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Free food pantries and groceries Lansing and Ingham County.

Get information on Lansing Michigan and Ingham County free food banks, soup kitchens (for meals) and pantries near you. There are non-profits that administer a number of assistance programs for low income, unemployed, seniors, and people who are facing an emergency. Not only do they provide free or low cost food, meals, and groceries daily, but many centers also distribute clothing as well as other free items such as diapers, personal toiletries and baby formula. Or a center can have household items, special meals for Christmas or Thanksgiving and much more. Find a referral number at the bottom of the page for more food pantry locations in Ingham County as well.

Programs offered by the food banks can help people who are facing a crisis or hardship feed themselves and/or their families, and they are a great resource for individuals to contact when they are faced with a difficulty. Depending on the pantry in the Ingham County area, you may also be able to get help with rent, bills, and other basic needs. Or get SNAP food stamps or Meals on Wheels, all in addition to food that is provided.

Dansville Clothing And Food Bank
Address - 1361 East Mason Street
Dansville, Michigan 48819
Dial the food bank at (517) 623-0392.
Residents can get clothing for work or school as well as free or low cost emergency food boxes, meals, and groceries.

Haven House
121 Whitehills Drive
East Lansing, Michigan 48826
Telephone number - (517) 337-2731
Hot meals and free food for clients.

Society Of Saint Vincent Depaul, Saint John's Student Parish
Address - 327 Mac
East Lansing, Michigan 48823
Dial (517) 337-9778
Runs a number of social service programs and assistance programs for the low income and disadvantaged. Apply for, among other services, free food, housing and rent assistance, and learn about government programs such as food stamps.




City Of Lansing - Office Of The Mayor
Main office 124 West Michigan 9th Floor
Lansing, MI 48933
Dial for intake (517) 483-4477
They can direct individuals to charities, non-profits, and food banks in Ingham County Michigan. Staff can also direct clients to federal government programs such as SNAP food stamps.

First Presbyterian Church
510 West Ottawa Street
Lansing, Michigan 48933
(517) 482-0668
The church has a free food pantry. Groceries, household goods, paper products, produce, and more may be given out to the needy.

Church Of The Resurrection - Society Of Saint Vincent De Paul
Food banks and soup kitchen address is 161 East Grand River Avenue
Lansing, MI 48906
Call (517) 371-4380

Christ Temple Church
Main address is 1033 Lenore Ave
Lansing, Michigan 48910
Phone: (517) 484-0578
The volunteer run church pantry provides food, clothing and personal needs to low income individuals. There are also Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas meals, toys and parties. Canned meat, peanut butter and jelly, dairy, milk, and more may be offered to the unemployed, working poor, and immigrants among others.

Salvation Army Social Services and food programs
A leading national and local charity. A free emergency food pantry has canned and perishable foods. There are also hot meals from a soup kitchen, Thanksgiving turkeys or Christmas food, clothes, and summer snacks for students out of school. More on Ingham County Salvation Army assistance programs.

Cristo Rey Community Center
1717 North High Street
Lansing, MI 48906
Phone (517) 372-4700 for an appointment.
Clients, including single mothers in Ingham County, can get free food for families and individuals. There are groceries,  personal needs like soap or detergent, infant formula and diapers.





Saint Therese
Location - 102 West Randolph Street
Lansing, MI 48906
Dial (517) 482-0765

Saint Gerard SVDP
4437 West Willow Highway
Lansing, MI 48917
Call (517) 853-8132
Low income assistance programs include Meals on Wheels, counseling, sack lunches or breakfast, and more. The pantry also has free personal hygiene supplies, infant formula, and other goods.

Eastside Community Action Agency
1001 Dakin Street
Lansing, MI 48912
Telephone - (517) 853-0414
Learn how to become self-sufficient over the long term. Short term help provided can include food, meals, and money for bills.

Faith Fellowship Baptist Church
Address of church is 1001 Dakin Street
Lansing, Michigan 48912
Phone number - (517) 853-9897

Ingham County Food Bank
5303 South Cedar
Lansing, Michigan 48911
Telephone number of food bank is (517) 887-4357

Leslie Outreach
Address - 614 Mill Street
Leslie, MI 49251
Call (517) 589-5814

Capital Area Community Services -- Rural Ingham Service Center
Main address - 218 East Maple Street
Mason, MI 48854
Primary phone number - (517) 676-1065
Some services offered are food pantry and thrift store. Also get information on and apply for both federal public aid and state of Michigan financial and food assistance programs. Senior clients can also get referrals to Meals on Wheels. This is the local community action agency with USDA commodity programs, government grants, and other support. More on food assistance from Capital Area Community Services.

Stockbridge Community Outreach
680 Cherry Street
Stockbridge, MI 49285
Dial (517) 851-7285 for hours

Webberville Food Bank
Location is 119 West Grand River
Webberville, Michigan 48892
Phone number of pantry - (517) 521-3984
Emergency boxes of food with rice, meats, and non-perishable items are passed out by volunteers. The charity may also have special Thanksgiving and Christmas food boxes for the low income.

Greater Lansing Food Bank
Address: 2116 Mint Road
Lansing, MI
For hours, call (517) 853-7800
The regional non-profit can provide referrals to free food pantries in Ingham County Michigan. They also have details on goods such as paper products or hygiene items.





Our Savior Lutheran Church
1515 West Holmes Road
Lansing, Michigan
Telephone - (517) 882-7750
A soup kitchen is also feeding the working poor. Fresh fruits and canned goods are also available.

Holt Community Pantry
2021 Aurelius Road
Holt, MI
Main phone - (517) 694-9307

Williamston Food Bank
Address of food bank is 439 East Church Street
Williamston, Michigan 48895
Call (517) 655-3562 for hours of food distribution and more details on meals and other resources that are being offered to Ingham families.

Additional free food assistance programs in Ingham County

For more information or locations of free food pantries or government benefits near you, call 517-853-7800. There are many other programs available, ranging from free school lunch applications to Meals on Wheels for seniors and the disabled or produce and surplus commodities. The county and regional agencies help the less fortunate.


By Jon McNamara

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