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Free food pantries in Niagara County.

Find where to get free food in Niagara Falls and the greater county. Soup kitchens, food banks, government programs and pantries are located across the region, some of which may be near you. Several churches, food distribution centers, charities, and non-profits can be called if you or your family needs help during a difficult period. Find information on where to get free groceries or hygiene supplies below, as well as a referral number at the bottom of the page for more locations of free food in Niagara County.

Resources offered by the food banks and pantries will vary greatly. However most of the centers offer meals, government surplus food and commodities, meals for Thanksgiving and Christmas, clothing, and other support. Most of the Niagara County and Falls area locations also have staff on site that can help people apply for public assistance, such as food stamps or school lunches for your kids.

Western New York has been hit hard by the weak economy, and the charities and food pantries listed below can provide free emergency food assistance. Many will also coordinate other services to low income residents, unemployed, and others who need help.

Faith United Methodist Church
1449 Quaker Road
Barker New York 14012
Dial (716) 795-9945
This food pantry is focused only on serving residents in the Barker School District. Call for food, meals, or school clothing or meals for your child.

Salvation Army - Lockport
Address: 50 Cottage Street
Lockport New York 14094
(716) 434-1276
This Salvation Army location covers Eastern Niagara County. Some of what is offered includes an on-site food bank, thrift store, and clothing closet. Qualified people may get case management or help in applying for government programs like LIHEAP.




Salvation Army Niagara Falls
7018 Buffalo Avenue
Niagara Falls NY 14304
Telephone number - (716) 283-7697
Similar to above. Also has Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas meals and gifts, diapers, and other aid. A Meals on Wheels service is also for the homebound and senior citizens.

Food Pantry - St. Mary's - Lockport
5 Saxton Street
Lockport New York 14094
Call the pantry at (716) 434-6316 for hours and information.

Word of Life Ministries
1941 Hyde Park Boulevard
Niagara Falls NY 14305
(716) 297-2951

Food Pantry & Community Kitchen - Community Missions
Address is 1570 Buffalo Avenue
Niagara Falls New York 14303
Telephone number - (716) 285-3403
The center cooks hot meals, distributes perishable food, and other help to the low income and needy in Niagara County. Christmas and Thanksgiving meals may be served too.





Heart Love and Soul Food Pantry
939 Ontario Avenue
Niagara Falls NY 14305
For hours, call the pantry at (716) 282-5681
Services are offered for mainly Niagara Falls as well as the greater North End Niagara County.

First Baptist Food Pantry
Location of food bank - 6047 East Avenue
Newfane New York 14108
(716) 778-9216
The hours are Wednesday, 1:00-6:00 p.m.
Food is available for residents of Newfane school district which includes Olcott, Burt, Appleton, and surrounding areas.

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Food Bank
1334 Calumet Avenue
Niagara Falls NY 14305

Lockport Neighborhood Center
160 Washburn Street
Lockport New York 14094
Phone - (716) 433-6632
Financial assistance, social services, and other resources and services are offered.

Niagara Falls Neighborhood Center
564 19th Street
Niagara Falls NY 14301
Main phone number - (716) 282-4375

Neighborhood Center - North Tonawanda
Address is 316 Thompson Street
North Tonawanda New York 14120
(716) 694-9727
A free bag of non-perishable food and groceries may be passed out. Staff can also help the low income apply for WIC or food stamps, and offer other support.

St. Joseph Outreach
Main address - 1402 Pine Avenue
Niagara Falls NY 14301
Telephone - (716) 282-1379
Free emergency food and other support can be provided. There may also be clothing, such as free winter coats and boots, for the low income in Niagara County.





Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 77
Main office 57 Main Street
Tonawanda New York 14150
(716) 693-4479
A number of assistance programs are offered for veterans, their families, and military members. Services do include food, meals, housing, grant programs, and more.

Find more free food and meal programs in Niagara County near you

For referrals to other soup kitchens or free food pantries in Niagara County, call 716.852.1305. Residents can also learn about public benefits for their nutritional needs. Or even free school lunches for children, applications to SNAP food stamps or government aid and other programs in New York.


By Jon McNamara













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