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Kootenai County food pantries.

In an emergency, free food is available from pantries across Kootenai County as well as the largest city of Coeur d'Alene. Charities will require proof of residency, income, and number of people in the household. For those families that qualify for assistance in the form of free food or household supplies, what may be provided is below.

-Standard grocery items may be passed out, such ab peanut Butter, canned fruits and vegetables, pasta, and more.
-Low income or single parents with babies or infants may receive free formula.
-Senior citizens and the disabled in Kootenai County can receive a home delivered meal, including at the holidays.
-Non-food items such as clothes, school supplies, cleaning supplies, and more.

Those are just some examples of what a charity run food bank may have. But of course families, including the homeless, can turn to a local soup kitchen. Many of those are at churches. They may have personal hygiene items, blankets, Thanksgiving meals, and other emergency support.

Rathdrum local resident food pantry and clothing closet
Address is 8027 W Main
Rathdrum, Idaho 83858
Dial 208-687-3696
Many programs are run. There is emergency food, meals, and groceries. Other support ranges from clothes to winter coats and blankets. A thrift store is also on site that may have birthday or Christmas gifts for sale at a low price.

Community Action Partnerships - CAP - Coeur d'Alene
Mailing address is 4144 W Industrial Loop
Coeur D Alene, ID 83815
Dial 208-664-8757
A regional, poverty fighting agency. There is everything from an emergency box of groceries to applications for SNAP food stamps for low income Kootenai County residents. Other support is for heating bills, housing, telephone services and more. However one focus is always on preventing hunger, especially for children.




Calvary Chapel
Address is 15095 N McCartney St
Rathdrum, ID, 83858
Dial 208-687-4341
A soup kitchen and free food pantry are run by the church. Fruits, vegetables, and more is for the working poor or unemployed.

St. Pius Social Services
625 E Haycraft Ave
Coeur D Alene, ID, 83815
Food, financial help for bills, and funds for auto repairs may all be provided. The low income can also learn about places for baby formula or diapers for new mothers. A soup kitchen is on site too.

First Presbyterian Church
Location is 521 E Lakeside Ave
Coeur D Alene, Idaho 83814
Call 208-667-8446

Self-Reliance Program-Coeur d'Alene
1120 Ironwood Dr
Coeur D Alene, ID 83814
Applications are processed for public benefits. They include food stamps, school lunches for children, and surplus USDA commodities.

St. Thomas Church - Parish Center
Address is 406 N 10th St.
Coeur D Alene, ID, 83814
Main phone - 208-664-4327
Free food boxes with contents for a few days and meals are available.





Cherished Ones Ministries
401 N 2nd St.
Coeur D Alene, ID, 83814
Dial 208-704-0908
Free hot meals are served on Saturdays for Kootenai County residents.

Fresh Start
1524 E Sherman Ave
Coeur D Alene, Idaho 83814
Main phone - 208-667-9798
The non-profit helps the homeless in the region. There may also be some clothing items.

Salvation Army
1765 W Golf Course Rd
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815
Main phone - (208) 667-1865
Resources range from a food pantry to clothing and school supplies sold at the Thrift store. There are also Christmas meals, case management, and assistance for the under employed in Kootenai County.

For more information on pantries, a regional food bank alliance for Kootenai County can be reached at 208-623-3107. The staff will refer seniors to Meals on Wheels programs, children to snack and meal sites, and they also have information on government support.




By Jon McNamara

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