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Free food banks, pantries and groceries Polk County Florida.

Free food pantries as well as soup kitchens in Polk County Florida giveaway free groceries, meals, and personal toiletries. Charities and churches acquire groceries and food products for low income families, seniors, working poor and the disabled. Items are collected through canned drives, donations, regional food bank programs or direct purchase and the free food boxes are passed out daily, even today, to the low income. . Find location of pantries near you in Polk County below as well as a toll free referral number at the bottom of the page.

The non-profit organizations, including churches, pantries, and other charities in Polk County, then distribute the food for free or low cost to people who are faced with an emergency situation. In addition, some pantries have volunteers that will deliver either a hot meal or box of groceries to people whose illnesses or disabilities make it difficult for them to leave home. Meals on Wheels are also available for seniors who are homebound.

Most of the centers also can distribute information on government assistance, such as food stamps or WIC vouchers. The charity run food distribution centers may also offer other services, like clothing, Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, and much more. They can run homeless shelters, meal programs and partner with other human service agencies and charities. Or learn about soup kitchens.

Locate Polk County FL food assistance programs from charities

SVDP Ann's Haines City
Address is 1001 S 10th St Haines City, Florida 33844. Telephone - 863-419-4819
There is a free emergency food bank, clothing closet and thrift store. Get dry and canned goods, soap, paper products like toilet paper, laundry detergent and personal toiletries. Groceries, rice, pasta, bread, dairy, meat and more is offered.

A House Blest
114 S 2nd St, Haines City, FL 33844. Call 863-422-1290

Salvation Army
Social services and low-income programs include Soup Kitchens, Congregate Meals/ for seniors and retirees. There are also free Food Pantries, Holiday Programs including holiday baskets Outreach and more. While very limited, cash can be offered on a limited basis for expenses such as utilities, rent, mortgage, and other public assistance. A soup kitchen is also on site.

  • Social Services (Lakeland) gives food. Address of center - 830 Massachusetts Avenue N, Lakeland, Florida 33801. Primary phone number – (863) 682-8179.
  • East Polk center is at 320 Martin Luther King Blvd Winter Haven, FL 33881, Dial 863-291-5107
  • More information on Salvation Army Polk County food assistance programs.

 

 

 

FBC
There are a few non-profits that are part of FBC. Free food pantries and soup kitchens are on site. There are also personal toiletries, household goods, and groceries or applications to SNAP food stamp EBT cards. Clients range from the working poor to single mothers, migrant workers and others who need free groceries today and monthly.

  • Compassion House - 1010 E Memorial Blvd Lakeland, FL 33801. Call 863-802-0180
  • Lake Alfred address is 280 E Pierce St Lake Alfred, FL 33850. Telephone - 863-956-1477
  • Wahneta - 3469 S Rifle Range Rd Winter Haven, Florida 33880. Phone - 863-268-4419

Lakeland SDA
Assistance is offered at 1435 Gilmore Ave Lakeland, FL 33805. Dial 863-815-8494
They giveaway free groceries, canned tuna or meat, liquid nutrition, vitamins, baby formula and more. Fresh fruit is also offered. They also have a free Meals on Wheels for the elderly and disabled.

Abundant Life Ministries Winter Haven
Address of the food pantry and soup kitchen is 5237 Thornhill Rd Winter Haven, FL 33880. For information, dial 863-299-7111.

First Presbyterian Auburndale
410 Pilaklakaha Ave Auburndale, Florida 33823. Phone - 863-604-0311

Endless Abilities 4 Disabilities
The non-profit is at 905 E Summerlin St, Bartow, Florida 33830. Dial 863-205-1624
A major focus is on helping the disabled. Free home delivery to the homebound in Polk County too.

Frostproof Care Center
A food pantry is at 17 S Scenic Hwy Frostproof, FL 33843. Phone - 863-635-5555
Assistance programs for the low-income, unemployed and seniors include a free food pantry, soup kitchen and other items.

Mercy & Love Food Outreach
1400 E Georgia St Bartow, FL 33830. Call 863-990-2985
Free stuff including basic needs, food, grocery giveaways and emergency aid is offered. Ensure for seniors, infant formula, bread, pasta, rice and more. Or get diapers, hand sanitizers, paper goods, cereal, eggs, dairy, meat and other food supplies.

 

 

 

 

St. Paul Lutheran (Moving Hope)
4450 Harden Blvd Lakeland, FL 33813. Phone - 863-644-7710/863-661-6019

Central Baptist Community Ministries - Emergency Services
Location is 815 S Central Ave, Lakeland, Florida 33815. Telephone - (863) 802-4673
Programs and resources offered in Polk County include Furniture, Appliances, Clothing, and Food Pantries. Also get information on both federal and state of Florida government assistance, such as SNAP food stamps. The disabled, elderly and others can also explore home delivery of food, groceries, and other goods.

Havendale Christian
Location is 3900 Lake Blue Dr Winter Haven, Florida 33881. Phone - 863-967-0046
A free food bank is on site. There are clothes, Christmas meals, Thanksgiving turkey meals and other goods. Fresh fruits, meat, dairy, fresh vegetables and more.

Champion's Church House of Hope
The location is 1801 Havendale Blvd Winter Haven, Florida 33881. Telephone - 863-294-3561.

Highland Park Church of the Nazarene
4777 Lakeland Highlands Rd Lakeland, Florida 33813. Phone - 585-617-6030

Hands of Hope
Address is 640 Burns Avenue Lake Florida FL 33853. Main number is 863-949-6031

New Bethel Lakeland Social Services
2122 Dr MLK Jr Ave Lakeland, FL 33805. Dial 863-687-1994
Whether applications to SNAP food stamps or WIC vouchers, or USDA meals or commodity programs, help is offered. There is also cash aid, information on housing, The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) applications and other aid.

Harvest Assembly of God
Location is 2120 Airport Rd Lakeland, FL 33811. Call 407-468-1920

Ministerio Rey de Reyes Internacional Inc
Address is 2870 Lake Alfred Rd, Winter Haven, FL 33881.
The food pantry helps people from all races, religions. Spanish speakers, immigrants, migrant workers and others can get help. Cooking Oil, vegetable soup, cultural specific meals and food boxes and other stuff is offered.

St. Joseph Lakeland
Location is 210 W Lemon St Lakeland, FL 33815. Main number - 863-213-5280

Rise Up Feed and Seed
826 N 8th Street Haines, Florida 33844. Intake number is 863-557-2514

Church Service Center
Social services and free groceries and food is at 495 E. Summerlin Street Bartow, FL 33830. Call 863-533-5822.

MCK House of Bread
Address is 440 South 5th Ave, Bartow FL 33830. Telephone - 863-712-1722
A free soup kitchen is on site. Breakfast, lunch, dinner is offered. Free Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas meals are offered too. The homeless can get a meal or even bag food.

 

 

 

 

Faith & Deliverance
290 Hwy 17 S Bartow, FL 33830. Main number is 863-510-3601.

Harvest Time Ministry Outreach
Address is 1824 W Olive St Lakeland, Florida  33815. Telephone - 863-308-3501
A number of assistance programs are offered, ranging from free baby formula to groceries, perishable items, spaghetti, referrals and more. The goal is to help low-income families in Polk County, the poor, elderly and others.

First United Methodist Church of Haines City - House Blest
Address is 114 South Second Street
Haines City, Florida 33844
Primary phone number is (863) 421-9115
The church has an onsite food pantry. It can distribute emergency food, groceries, and meals to the needy. Other resources for Polk County families include guidance, referrals, and information on such services as clothing or shelters.

Family Emergency Services of Winter Haven
Address: 320 Avenue T, N.W.
Winter Haven, FL 33881
Dial (863) 294-1939
If you are faced with a crisis, then apply for Temporary Financial Assistance. This can help people pay for bills including food, meals, and groceries. Polk County residents can also meet with a social worker to apply for WIC or SNAP food stamps. A number of low income programs are run.

First United Methodist Church of Haines
Address of church - 21 S. Second Street
Haines City, Florida 33844
Call (863) 422-1290

Mulberry Community Service Center
301 NE 5th Street
Mulberry, FL 33860
Telephone number - (863) 425-1523
Food pantries can provide Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets, free new or gently used clothing, and financial help. May also have government surplus food.

Davenport Church of God
Address: 308 South Blvd W
Davenport, Florida 33837
Telephone number is (863) 422-2274
A food bank is run. Perishable items, fruits, breads, and other items are offered. There may also be paper goods like toilet paper, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies and other canned or fresh food.

Viste
Location of the food bank is 1232 E. Magnolia
Lakeland Florida 33801
863-284-0828

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wave Ministry
3406 Swindell Rd.
Lakeland FL 33810
Telephone number is 813-716-1541
Whether it is a box of food for a low income family or clothing or paper goods, assistance is available. There are also holiday food boxes available from time to time from the charity.

Redeemer Lutheran Church
Location is 390 E Parker Ave
Bartow, FL 33830
Call (863) 533-6054 to access the pantry and services offered.
Volunteers at the church can also refer people to local non-profits and charity type organizations.

First Love Church Of God In Christ
Address - 4140 Church St.
Bartow Florida 33831
Phone: 863-646-8517
An emergency pantry is on site. Depending on donations, there may be boxes of groceries, baby formula, hygiene items, and even delivered meals to senior citizens. Get pasta, bread, dairy, canned or fresh meat and other free food giveaways.

Additional free food and meals in Polk County Florida near you

Those are just a sampling of agencies to turn to for free food in Polk County. There are many other charities as well as government programs that feed the hungry. There may be weekend backpacks of food provided for students, Thanksgiving or Christmas meal sites for families in poverty, and USDA programs, among many others. Call 813.254.1190 for referrals to other food pantries or soup kitchens near you.

By Jon McNamara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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