Free food banks and pantries in Indiana
Contact a free food bank or emergency pantry in Indiana that is near you and that can provide assistance. Many of the centers provide individuals with free or low cost food, groceries, vegetables, breads, hot meals, and other forms of nutritional support. Many of the food bank locations in IN listed below by county, may also other forms of assistance to struggling households as well, including information on local charities, government programs, and other forms of support. Case workers can help with SNAP food stamps, baby formula, and similar basic needs.
Just some of the Indiana food banks are listed below. The majority of the centers listed also have partnerships with other non-profit organizations, churches, social services organizations in Indiana such as Feeding America. So you should call them to get more information or to learn about the application process in order to get free food. For example they should be able to direct you to a organization in your town or city. There is also a phone number at the bottom of this page for referrals to other free food banks near you.
The low to moderate income, working poor, seniors and unemployed also have other options available to them in addition to these food banks and pantries. Financial assistance, cooking, or healthy eating workshops are available in all Indiana counties, and you can call a center below for referrals. Or even learn about free cooking classes for seniors.
Local Indiana food pantries, soup kitchens and food banks
In addition to the distribution centers here, find a listing of other free or low cost pantries as well as food banks for your city or county in Indiana. These centers near you will support members of those communities with meals, groceries, clothing, and other aid.
Hoosier Hills Food Bank is based at 2333 West Industrial Park Drive, Bloomington, Indiana 47404. The Feeding America partner is for people in Brown, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Orange and Owen County. While resources are limited and it relies on donations, inquire about free or low cost food boxes that are provided to local pantries, churches and soup kitchens.
Working with local partners, they also arrange Special Thanksgiving, Easter, and other holiday meal programs are offered for the low income and homeless. There is also a Summer Hunger Programs as well as Mobile Pantries. Call 812.334.8374.
Tri-State Food Bank - This non-profit works closely with non-profits across the state. They provide local churches, charities, and other agencies with food, and those centers then distribute the meals and food items to people in the community.
They cover the Indiana counties of Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh, and Warrick County. Also learn about programs for other needs, such as clothing, WIC, and household supplies. Location is 2504 Lynch Road, Evansville, IN 47711. Number - (812) 425-0775.
Catholic Charities Feeding America partners is based at 430 N 14th 1/2 St, Terre Haute, IN 47807. Call 812.232.1447. They are a Feeding America partners and work with food banks in Clay, Greene, Knox, Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion, and Vigo County. Whether free, emergency boxes of groceries or bag lunches, or free Pediatric Screening or health and wellness workshops, they help struggling families. This charity also works with local and regional churches. In addition to the pantry, free holiday and Christmas meals may be arranged. Other social services and government benefits can be accessed.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Indiana is for Lake and Porter County. The address is 6490 Broadway, Merrillville, IN 46410. Dial 219.980.1777. Get USDA Commodities, Commodity Supplemental Food Program, or attend cooking classes. Or apply for public benefit programs, get hot meals and other support.
Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana - Provides canned goods, federal government surplus commodities, perishable food, and more to local pantries. Also has referrals and other support. They are for the counties of Blackford, Delaware, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph and Wabash.. The main office is 6621 N Old State Rd 3, Muncie IN, 47303. Dial (765) 287-8698 for information.
Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, Inc. is based at 999 East Tillman Road, Fort Wayne , IN 46855. Dial 260.447.3696. Covers the towns and counties in the northeastern part of the state, including Adams, Allen, De Kalb, Huntington, Lagrange, Noble, Steuben, Wells or Whitley. Free groceries, bags of food, and even public benefits such as food stamp applications are processed. Or apply for free
Health and Nution workshops, cooking classes and other services.
Freestore Foodbank is for a few counties in Indiana, including Dearborn, Ohio Indiana, and Switzerland. Main address - 1141 Central Parkway, Cincinnati , OH 45202. Call 513.482.4500. The location works with dozen on food banks and pantries in Indiana. Thousands of pounds of food, canned goods, breads, and frozen items are distributed each month. Some food will also meet the requirements of seniors and children in the region.
Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Inc. is for residents in Bartholomew, Boone, Decatur, Fayette, Franklin, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendrick, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Johnson, Marion, Morgan, Putnam, Ripley, Rush, Scott , Shelby, Union, and Wayne County. Whether mobile pantries at local charities, or USDA programs such as Senior Brown Bag or surplus commodities, the Feeding America center assists.
There are also assistance programs such as cooking classes, coupons, free groceries, fresh produce, and local Meals on Wheels. Or the Summer Feeding Program helps feed low-income students during the holidays and summer break. The location is 3737 Waldemere Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46241. Call 317.925.0191
Dare to Care Food Bank is for both KY and Indiana, but the local counties are Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, and Washington. they have school feeding programs, cooking matters classes, and mobile pantry and other support. Fresh produce, meat, baby formula and other goods are offered in partnership with free food banks. The main center is at 5803 Fern Valley Road, Louisville, KY 40228. Call 502.966.3821
Midwest Food Bank
Main site is at 6450 S Belmont St., Indianapolis - IN, 46217. Call (317) 786-8980
Food Finders Food Bank Inc. is for families, the elderly, disabled and unemployed in the counties of Benton, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fountain, Fulton, Howard, Jasper, Miami, Montgomery, Newton, Pulaski, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Warren, and White. The address is 1204 Greenbush Street, Lafayette, IN 47904. For referrals to free food programs, pantries, public aid such as WIC or SNAP food stamps, call 765.471.0062.
Food Bank of Northern Indiana - Location is 702 South Chapin Street, South Bend , IN 46601-2804 . Telephone number is 574.232.9986. They distribute commodities to pantries and soup kitchens through The Emergency Food Assistance Program from the USDA. Or call them for referrals to free, emergency food banks that are open daily. Assistance is for people in Elkhart County, Kosciusko, La Porte, Marshall, St. Joseph, as well as Starke.
The Caring Center
1230 Ransdell Court, Lebanon - IN, 46052. Call for food - 765-482-2020
The Caring Center is actively involved in many different activities, including a Kids Coat Drive, holiday meals, Christmas shopping for adults and children, gift baskets, emergency clothing needs, scheduled on-site reading coach affiliated with adult literacy (PAL), life skills workshops for women, and Kids at the Table, targeting various needs, both nutritional and other, of school-age children.
Wells County Food Bank
1254 S Main St., Bluffton - Indiana, 46714. Dial (260) 827-0053
Community Food Bank - Jasper
Main address 1404 S Meridian Rd, Jasper, Indiana, 47546. Phone (812) 482-9009
Referrals to charities, government aid and support is available.
Pantry is located at 1416 E Epler Ave, Indianapolis, IN, 46227. Call (317) 782-3321
Mt Pleasant Christian Church Bread of Life Food Pantry
755 N Bluff Rd, Greenwood, IN, 46142. Dial (317) 889-9650
Hot meals, fruits, vegetables, baby formula, and other emergency supplies are offered to the less fortunate in Indiana.
Society of St. Vincent De Paul
3001 E 30th St, Indianapolis IN, 46218. Dial (317) 924-5769
Part of the nationwide charity organization. Volunteers will address the needs of the low income, poor, seniors, and homebound. Receive food, Meals on Wheels, and other aid, some of which is financial.
More Indiana free emergency food banks and pantries
While the food banks listed above cover most of the state, either directly or through partnerships with local non-profits and regional pantries, struggling residents can also dial (317) 396-9355 to find additional locations of food banks in Indiana near them. As there are many other hunger prevention programs and locations, and find details here in Feeding Indiana.
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