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Kanawha County free food pantries.

Kanawha County pantries are involved in offering a number of food and basic need type programs to low income families. The services from a local center generally range from free groceries to clothing, applications to SNAP food stamps, and holiday meals/gifts.

Thousands of Charleston residents face hunger each month and they turn to one or more of the food banks below. The staff will try to do their best to satisfy the request from the non-profit and may offer both short term help (such as emergency box of groceries) as well as long term support, including applications to WIC, SNAP food stamps, and more.

Based on donation levels from the greater Kanawha County area, the assistance may range from fresh fruits, canned goods, baby formula, and more. Specialty services across the community can also assist, and examples are Meals on Wheels for the elderly or free Christmas gifts or holiday meals for families in poverty.

Church of the Nazarene
Campbell's Creek 733 Big Coal Fork Drive
Charleston, West Virginia 25306
Phone - (304) 925-4373
The charity only supports residents in the area of Campbell's or George's Creek, Rutledge Road, Paint Drive, Malden, Piedmont Road, and Snow Hill.

Rand Food Pantry
305 Davidson Ave.
Phone - (304) 925-8078

Nitro Community Center
Nitro, WV 25143
(304) 881-2015
A pantry is on site that may have canned and fresh food for the working poor or underemployed.




Covenant House
Address - 600 Shrewsbury Street
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone - (304) 344-8053
Several emergency programs are operated, including a food pantry in Kanawha County. The goal is to give healthy items, including USDA commodities. There may be frozen goods, canned foods, Christmas meals, personal hygiene products, gently used clothing, and cleaning supplies. The non-profit also may offer financial aid, intake for state of West Virginia food stamps, Christmas toys for children, and much more.

Davis Creek Nazarene Church
Address: 102 Nazarene Drive
South Charleston, West Virginia 25309
(304) 744-0863
The food bank is known as Bread of Life Ministries. Hot meals, baby formula, delivery services for the disabled and elderly is all offered.

Dunbar-Institute Samaritan Center
Address - 223 1/2 16th Street
Dunbar, WV 25064
Phone - (304) 768-3828

Belle Ministerial Association
Address: 320 East 8th Street
Belle, WV 25015
Call (304) 949-3126
The charity helps working poor families in Belle area from Dupont Middle School to Quincy. There is also Christmas meals and presents, boxes of groceries, paper products, and other social services.





First Presbyterian Church
201 Kanawha Terrace
Saint Albans, WV 25177
For hours, dial (304) 932-9406
The St. Albans Ministerial Association food pantry is only for people that live in St Albans area.

Canaan United Methodist Church
Address - 731 Bigley Ave
Charleston, West Virginia 25302
(304) 342-6553
Anyone that needs a free box of food or meal is served. Age, race, and religion do not matter.
Another location is at 401 Roane Street in Charleston.

Union Mission - Family Services
700 South Park Road
Charleston, West Virginia 25304
(304) 925-0366
The programs include an emergency food pantry and clothing closet. The non-profit may also have gently used furniture, baby supplies or diapers, household items, and counseling.

St. Peter's United Methodist Church
(304) 727-7531
Families in St. Albans of Kanawha County can apply for energy bill help or free food or groceries. There may be meats, rice, peanut butter, and other goods.

McKinnon Presbyterian Church
4278 Washington St. W
Charleston, West Virginia 25302
Phone number - (304) 343-3043
Low cost food is sold to the public.

Heart and Hand House
4963 MacCorkle Ave. SW
South Charleston, WV 25309
Telephone: (304) 744-6741
Everything from school supplies as well as backpacks for children are available along with food. Volunteers also deliver meals to seniors, or help families apply for SNAP food stamps.

Good Shepherd Mission
122 Church St
East Bank, WV 25067

EnAct - Chesapeake City Hall
Address: 12404 MacCorkle Avenue
Charleston, WV 25315
Call (304) 949-6077
Serves the Upper Kanawha Valley. Vouchers for medications, information on WIC, free boxes of food, Thanksgiving meals, and Christmas help is provided. They also offer short term financial aid for paying bills and living expenses.







Common Grounds
6600 McCorkle Ave SE
Charleston, West Virginia 25304
Main number is (304) 720-9690

Asbury United Methodist Church
Address: 501 Elizabeth Street
Charleston, West Virginia 25311
(304) 345-6934
Discount food is offered. Some very low income families or those in a crisis may be given free groceries or a hot meal.

For more locations of pantries, or information on government aid ranging from free school lunches to summer meals for students or Commodity Supplemental Food, dial 540.342.3011.


By Jon McNamara














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