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Free food pantries in Virginia Beach.

Food pantries, charities and churches in the Virginia Beach area can provide emergency food assistance to people or families who need help. There are various form of support given to individuals that are faced with an emergency. The primary goals of the food banks are to assist people who are hungry, families who need meals for their families, and referrals to long term benefits. The centers will offer help to those who frequently skip meals or have lower quality diets because they cannot always afford to pay for the food they need.

Programs and resources offered by each food bank will vary. In general the pantries provide those who need help a one-week supply of nutritious, well-balanced groceries that could include various proteins, fruits, and vegetables. Some of the locations and churches can also distribute meals and food boxes around Thanksgiving and Christmas time too. Some centers in Virginia Beach may also have clothing or case management.

The food pantries, many of which are located in churches, use in-kind donations and funds from local businesses, members of the community, and USDA government assistance. All of these goods are used to provide surplus items to the needy. The pantries offer free emergency food assistance to families and individuals in the Virginia Beach area.

United Methodist Church, Virginia Beach Churches
Address - 1709 Pacific Avenue
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
Phone number - (757)428-7727
The church provides the needy with free groceries, hot or cold meals, and other forms of assistance. There are various churches that offer food, financial aid, and other help to the needy in the community.

First Presbyterian Church - Maintained by Potter's House
Location - 300 36th Street
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
Call (757)428-6332

Mt. Olive Baptist Church
Address - 310 North Birdneck Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Food bank phone number - (757)422-3797
Call the church for hours of when food is distributed. Offers free meals, groceries, fruits, rice, and may have items such as baby formula too.





Freedom Fellowship
Main location - 836 Regency Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23454
Call (757)428-3277 for information.
A pantry and soup kitchen are on site. The charity may also offer holiday meals, including Thanksgiving turkeys and Christmas meals, to the low income in Virginia Beach.

Lem Bowden Memorial Food Closet, Eastern Shore Chapel Episcopal Church
2020 Laskin Road
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23454
Phone number - (757)428-6763
Distributes groceries, clothing, and government surplus food. Can also help organize shelter for those facing eviction and the homeless.

Foundry United Methodist Church
Address - 2801 Virginia Beach Boulevard
Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Storehouse Food Pantry
Courthouse Community United Methodist Church
2708 Princess Anne Road
Virginia Beach, VA  23456
The location is open every Wednesday from 10:00 am to noon and again from 5:30 - 6:30 pm.




Beach Fellowship
Food pantry address - 1817 General Booth Boulevard
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23454
Phone number - (757)721-7388

Food Locker, Open Door Chapel
Location is 3177 Virginia Beach Boulevard
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Main number - (757)340-1441

Lynnhaven United Methodist Church
Address: 1033 Little Neck Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Main number - (757)340-5682

St. Francis Episcopal Church
Address: 509 South Rosemont Road
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452
Phone number - (757)340-6884
The church distributes food, meals, and groceries. Call them for Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas food baskets and gifts too.

Loaves to Fishes Ministry, Brook Baptist Church
Church address - 4397 Wishart Road
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23455
Dial (757)464-0371
Loaves to Fishes administers a number of emergency food boxes for the working poor, seniors, and disabled. The can also direct families living in poverty to food stamp application sites.

Social Justice Office, Church of the Ascension
Location is 4853 Princess Anne Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
Phone number - (757)495-1886 Ext 14
The charity operates a Meals on Wheels service from the onsite food pantry. There may be groceries as well as other items, such as cleaning supplies, soap, detergent, and more.





Rock Church Food Pantry
640 Kempsville Road
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464
Main number - (757)217-2192

Kempsville Presbyterian Church
Address is 805 Kempsville Road
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464
Telephone - (757)495-1913

FOTE Outreach and Community Development Program
Location is 3420 Club House Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23450
Phone number is (757)431-0052
The non-profit offers free Thanksgiving food baskets during the holidays. The food bank may also have cereal, rice, summer snacks for students, baby formula for single moms, and other aid.

Shekinah Glory International
Address: 149 Business Park Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
For intake, dial (757)961-3444

Salvation Army-Tidewater Area Command, Hampton Roads Area Command
Address is 5525 Raby Road
Norfolk, Virginia 23502
Phone: (757)543-8100
The pantry may have fruits, vegetables, applications to WIC vouchers, and more. Emergency financial aid, a thrift store, and other support is also provided in Virginia BEach

Trinity Christian Fellowship
5245 Challedon Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Dial (757)739-5234

Bread of Life Outreach, Joy Ministries
Address is 1446 Kempsville Road
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464
Phone - (757)420-2625
Some of the services offered include baby formula, diapers, groceries and hot meals. Staff also offer help in applying for government programs like food stamps and WIC.

Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore
For referrals to pantries, soup kitchen, or holiday meals, call (757) 627-6599.
Clients range from senior citizens to the homeless and Virginia Beach homes with children. The network of pantries feed the hungry and working poor, offer referrals, and more.

Catholic Church of Saint Mark
1505 Kempsville Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
Phone number - (757)479-1010
Provides assistance to anyone in need, regardless of religion or background.





Coastal Community Church
Location is 2800 S Independence Blvd
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
Main phone - (757) 233-1293

For more details on free food pantries and soup kitchens, dial 757.627.6599. Referrals are also given to government programs such as Summer Food Service Program as well as Senior Brown Bag.


By Jon McNamara

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