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Kentucky free food pantries, soup kitchens and emergency food banks.

Get assistance from free food banks, distribution centers, non-profits and regional pantries in Kentucky. These centers listed below help the tens of thousands of people and families across the state who are struggling to feed their families. There are free groceries, applications to benefit programs such as SNAP food stamps and other resources offered. These non-profit food banks, including Feeding America and charities pantries that are near you are a great place to turn to for help or referrals in difficult times.

Hundreds of non-profit food banks and pantries are located across Kentucky. They also work closely with other agencies, such as the Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, Feeding American and churches in order to extend their reach to all to all towns and communicates across Kentucky. Everything from fresh perishable items, canned goods, infant formula, and surplus government commodities may be offered. Other pantries and soup kitchens may have free holiday meals, clothing, operate Meals on Wheels, or give out free basic needs. Also, find a toll free referral number at the bottom of this page for the locations of other pantries in Kentucky.

In addition, it is important to note that the low income, elderly, disabled and others have access to other assistance programs in their county. The food banks can be a great place to learn about them as the staff tend to be knowledgeable about social services as well as hunger prevention programs. Never hesitate to ask a Kentucky food distribution center for referrals or assistance in an effort to find information on other services.

Find additional local Kentucky free food banks

In addition to the locations on this page as you scroll down, there are other centers that focus on helping the low income, needy, children and seniors. Locate food pantries and banks that are near you. The locations are based in the major cities and towns, and that serve the needy in those areas.

Regional food and grocery distribution centers in Kentucky

Tri-State Food Bank, Inc. is a Feeding America affiliate. Address is 2504 Lynch Road, Evansville, IN 47711, but is covers several parts of Kentucky. Call 812.425.0775. The non-profit can help families in several counties in Kentucky. Free boxes of emergency food, canned goods, referrals, and other aid is available. They also have mobile food pantries, USDA commodities, Meals on Wheels, and other support.




There is also Kids Cafe & Afterschool Snack Program. The counties supported include Crittenden, Daviess, Henderson, Hopkins, Livingston , Mc Lean, Union, as well as Webster County.

Feeding America, Kentucky's Heartland works with food pantries, churches, non-profits, the United Way and other groups. The goal is to help feed the low-income, elderly, disabled, single moms and others. Get free food or meals. Or access case management as part of SNAP Outreach Program. They also help families shop for groceries (teach about unit pricing) and have healthy cooking and wellness workshops.

The Hearland Center is based at 313 Peterson Dr., Elizabethtown, KY 42701. Residents or anyone in need can dial 270.769.6997. Over 40 counties are supported by the Feeding America food bank. They include Adair, Allen, Ballard, Barren, Breckinridge, Butler, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Casey, Christian, Clinton, Cumberland, Edmonson, Fulton, Graves, Grayson, Green, Hancock, Hardin, Hart, Hickman, Larue, Logan, Lyon, Marion, Marsh, all, McCracken, Meade, Metcalfe, Monroe, Muhlenberg, Nelson, Ohio, Russell, Simpson, Taylor, Todd, Trigg, Warren, Washington, and Wayne County KY

  • An affiliate is at Purchase Area Development District Food Bank, 1002 Medical Drive, Mayfield, KY 42066. Call 270.247.7171.

God's Pantry Food Bank, Inc. can give referrals to emergency and long term food programs, including SNAP food stamps or WIC vouchers for baby formula. They also help struggling residents access, and find, free food pantries or soup kitchens near them for immediate support. Other programs include Summer Feeding Program, The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), Senior Brown Bag and others.

The free food bank / Gods Pantry is at 1685 Jaggie Fox Way, Lexington, KY 40511. Dial 859.255.6592 for information or referrals. The service area is the counties of Anderson, Bath, Bell, Bourbon, Boyle, Breathitt, Carter, Clark, Clay, Elliott, Estill, Fayette, Fleming, Floyd, Franklin, Garrard, Harlan, Harrison, Jackson, Jessamine,, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Lincoln, Madison, Magoffin, Martin, McCreary, Menifee, Mercer, Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Powell, Pulaski, Robertson, Rockcastle, Rowan, Scott, Whitley, Wolfe, and also Woodford.

Dare to Care Food Bank is based at 5803 Fern Valley Road, Louisville, Kentucky 40228. Call 502.966.3821. Free food, groceries, hygiene supplies and other support is offered. They also offer USDA commodities, referrals to Meals on Wheels home delivery, as well as culinary training programs. Whether a child, or seniors, free food and  other public benefits are offered. There is help for people in the counties of Bullitt, Carroll, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, and Trimble KY.

Freestore Foodbank helps families and individuals in Kentucky. There are a number of free food assistance programs. They include, but are not limited too, fresh perishable items as well as canned groceries. Or get help from SNAP food stamps or apply for an EBT card. There is also the Benefits Assistance program, Mobile Pantry, as well as the Senior Box Program (CSFP).

There are a number of counties supported in KY. The main Freestore office is at 1141 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45202. Call 513.482.4500. In addition to a box of food, the non-profit can help senior citizens, children, and the disabled. Also inquire into government resources such as Commodity Supplemental Food Program or SNAP food stamps. Get help in Boone County, Bracken, Campbell, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Mason, Owen, or Pendleton Kentucky.

Facing Hunger Foodbank provides assistance in Martin County. Call them for referrals. Locate a charity, church, or non-profit food bank. Or the homebound can apply for Meals on Wheels. Other public aid is offered too. The address is 1327 Seventh Avenue, Huntington, WV 25701, or dial 304.523.6029.





Jackson County Food Bank Inc.
230 Mccammon Ridge Rd
Mc Kee - Kentucky, 40447
Phone - (606) 287-8336
Works with other charities and pantries in the county in order to help the less fortunate.

Christian Food Bank Of Hopkins County
Address: 241 W Center St
Madisonville - KY, 42431
(270) 825-8296
Boxes of groceries, baby formula, fruits, frozen foods and more may be provided to those that qualify. The programs and assistance is usually offered at no cost.

Outreach for Jesus
3208 N. Highway 27
Somerset - Kentucky, 42503
Call for hours 606-451-0807

Portland's Food Pantry
3713 W Market St.
Louisville - KY, 40212
Dial for food - (502) 778-3641
Provides assistance to Jefferson County. May also have information on public aid such as SNAP food stamps or WIC.

Hand in Hand Ministries
Address of pantry - 3729 Bardstown Road
Louisville - KY, 40218
(502) 459-9930

Interfaith Hospitality Network of Northern Kentucky - Family Promise
336 W 9th St
Newport, KY 41071
Call (859) 360-0905
The location partners with churches and local non-profit pantries. Bags of groceries, meats, canned items, fruits, and more is available. May have special Thanksgiving and Christmas meals or gift baskets.

Williamstown Baptist Church
Main address - 214 N. Main Street
Williamstown, KY 41097
Telephone number (859) 824-4102
Hot meals, a blanket, snacks, and more are available at the charity.





Senior Services Of Northern Kentucky - Falmouth Senior Center
Location of the center is 1111 Chipman Street
Falmouth, Kentucky 41040
(859) 654-602
Most of the free food, groceries, and meals are focused on the elderly and senior citizens. Some home delivered meals may be provided too.

God's Outreach Madison County Food Bank - ALMS Outreach
1512 E Main St
Richmond, KY 40475
(859) 623-2220

Berea Community Food Bank
206 Chestnut St.
Berea - KY, 40403
Dial (859) 985-1903 for intake.

Methodist Ministries Food Pantry
330 W Hiseville Main Street
Hiseville - KY, 42152
Main number is 270-453-2521
Fruits, vegetables, peanut butter, paper products, and other items may be provided to the unemployed and struggling in Kentucky.

Serving the Hiseville - Center - LeGrande areas  - Community Outreach
641 Celina Rd
Tompkinsville, KY 42167
Call 270-487-6883
This non-profit organization, provides a food pantry, homeless shelter and used thrift store.

Neighborhood House
Location - 201 N. 25th St.
Louisville, KY 40212
Dial (502)774-2322
Emergency boxes of food for the low income, unemployed, and others.

Other Kentucky local food banks near you

Kentucky residents who need help, or to find a food bank that may be closer to you, can dial 270.769.6997. There are dozens of other local pantries, free emergency soup kitchens for meals, and government food assistance programs as well. They all battle hunger in the state. Families can get a listing of additional food pantries and distribution centers.


By Jon McNamara

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