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Free food pantries and groceries Toledo and Lucas County.

Find where to get free food, groceries, and meals in Lucas County Ohio. There are several charities as well as churches that help prevent hunger, as well as government aid from the USDA. Free food, hot or cold meals, groceries, and other non-financial aid is provided by food pantries that may be near you in Toledo and Lucas County Ohio. Find details below along with a phone number for referrals to free food programs in Lucas County and intake at the bottom of the page. Many organizations give away groceries today and most days on the week.

Each of the locations is an independent center, so the services vary. Some of the other resources that may be offered include clothing, Thanksgiving and Christmas meals and gifts, personal hygiene items, and supplies for babies, such as diapers and formula. This is just a small example of what may be provided from the food banks in the region, and every year thousands of needy families get help.

Using both volunteers and donations from the community, the free food pantries are some of the leading resources in the area. Many of them are also based at non-profit organizations, so all of the programs they run are focused on low income families. They also tend to assist seniors through Meals on Wheels services and have special food items for children in Lucas County.

While not nearly as common, some financial help for paying for basic needs, such as electric bills, housing, and medical expenses may also be provided. However it is not common, funding is very limited, and only a small number of qualified families in the greater Toledo Ohio area may receive this form of help. However almost all of the centers can direct people to other local charities and churches in Lucas County, as well as programs in both the state of Ohio and federal government assistance programs.

Church Women United Thrift Shop
Address - 631 S Crissey Road
Holland, Ohio 43528
Phone number - (419) 865-2300
Boxes of food are combined with clothing, personal hygiene items, and bags of groceries.




Jewish Family Service of Toledo
6505 Sylvania Avenue
Sylvania, Ohio 43560
Dial (419) 885-2561 for service or intake.
The non-profit will have special seasonal food items, help with employment, and other crisis support. Clients need to be on the path to self-sufficiency.

Olivet Lutheran Church
5840 Monroe Street
Sylvania, OH 43560
Dial (419) 882-2077
The church offers meals, emergency food boxes, and other aid to the needy.

Sylvania Area Family Services
Address: 5440 Marshall Road
Sylvania, OH 43560
(419) 882-8415

SeaGate Food Bank of Northwest Ohio
Location is 526 High St
Toledo, OH 43609
Call (419) 244-6996
Low income families, the working poor, disabled and others can get free food, groceries, meals, and more. There are also paper products like toilet paper or household goods including laundry detergent.





Catholic Charities of Lucas County
They offer various assistance programs, including food, meals, winter clothes and more. Programs include a free food bank and soup kitchen. There are also fruits, dairy, meat, Ensure for the elderly, and a regional Meals on Wheels program. They also help immigrants and Spanish speakers. Find free food programs from Toledo area Catholic Charities.

AIDS Resource Center Ohio, Lucas County
3450 W. Central Avenue Ste 210
Toledo, Ohio 43606
(419) 241-9444 ext. 405
Programs, including food and information on medical care, is offered for HIV and AIDs patients.

Assumption Outreach Center
Address of center - 219 Page Street
Toledo, OH 43620
Call (419) 243-9213 for hours
The main resource offered is the federal Government Emergency Food Program.

Augsburg Lutheran Church
1342 Sylvania Avenue
Toledo, Ohio 43612
Phone number of church - (419) 478-2374

Bethlehem Baptist Church
Address - 1430 W Bancroft Street
Toledo, Ohio 43606
Dial (419) 241-9360 for intake or information.
Free hot meals are for low income and working poor families in Lucas County. Emergency food boxes may have canned goods, dairy products, formula for single moms and more.

Central Residents Council (CRC)
Address is 642 Division Street
Toledo, OH 43604
(419) 254-3450
Offers the needy, low income, and jobless both a clothing closet and food pantry. Meals, groceries, and government surplus items are provided to the needy and low income.

Christian Community Church
2500 Nebraska Avenue
Toledo, OH 43607
Phone number - (419) 536-8357
Free Thanksgiving and Christmas meals are also served, as well as small toys for children.

Epiphany Lutheran Church
Location of church food banks - 915 N Reynolds Road
Toledo, OH 43615
Call (419) 536-5986





Faith Lutheran (south)
2440 South Avenue
Toledo, Ohio 43609
Dial (419) 385-7459
The elderly and homebound can inquire into a delivery service.

Food for Thought Toledo, Cedar Creek Mobile Food Pantry
2600 Sylvania Road
Toledo, OH 43613

Nuvision Church Mobile Pantry
Address of pantry when not mobile - 2014 Cherry Street
Toledo, OH 43608

Frederick Douglass Community Association
1001 Indiana Avenue
Toledo, Ohio 43607
(419) 244-6722
Various social services are offered. Get information on rental programs and public assistance like food stamps. Also offers free food, like fruits, vegetables, and breads. Baby formula may also be distributed.

Friendly Center
Main address - 1324 N Superior Street
Toledo, OH 43604
Administrative phone number (419) 243-1280

Friendship New Vision
Address - 5301 Nebraska
Toledo, OH 43615
Call - (419) 534-5437

Helping Hands of St. Louis Church
443 Sixth Street
Toledo, OH 43605
Dial the church at (419) 691-0613
An emergency pantry in Lucas County. Non-perishable goods, clothing, and weekend snacks are for children. Or inquire into WIC or free school lunch applications from USDA.

Historic Church of St. Patrick
130 Avondale
Toledo, OH 43604
(419) 243-6452

Hope Ministries of Toledo
Food bank location - 910 Phillips Avenue
Toledo, OH 43612
Office number - (419) 269-9355
Meet with a case manager or specialist. Learn about and get help applying for food aid, school or work clothing, and other assistance, such as emergency rent help or deposits.







Lutheran Social Services of NWO
2149 Collingwood Boulevard
Toledo, Ohio 43620
(419) 243-9178
Housing, food, shelter, and meals for the homeless and veterans are offered.

Martin Luther King Kitchen for the Poor
650 Vance Street
Toledo, OH 43604
(419) 241-2596

Martin Luther Lutheran
Location is 601 Nevada Street
Toledo, Ohio 43605
Phone number - (419) 691-8097
Inquire into a free box of food. Or holiday meal baskets are passed out to the working poor.

Monroe Street Neighborhood Center
Address: 3613 Monroe Street
Toledo, OH 43606
Dial the food bank at (419) 473-1167

Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food
24 E Woodruff Ave
Toledo, OH
(419) 242-5000
They offer referrals. This regional center support non-profits and churches in Lucas County.

Emmanuel Baptist Church
Address: 4207 W Laskey Rd
Toledo, Ohio
For hours, call (419) 473-3280

Mustard Seed Outreach Ministries
5420 302nd Street
Toledo, OH 43611
Call (419) 727-1800
Food is combined with financial aid. Also get items such as baby formula, soap, feminine products, or fresh or canned food. They help the poor, unemployed, and struggling in Lucas County.  More on Mustard Seed programs in Lucas County.





Open Door Family Resource Center
Address of center - 1205 King Road
Toledo, OH 43617
(419) 867-1838
Programs include Summer Food Service, surplus USDA commodities, fresh produce and more.

Providence Center for Social and Economic Empowerment
1205 Broadway Avenue
Toledo, OH 43609
Call (419) 244-0666
Works to ensure long term self-sufficiency of local Toledo and Lucas County families. At the same time will distribute short term aid such as meals, food, access to shelter, and household products.

Redeemer Lutheran Church (central)
1702 Upton Avenue
Toledo, Ohio 43607
Dial (419) 536-3781 for food, holiday meals and a clothing closet.

Salem Lutheran (North)
1127 N Huron Street
Toledo, Ohio 43604
(419) 243-2345

Toledo Area Ministries
Location is 3043 Monroe St
Toledo, OH
Call (419) 242-7401
The faith based charity helps the less fortunate. Emergency boxes of food, clothing, school items, and more may be on site.

Salvation Army NWO
Location is 620 N Erie Street
Toledo, OH 43697
(419) 241-3549
A leading charity in Lucas County. Offers referrals, help in applying for government aid, LIHEAP, food and clothing closet, and holiday assistance like Angel Tree. The chareity also distributes emergency food, holiday assistance, and information on programs such as LIHEAP to Lucas County Ohio residents. They can also help with food stamp applications from the Ohio Benefit Bank.

Southside Life Station
Stop by the center at 402 South Avenue
Toledo, OH 43609
Pantry phone (419) 242-3340

St. Francis De Sales Chapel
501 Cherry Street
Toledo, OH 43604
(419) 243-4242
The charity supports a small portion of Lucas County.

St. Martin De Porres Social Concerns
Food bank location - 1119 W Bancroft
Toledo, OH 43606
Primary phone number - (419) 241-4581

Trilby United Methodist (west)
Address of church - 5918 Secor Road
Toledo, OH 43623
Dial (419) 472-2103

Trinity Faith Outreach Center
1312 N Huron Street
Toledo, OH 43604
For Service/Intake - Outreach, dial (419) 246-9747

United Missionary Baptist Church
Address: 2705 Monroe Street
Toledo, Ohio 43606
Phone number - (419) 242-1455
A box of food is combined with Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas meals and gifts. The disabled may have a volunteer assist them too.

Wesley United Methodist (North)
Location of food pantry 2934 Stickney Avenue
Toledo, OH 43608
Call (419) 726-4160





Western Avenue Family Center
1411 Broadway
Toledo, Ohio 43609
Phone (419) 344-5844. Dial for emergency food boxes.

Additional free food and meal programs in Lucas County

Families in the Lucas County and Toledo Ohio region can call 419-242-5000 for more information on food pantries near them. A few dozen other non-profit locations, charities, and churches offer canned goods, meals, and government commodities to low income families. Some centers also offer free Christmas meals, holiday boxes, summer snacks, and other seasonal food assistance programs.


By Jon McNamara

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