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Food banks and pantries in Jefferson County Missouri.

Families that are facing hunger in Jefferson County Missouri can turn to a local pantry. There are over 10 locations in the community that can offer help in the form of a free hot meal and/or a box of groceries. While the pantries do help families that are facing an emergency, if the client needs long term support they can be referred to USDA programs such as WIC or SNAP food stamps.

The food pantries in Jefferson County do focus on providing groceries to thousands of low income families each year. There may be soups, canned meats or fruits, dairy, infant formula, and more. In addition, some of them offer clients other goods. But there will never be a guarantee as to what a family or individual may be given; it always depends on what is donated.

In addition to the free food, when available there can be personal hygiene items, clothing, and some pantries operates services such as Meals on Wheels. No matter the need, one of these pantries may be able to help.

Hillsboro Food Pantry
Location is 10399 Business 21
Hillsboro, Missouri, 63050
Main phone - 636-789-5920
The location is open 10:30 a.m - 1 p.m. Thursdays.

Peace Pantry
Address is 6672 Veterans Drive
Cedar Hill, Missouri, 63016
The hours of this charity are 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and it is also open 9 a.m. - noon Thursdays. Perishable food such as fruits and dairy may be available along with canned supplies.

DeSoto Food Pantry
705 East Stone
DeSoto, Missouri, 63020
Main Phone: 636-586-7300
The hours are limited. It is only open 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. On the second Saturday of the month.





Living Faith Church
Location of distribution is 2170 Buck Creek Road
Festus, Missouri, 63028
Phone: 636-937-4999
The second Thursday of the month it is open from 9 a.m. - noon during the winter and 7 a.m. - 10 a.m. During the summer.
Seasonal services include free Thanksgiving and Christmas meals as well as snacks for students during the summer months. The church relies on parish volunteers and donations in Jefferson County.

Radiant Life
Main address - 11533 Gamel Cemetary Rd
Festus, Missouri, 63028
Main phone - 636-937-0800
This center only helps during an emergency.

Emmanuel Baptist
13270 State Road CC
DeSoto, Missouri, 63020
Phone: 636-586-6300
Whether is it a holiday meal, free clothes such as winter coats, or a small toy for a kid, services are available.

Sister Christine’s
Address is 6020 Old Antonia
Imperial, Missouri, 63052
Dial 636-464-7580




Salvation Army – Arnold and Jefferson County
Location - 3740 Telegraph
Arnold, Missouri, 63010
Phone: 636-464-0787
A leading social service agency. Everything from a food pantry to thrift store, free Christmas meals and gifts, and financial aid is available. Case managers also help with employment, applications to food stamps, a clothing closet, and offer other public aid.

Arnold Food Pantry
2024 Key West
Arnold, Missouri, 63010
Main phone - 636-287-3663

Feed My People High Ridge
3295 Ottomeyer
High Ridge, Missouri, 63049
Dial the charity at 636-677-9885
The goal is hunger prevention in Jefferson County. Both perishable and canned food, hot meals for the homeless, and delivery service for senior citizens is available.

High Ridge Food Pantry
Address is 3009 High Ridge Road
High Ridge, Missouri, 63049
Phone: 636-677-4868
This non-profit is open most days, including 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Ozark Food Pantry
1 Sunset Park Drive
Festus, Missouri, 63028
Phone: 636-933-9974
The charity is open 8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. On Saturdays.

For more information, or referrals, dial (314) 292-6262. Callers can learn about everything from soup kitchens to food pantries that can help them. Or if there income is low enough, and they need long term support, there are also applications sites in Jefferson County for SNAP food stamps and other aid.



By Jon McNamara

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