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Georgia free food banks and distribution centers.

Get information on Georgia food banks and hunger prevention programs that provide free or low cost groceries, meals and food. There is assistance available to struggling families and individuals across the state. The free food banks and pantries listed below, that may be near you, also partner with the national non-profit organization known as Feeding America. This national organization coordinates programs across the nation and all 50 states. Find also a referral number at the bottom of the page.

The food bank or pantry that is noted below will also work with churches, non-profits, pantries, and other charities in the local community to help as many people as possible. Most of the assistance provided is distributed by those partner agencies. In order to learn about where to go for free food or groceries you can call the food bank in your county. Most will offer, among other items, Prepared Foods, Fresh Produce, an on Site Community Kitchen, Hunger Education, Food Purchase Program, and government programs such as WIC, TEFAP, and commodities from CSFP.

Other services, which will vary by locations, include Kids in Need School Supply Program, Hunger & Poverty Advocacy, or benefit Eligibility Counseling. There are also household items called Non Food Distribution, Food Stamps, and a Community Garden. Other resources may also be offered at a food bank near you in Georgia.

In addition to the food banks listed below, there are other organizations in your county (such as the Salvation Army or a community action agency) that may be able to provide free groceries or other forms of aid. Ask for referrals. If needed, a phone number is at the bottom of the page for additional locations.

If you need help, do not hesitate to call a food bank in Georgia. You can learn about the services and resources they offer, and get information on the application process. The food bank or free distribution center more than likely will refer you directly to a charity or church in your local town or city.

Georgia free food banks by city and county

To find additional pantries and food banks that operate in your city or county, use the list below. Hundreds of  distribution centers operate at a more local level across Georgia. Many are run by churches and non-profit agencies. They provide free food, meals, groceries, applications to government benefits and other support such as clothing (as available) to the needy.

Regional food distribution centers in Georgia

The Atlanta Community Food Bank provides assistance in 29 counties across metro Atlanta and north Georgia. Learn about brown bag lunches for the elderly, free food banks, USDA summer meals for students and other resources.

 

 

 

Counties served include Floyd, Polk, Haralson, Carrroll, Heard, Bartow, Paulding, Douglas, Coweta, Pickens, Cherokee, Cobb, Fulton, Fayette, Clayton, Spaulding, Henry, Butts, Newton, Rockdale, DeKalb, Fulton, Forsyth, Morgan, Walton, Gwinnett, Hall, Dawson, Lumpkin, Gordon, Habersham, Rabun. This may be the main center in the entire state of Georgia. Tens of thousands of families are assisted every year. Call for referrals to a local pantry.

The main office is at 3400 N Desert Dr, Atlanta, GA 30344. Phone number for referrals is as follows (404) 892-9822. Get emergency assistance as well as help applying for long term benefits, including SNAP food stamps, Commodity Supplemental items and more. Or try the partner agency known as the Georgia Mountain Food Bank at 1642 Calvary Industrial Drive, SW, Gainesville, GA 30507. Call 770.534.4111

The Food Bank of Northeast Georgia provides assistance in 14 counties. The food bank address is 861 Newton Bridge Road, Athens, GA 30604-8857. Counties served: Towns, Union, White, Stephens, Banks, Jackson, Barrow, Oconee, Clarke, Oglethorpe, Madison, Franklin, Hart. The main phone number is (706) 354-8191.

Feeding the Valley Food Bank provides help in western Georgia. Programs and resources include surplus government commodities, information on the Meals on Wheels program for senior citizens, and the school lunch program for children and students. Many other services are available as well.

Counties served include Troup, Meriwether, Harris, Talbot, Muscogee, Chattahoochee, Marion, Schley, Webster, Stewart, Quitman, Randolph, Clay, Sumter. The main location is 6744 Flat Rock Road, Midland, GA 31820. Phone is 706.561.4755. There are small hubs too. They include

  • Other locations include 118 Gordon Commercial Drive Lagrange, GA 30240. Main number is 706-298-7388.
  • Another Feeding America site is 301 South Slappey Blvd. Albany, GA 31701. Dial 229-496-2031

 

 

 

 

Second Harvest of South Georgia, Inc has a main office at 1411 Harbin Circle, Valdosta, GA 31601. Dial 229.244.2678. Residents in the following counties can turn to it for help. They include Atkinson, Baker, Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Clinch, Coffee, Colquitt, Cook, Crisp, Decatur, Early, Echols, Grady, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, Miller, Mitchell, Seminole, Sumter, Thomas, Tift, Turner, Ware and also Worth County.

The Middle Georgia Community Food Bank provides services in 24 counties. They include Jasper, Pike, Lamar, Monroe, Upson, Crawford, Jones, Bibb, Baldwin, Peach, Macon, Taylor, Wilkinson, Twiggs, Houston, Dooly, Pulaski, Wilcox, Bleckley, Dodge, Laurens, Telfair, Wheeler, Treulten.

Get everything from a free box of food to information on culinary training, Senior Brown Bag, WIC - Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children applications and other USDA benefits. The main address is 4490 Ocmulgee East Boulevard, Macon, GA 31217. Call 478.742.3958.

America's Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia, Inc. has an office at 2501 East President Street, Savannah, GA 31404. Counties Served are  Montgomery, Jeff Davis, Toombs, Appling, Bacon, Tattnall, Candler, Evans, Bulloch, Pierce, Wayne, Long, Liberty, Bryan, Effingham, Chatham, McIntosh, Chatham, Brantley, Glynn, Camden, Echols, Glynn.

The non-profit helps low income families in a wide region. In addition to free groceries and emergency boxes of food, inquire into government assistance such as SNAP or the WIC program for babies and pregnant moms. Snacks may be offered for local Georgia students, fruits, vegetables, and more is provided. Phone number is (912) 236-6750.

The Golden Harvest Food Bank provides assistance ranging from SNAP food stamps to healthy eating workshops and food to over 20 counties. The location is 3310 Commerce Drive, Augusta, Georgia 30909. Phone number is (706) 736-1199. Call for hours and referrals. Another location is 81 Capital Drive, Aiken, SC 29803. Call 803.642.2912.

The Food Bank of Southwest Georgia
Primary address is2800 Phillips Dr
Albany, GA 31721
Phone: (229) 883-5959
Counties Served: Terrell, Calhoun, Lee, Early, Miller, Seminole, Decatur, Baker, Mitchell, Dougherty, Worth, Colquitt, Tift, Crisp, Irwin, Ben Hill, Coffee, Turner.

Chatooga Food Bank
The location is 50 Eleanor Ave
Summerville, GA 30747
Phone number is (706) 509-0529

Counties Served: Dade, Fannin, Walker, Catoosa, Whitfield, Murray, Gilmer, Chatooga, Gordon

 

 

 

 

Additional locations of Georgia food banks and free pantries

Dial (404) 419-1738 for additional locations. Or, if you can’t find your town or county in Georgia above, click here to find additional free grocery and food assistance programs, including those offered by the federal government or state. There are many other charitable, free food pantries in Georgia that may be near you and your family.

 

By Jon McNamara

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