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Florida free food banks, pantries and soup kitchens.

Low-income Florida families will get free or low cost food, groceries, meals, or perishable items from pantries and food banks that are located across the state. There are also Meals on Wheels services, government benefits, and charity distribution centers. Find free food banks and pantries near you in FL by county below.

The non-profit agencies listed below partners with dozens of other churches, non-profits, food banks, and charities to accept applications. They distribute the free food to struggling families and people with no money in FL. In addition, all of the organizations and agencies listed partner with a national organization known as Feeding America. This is the nations leading food assistance, hunger prevention non-profit organization.

The centers, including free drive thru food banks, provide assistance to the elderly, unemployed, retirees, immigrants, children and anyone that is facing hunger. There are also state of Florida benefit programs, including SNAP EBT cards. The food distribution centers near you, which are listed below, are in addition to all of the charities that are located in your town or county.

If a center is not listed as being in your immediate region, call a nearby pantry for a referral to a center that may be more convenient to you. There is also a referral number at the bottom of this page for information on more Florida food banks, including ACCESS Florida online applications.

Residents can call the agency noted below to learn more about the services they offer. Any Florida resident can find out exactly where to go for free food and other assistance, such as hygiene supplies, free pet food, or applications to SNAP food stamps or government aid. They may refer callers to a church, charity, or other location that can help.

Local Florida food banks

Find information and locations of additional pantries and food banks for your city or county in Florida. They can oftentimes provide free food, clothing, holiday meals or assistance, and other help. Many centers can even help people apply for public or government aid, such as SNAP food stamps or the WIC program. These locations are specific to the county or city. Or find more locations at the bottom. There are also pantries with free pet food in Florida.

Regional food distribution centers in Florida

Each county has a Feeding America affiliate. They can refer people to a local charity run food pantry, government assistance programs for SNAP or WIC, free school lunch programs and more. There are also Mobile Farm Markets, Nutrition Education, Meals on Wheels for the elderly in the community and so much more.

 

 

 

Feeding the Gulf Coast provides assistance is the Florida Panhandle. They in effect support 24 counties, but they also provide free food in neighboring states. Anyone in the panhandle can try this location at 5709 Industrial Blvd, Milton, FL 32583. Call (850) 626-1332

Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida has multiple locations in SW part of the state. Get referrals to free food, cooking and shopping classes, snack backpacks for students, Meals on Wheels and more. Assistance is offered in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties. The locations are:

  • 3760 Fowler St., Ft. Myers, FL 33901. Call 239.334.7007 for referrals.
  • Fort Myers Grocery and Meals Distribution Center is at 3760 Fowler St., Fort Myers, FL 33901
  • Collier County Center address - 3940 Prospect Ave., Naples, FL 34104. Dial (239) 334-7007

Treasure Coast Food Bank has multiple sites. Learn about mobile food pantries or soup kitchens, pet food services, Summer Hunger Programs, SNAP applications and more. Families in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie County can get help.

  • 401 Angle Rd., Ft. Pierce, FL 34947. Telephone 772.489.3034
  • Martin County is supported by 3816 SE Dixie Hwy, Stuart, FL 34997. Phone: 772.489.3034
  • A Health and Wellness Center, which also has cooking classes, information on shopping and eating well from 1203 Orange Ave, Fort Pierce, FL 34950. For information, dial 772.489.3034

Feeding Northeast Florida is for Jacksonville FL as well as residents of the counties of Baker, Bradford, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns Counties. Call this center when faced with a crisis. A referral to a free box of food, baby formula or groceries may be provided. Children and students can also receive snacks or meals when they are out of school, during the summer. The main Feeding America location is at 1116 Edgewood Avenue North, Jacksonville, FL 32254. Call 904.513.1333, and there are also free drive thru pantries too.

 

 

 

 

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida has a focus is seniors, the unemployed, and working poor families faced with an emergency. Get referrals to free groceries, WIC applications, Meals on Wheels, and local pantries among other social services, including for pet food or surplus commodities. The Feeding America location is for Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia County and operates from 411 Mercy Drive, Orlando, FL 32805. Telephone - 407.295.1066

  • Other satellite locations include Bread of the Mighty Food Bank in Gainesville, FL 32601. Dial 352.336.0839
  • First Step Food Bank, Inc is at 4045 NE 36th Ave, Ocala, FL 34478. Telephone - 312.732.5500
  • Florida Gateway Food Bank address is 553 NW Railroad St, Lake City, FL 32055. Call 386.754.9180

Feeding South Florida is the Feeding America affiliate for Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe County and Palm Beach. A number of free assistance programs, hunger prevention resources and more is offered, including to immigrants and non-English speakers. The location is 2501 SW 32 Terrace, Pembroke Park, FL 33023. Call 954.518.1818. Or try Feeding Palm Beach County at 4925 Park Ridge Blvd, Boynton Beach, FL 33426. Telephone - 561.331.5441

All Faiths Food Bank runs assistance programs for Sarasota and DeSoto County. There is a Kids Cafe, congregate meal sites for the elderly, frozen food home delivery and other support. Location is 8171 Blaikie Ct., Sarasota, FL 34240. Call 941.379.6333 for details.

Second Harvest of the Big Bend, Inc. also assists residents of NW Florida, and specifically what is known as Big Bend. Whether applications to benefit programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Hunger Outreach, or referrals to a charitable pantry, try them for information at 4446 Entrepot Blvd, Tallahassee, FL 32310. Call 850.562.3033

Feeding Tampa Bay has everything from Nutrition Education to SNAP Outreach Program or USDA benefits. The free food bank is for families in Citrus, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, or Sumter. Address is 4702 Transport Dr., Tampa, FL 33605. Main number is 813.254.1190

Bradenton (Serving: Manatee County)
Food Bank of Manatee County

811 23rd Avenue East
Bradenton, Florida 34208
Dial: 941-747-3663

 

 

 

Gainesville (Serving: Alachua, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette & Levy Counties)
Bread of the Mighty

Main address is 325 NW 10th Ave
Gainesville, FL 32601
Phone: 352-336-0839
A leading non-profit in the state. They have referrals and databases of local pantries. Some assistance may be provided to senior citizens as well, including home delivered meals or lunches.

Lake City (Serving: Columbia, Hamilton, Suwannee & Union Counties)
Food Bank of Suwannee Valley

772 E. Duval Street
Lake City, Florida 32055
Phone number: 386-755-5683

Land O'Lakes (Serving: Hernando & Pasco Counties)
Suncoast Harvest Food Bank

5829 Ehren Cutoff
Land-O'Lakes, FL 34639
Phone number: 813-929-0200

Milton (Serving: Bay, Escambia, Holmes, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton & Washington Counties)
Bay Area Food Bank

5709 Industrial Blvd
Milton, Florida 32583
Phone: 850-626-1332

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ocala (Serving: Marion County)
First Step Food Bank

4045 NE 36th Ave
Ocala, FL 34479
Phone: 352-732-5500

Other free food banks in Florida

Most counties should be listed above. However, if not, or to locate additional food assistance programs near you, other options that are available. They include, but are not limited too, low cost groceries from discount stores (Learn more), EBT card vouchers from the SNAP food program, Meals on Wheels for the homebound in FL and government food assistance programs.

Non-profits such as Feeding America have other hunger prevention programs too. If needed, dial 813-321-7858 for more information on locations of distribution centers or pantries in your town or county. Or read more on resources.

 

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