524-0931 or (574) 293-7088
Free food, hygiene, and toiletry items may be available, depending on donations.

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




Salvation Army Elkhart
300 North Main Street, Elkhart, IN 46516. Phone (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. Or get free household supplies or hygiene items, such as toilet paper, detergent, soap and more. Read more details on Salvation Army food programs in Elkhart.

  • There is also the 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.

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.

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

Moose Lodge
1500 County Road 6,
Elkhart, Indiana 46514. Call (574) 264-1712
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





East Goshen Mennonite Church-Bread Of Life
The food pantry is at 2019 E Lincoln Ave, Goshen, IN 46528. Call (574) 533-7161
There are grocery items such as Canned Tuna / Fish, pet food, infant formula, Pasta, Rice, and more. Case workjers from the Bread of Life also help feed the homeless in Elkhart County IN, give holiday meals and other help.

Faith Mission of Elkhart
801 Benham Ave, Elkhart, IN 46516. Call (574) 293-3406

The Center Family Christian Development Center
107 E Marion St, Nappanee, IN 46550. Telephone: (574) 773-2149
Get free food, groceries, perishable items and other goods. There are paper products, personal toiletries, clothes, and other goods. Assistance is offered regardless of religion or faith, and there are also free Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets. Free Meals on Wheels is offered too.

LifePoint Church
A pantry is at 1006 S 16th St, Goshen, IN 46526. Phone: (574) 533-1191
Low-income, unemployed and single moms (among others) can get frozen or canned meat or vegetables, peanut butter, bread, beans, sandwiches and more.

Society Of Saint Vincent De Paul Pastoral Center
Main address is 428 Melcher Ave, Elkhart, IN 46516. Call (574) 522-5157
A free food pantry, thrift store, and soup kitchen are on site. Get free food, holiday baskets, baby formula and other goods. There is also soap, hand sanitizer, items such as pasta or bread, meats, and turkey dinners too.

Many resources are available from the emergency pantry. There is nonperishable food today, 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.

Southside Baptist Church – Mustard Seed
29064 County Road 16, Elkhart, Indiana 46516. Call (574) 361-6319 or (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.

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





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

Additional free food programs in Elkart County near you

For more information on local food pantries near you, as well as locations or referrals to other programs, dial 574.295.3673. Or Elkhart residents can learn about everything from government SNAP food stamps, Feeding America in northern Indiana, WIC vouchers, or public aid to USDA commodities.


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