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Alachua and Gainesville free food pantries.

Several food banks, soup kitchens and free emergency food pantries in Alachua County and Gainesville Florida can provide temporary assistance. There is emergency groceries or hot meals for the needy, as well as additional supplemental food, commodities or household supplies and meals to anyone in need of assistance. Many of the families who use the services of a food bank near them 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. Find details below as well as a toll free referral number at the bottom of the page.

Many of the pantries run programs that provide assorted meats, produce, baked goods, fresh fruits and vegetables at no cost to local families. There are also free Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas meals and food baskets in the Gainesville region. In addition, many of the Alachua County food pantries also have volunteers who work with non-profit agencies that provide food and household 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 SNAP food stamps, access clothing closets, get diapers, and other aid.

The Children's Table
680 Thrasher Drive
Bronson, FL 32621
Main phone number - (352) 486-6525
They hold our weekly distributions on Mondays from 12 -2 at the Bronson location.  Likewise, they deliver food throughout North Central Florida multiple days of the week, the locations and schedules vary and can be found on their Facebook page.  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.

Alachua County Salvation Army
639 East University Avenue
Gainesville, Florida 32602-3767
(352) 376-1743 Ext. 307
The Salvation Army is a Christian, faith based charity that helps the poor, unemployed, vulnerable and others. Find everything from free food from a pantry to household supplies like detergent, soap, toilet paper and more. There is also a soup kitchen, financial aid, and free Thanksgiving turkeys or Christmas help. More on free food from Alachua County Salvation Army. They also offer a host of services and assistance programs to needy families and people faced with a crisis in the county.

Bread of the Mighty Food Bank
Address is 325 NW 10 AVE
Gainesville, FL 32601
(352) 336-0839
A major, regional non-profit. Free food, produce, canned meats, dairy and more is offered. They partner with churches and charities to feed the low income. There are also Meals on Wheels for seniors or the homebound and help for migrant workers too. They are part of Feeding America.

Compassionate Outreach Ministries
320 SE 43rd St
Gainesville, FL 32641
Phone: (352) 373-1888

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.

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.

Additional free food and meal programs in Alachua County

There are other hunger prevention programs in the region. Call 352.336.0839 to find additional free food pantries and/or soup kitchens near you. Or get referrals to other resources, ranging from Meals on Wheels to surplus commodities, senior centers, free USDA lunch programs and more.

By Jon McNamara

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