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Free food pantries, groceries and meals Kootenai County.

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. Find where to get free groceries from a food bank near you, hot meals, personal hygiene items and more below. There is also a phone number at the bottom of the page for more resources.

For those families that qualify for assistance in the form of free food or household supplies, what may be provided is below. Many of the free pantries are open daily - even today. There are also free holiday meals and food baskets in Kootenai County, such as at Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas.

  • 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.

Where to get free food in Coeur D Alene and the Kootenai County area

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.

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 There may be free groceries, personal hygiene supplies, cereal, dairy and other goods..

St. Pius Social Services
625 E Haycraft Ave, Coeur D Alene, ID, 83815. Call 208-765-5108
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

Idaho Department of Health & Welfare
1720 N Westgate Dr STE A, Boise, ID 83704. Call (800) 926-2588
They help the low income, elderly, disabled and unemployed in Kootenai County. There are SNAP food stamps applications, surplus commodities such as USDA goods for seniors or kids, WIC vouchers and more. Continue with USDA food commodity programs.





Canvas Community Outreach
Location is, but call for hours first. 2200 N 7th St, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814. Call (208) 667-5481
There is a Summer Feeding Program, Canned Beans, Peanut Butter and Jelly, bread, as well as fresh fruit and vegetables. The low-income, working poor and elderly can get help.

Seventh-day Adventist (SDA)
1804 N 4th St, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814. Call (208) 664-5473
Get free can or shelf stable groceries. There may be personal items and hygiene supplies too, including laundry detergent, hand sanitizer and other items. There are free holiday food boxes too.

Post Falls Food Bank
The free pantry and soup kitchen is at 415 E 3rd Ave, Post Falls, ID 83854. Dial (208) 773-0139

Spirit Lake Food Bank
32154 N 4th Ave, Spirit Lake, ID 83869. Call (208) 623-3107
Get free items such as dried beans, canned meat and fruit. There may be spaghetti and sauce, free baby formula in Kootenai County and Coeur d'Alene, as well as other help. A major focus is on the low-income, working poor and single parents.

Lake City Market
6000 N Ramsey Rd, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815. Call (208) 676-0632
Whether fresh food or perishable items, items are offered.

Healthy Connections - Self-Reliance Program-Coeur d'Alene
1120 Ironwood Dr, Coeur D Alene, ID 83814. Call (208) 666-6766
Applications are processed for public benefits. They include food stamps, school lunches for children, and surplus USDA commodities. There are also workshops on eating and cooking healthy, culinary training serices and more.

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.

Lutheran Church of the Master (also known as Our Daily Bread)
4800N Ramsey RD, Couer D'Alene ID 83854
There is a Free Hot Meal Every Sunday 12:30-1:30pm

Find more food assistance programs in Kootenai County

For more information on free pantries near you, government aid or places for hot meals, a regional food bank alliance for Kootenai County can be reached at 509.534.6678 or 208-623-3107. The staff will refer seniors to Meals on Wheels programs, children to snack and meal sites for the summer or holiday breaks, and they also have information on government support such as SNAP food stamps.

By Jon McNamara














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