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Ellis County food banks and free pantries.

The Ellis County food pantries tend to focus on families that live near the distribution point. If there is a family that lives some distance away, then they may still be provided referrals. Or if the applicant is home bound, options include Meals on Wheels or other support from a food pantry.

Proof of residency, income, and other information will be needed from an applicant. If found to be qualified, then free food may be provided to the person, and the contents of a box may last a few days. The pantries in the county will try to offer a combination of perishable food (such as milk, fruits, or breads) as well as canned goods, even baby formula if applicable.

It is recommended to apply early. Most of the groceries or other assistance is provided on a first come and served basis to households in or on the brink of poverty. Also, the hours of each food bank in Ellis County are limited, and some of the programs, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas meals or clothing for work or school, are often in high demand.

Emergency Food Assistance
Main address is 404 S. State HWY 342
Red Oak, Texas 75154
Phone - 972-617-7261
This pantry is a last resort for residents in the zip codes of 75154 or 75125 only. Groceries, a hot meal, and other aid is offered.

Non-profit pantry
Location – 75065 210 W. AVE F
Midlothian, Texas 76065
For intake, call 972-238-8888
The pantry is open Monday to Friday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Calvary Baptist Food Pantry
1591 S. 9th Street
Midlothian, TX 76065
The free food bank is open Tuesday and Thursday. Ellis County residents can apply for help, including clothing, a box of groceries, or applications to SNAP food stamps, among other social services.




CISD J.A. Vitovsky ES
Main address is 333 Church Street
Midlothian, Texas 76065

Manna House
210 W Avenue F
Midlothian, TX 76065
Referrals to shelter and financial aid are combined with free food from a pantry. Meals, including for senior citizens, may also be delivered by volunteers.

Midlothian Senior Citizens
4 Community Circle
Midlothian, Texas 76065
For details, call 972-775-6401

North Ellis County Outreach
404 South Highway 342
Red Oak, TX 75154

Ennis Golden Circle
Address of food bank is 1700 Floyd St.
Ennis, Texas 75119
Congregate meal, home delivery, and recreational activities are also available.

CISD Walnut Grove Middle School
990 N. Walnut Grove
Midlothian, TX 76065
Low income families that live in the school district are the only clients. Children can be given a backpack with food for the weekend, and there are referrals to school supplies too.




Helping Hands Of Ennis
604 N.E Main
Ennis, TX 75119
Call 972-875-0218 for information.
The emergency food pantry is open Monday to Friday morning.

Italy Ministerial Alliance
405 West Mosley
Italy, Texas 76651
Main phone - 972-483-7474

For more information on programs in Ellis County Texas, dial 214.330.1396. Whether a family needs a meal from a soup kitchen or box of food from a pantry, assistance is available. Case managers will offer other support too, ranging from WIC vouchers to job placement services or applications to food stamps.


By Jon McNamara













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