Idaho free food banks, pantries and feeding programs.
Food banks and free pantries in Idaho provide assistance to individuals as well as entire families who need help. Both short term, emergency assistance as well as referrals for long term needs can be met. Get free or reduced priced food, groceries, household supplies and possibly other forms of non-financial support. There are many distribution centers that may be near you, and find the free food pantries by county and city below.
Many of the distribution centers are part of Second Harvest or Feeding America. The food banks that are located across the state can also refer eligible applicants to government programs (such as SNAP or WIC), charity organizations, or other low income programs. Examples include Meals on Wheels for seniors in Idaho as well as WIC vouchers or more.
Low income families, the unemployed and other in Idaho can also get information or help in applying for SNAP food stamps or even holiday meals. Find information below on the primary food banks in Idaho. Call them for local programs. There is also a referral number at the bottom of this page for information on other food banks near you.
Local food banks and pantries near you
Many of the counties in Idaho have dozens of local charities that offer free food. They tend to be smaller locations and limited in scope and resources. However the sites can pass out free meals and volunteers will provide guidance to low income families. They may even offer programs such as Meals on Wheels, Christmas meals or toys and many others. Some leading counties are below, or scroll down for an even more extensive list.
Regional food and free grocery distribution centers in Idaho
There are many other statewide or local resources. Each ID county has a Feeding America food bank location and partners. While resources vary, anyone facing hunger can get free food. help applying for benefits such as SNAP food stamps, USDA programs, and more. The goal is to help feed struggling families, children and the vulnerable in Idaho.
Idaho Food Bank
Address is 3630 E Commercial Ct, Meridian, ID 83642. Dial 208.336.9643
This is the main Feeding America location in the state. They cover, and provide assistance too, most of the counties including the Boise region. There are programs such as information on Backpack programs to feed students during the breaks or weekends. Or learn about Cooking Matters for healthy living on a budget, Senior Nutrition - Meals on Wheels, mobile pantries and others. Read more on Cooking Matters free workshops.
They also partner with food pantries, churches and charities and provide support in the counties of Ada (including Boise), Adams, Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Blaine, Boise, Bonneville, Butte, Camas, Canyon, Caribou, Cassia, Clark, Clearwater, Custer, Elmore, Franklin, Fremont and Gem.
As noted, this is the primary center in Idaho, so they also cover Gooding, Idaho, Jefferson, Jerome, Latah, Lemhi, Lewis, Lincoln, Madison, Minidoka, Nez Perce, Oneida, Owyhee, Payette, Power, Teton, Twin Falls, Valley, as well as Washington County.
- North Central Idaho Branch
3331 10th St., Lewiston, ID 83501. Call 208-746-2288
- Eastern Idaho Branch
They are another Feeding America site at 555 S. First Avenue, Pocatello, Idaho 83201. For referrals, dial 208-233-8811
Second Harvest Inland Northwest
They also serve parts of Idaho from 1234 E. Front Avenue, Spokane, WA 99202. Call 509.534.6678
The Idaho counties covered include Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, as well as Shoshone. Get canned or fresh food, use the farmers market with SNAP food stamps and more. They partner with local pantries and soup kitchens across the state. Low income families, the poor, elderly and others can get assistance. They also have information on USDA commodity programs, including from the federal government and state.
West Bonner County Food Bank
313 E 3rd St N, Oldtown, ID 83822. Food bank phone number - (208) 437-0143
Food Bank Lewiston
Address is 3323-3399 10th St, Lewiston, ID 83501. Dial - (208) 743-4362
The non-profit offers applications to USDA programs, such as school lunches, as well as has a food bank on site.
Community Action and Food Bank Shoshone County
311 S Main St., Kellogg, ID 83837. Call (208) 783-4901
Community Action Partnership
4144 Industrial Ave E, Coeur D Alene, ID 83815. Main number is (208) 664-8757
Employment programs, free baskets of food, applications to SNAP food stamps in Idaho, and other support is provided. This center is both a clothing distributor and food pantry. they provide free food and groceries, clothing, school supplies, job referrals, furniture, appliances, bicycles, computers, and much more.
Rathdrum Food Bank
827 W Main St, Rathdrum, Idaho, 83858 . Dial (208) 687-3696
Bonner Community Center
1707 Culvers Dr, Sandpoint, ID 83864. Phone number - (208) 263-3663
There are many programs offered, including (but not limited too) SNAP Outreach Program, Cooking classes and a client choice pantry. There may be shelf stable groceries, meats, perishable items and more. The food bank covers all of the Bonner County region.
Community Action Agency Programs
Location is 416 Main Ave, Saint Maries ID, 83861. Main number is (208) 245-9090
Locations on other Idaho food banks and pantries
If you want to find other food banks that operate in Idaho, dial 208.336.9643. Dozens of food pantries and banks distribute free food and groceries. They also help residents sign up for WIC vouchers or SNAP food stamps. Clients of the centers may be low income families and other needy individuals across the state of Idaho.