Alachua and Gainesville food pantries.

Several food banks and pantries in Alachua County and Gainesville Florida can provide temporary emergency food as well as additional supplemental groceries and meals to anyone in need of assistance. Many of the families who use the services of a food bank do so for the first time as they may be struggling to get by following a serious illness, job loss, or a death in the family.

Many of the pantries run programs that provide assorted meats, produce, baked goods, fresh fruits and vegetables at no cost to local families. In addition, many of the Alachua County food pantries also have volunteers who work with non-profit agencies that provide food and supplies to the growing number of seniors, low income, unemployed, and homeless individuals and families. Volunteers can also help people access other resources. For example, get help in applying for food stamps, access clothing closets, get diapers, and other aid.

The Children's Table
Archer, Florida 32618
Main phone number - (352) 486-6525
Administers a couple programs known as Temporary Emergency Food. As the name implies provides emergency meals, groceries, and food boxes. Another government program known as Supplemental Food can help the low income, seniors, elderly, and children meet their nutritional needs.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Mid-Florida
Address: 1155 NW 13th Street
Gainesville, Florida 32601
Primary phone number - (352) 375-2525
Runs a Food Distribution Program in partnership with Safeid4Families. Provides food for children, families with kids, and more.

Gainesville Catholic Charities
Address - 1701 NE Ninth Street
Gainesville, Florida 32609
Primary phone number - (352) 372-0294
One of the leading charity organizations in Alachua County Florida. Just a sampling of the programs and resources offered include a free food pantry, clothing closet, holiday meals (such as Thanksgiving and Christmas) and from time to time may have funds to pay electric bills or rent expenses. A second location is in Alachua County Florida. The address is 15 SE 1St Avenue, High Springs, FL 32655, phone number (386) 454-1000.





Gainesville Community Ministry
238 Southwest 4th Avenue
Gainesville, Florida 32601
Call the food bank at (352) 372-8162
Distributes free food, meals, clothing and other aid like diapers and baby formula. A great place to contact for guidance and information too.

Lazarus Restoration Ministries, Inc.
3019 NE 20th Way Box 5
Gainesville, Florida 32609
Main number - (352) 514-6417
Distributes food and other help to seniors, low income, and others in the community.

Alachua County Salvation Army
639 East University Avenue
Gainesville, Florida 32602-3767
(352) 376-1743 Ext. 307 Main
Similar to Catholic Charities above in that they offer financial aid, food, and a host of services and assistance programs to needy families and people faced with a crisis in the county.

Upper Room Church of God In Christ
3575 NE 15th Street
Gainesville, Florida 32609
Call (352) 264-0006
A resource known as Manna Market Mondays is offered for the needy.




By Jon McNamara

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