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Free food pantries, groceries or meals in Lackawanna County and Scranton.

There are a number of free food pantries, soup kitchens for hot meals, and government assistance programs in Lackawanna County. Charities, churches and non-profits provide free groceries today, drive thru food banks, personal toiletries and other goods. There are also Meals on Wheels and holiday food baskets. Find free food pantries near you and meal programs in Lackawanna County and Scranton PA.

There is help for the low income, seniors, single moms and disabled people among others. Find places to get assistance below, including at the bottom of the page is a referral phone number for more free food banks that are open today near you. Non-profits, charities as well as churches across Lackawanna County collect groceries and then provide the items to the less fortunate from the local food banks.

Volunteers from across the community work at many of these charitable organizations and provide assistance to low income families across Scranton as well as the county. There is also free Meals on wheels home delivery programs as well as applications to SNAP food stamps or EBT. The goal is to feed the hungry, with requests for free food coming from senior citizens, the disabled, veterans, and others.

When applying for help, note that the hours are limited and many of the food banks require an appointment. They try to help, but unfortunately due to limited resources there may not be assistance available in all cases. When possible, clients can be given groceries, fruits, meat, dairy items, and even special Christmas or Thanksgiving meals. Other charities have free personal toiletries or cleaning supplies. There are centers that focus on babies and new moms, and those may have formula and free diapers for new low income mom. All of this will be in addition to the food.

Where to get free food in Scranton PA community and Lackawanna County

Edward R Leahy Center - Family Center University of Scranton
Address is 230 Kessler Court, Scranton, Pennsylvania 18510-4699. Call 570-941-6112
Students collect surplus groceries, dairy, and restaurant quality meals. The goods are provided to very low income and homeless families.




Moosic Assembly of God Church
477 Third Street, Moosic, Pennsylvania 18507. Main phone - 570-457-4663
In a crisis, non-perishable, fresh meals, and/or frozen foods are offered. The charity only covers Avoca,  Moosic, Old Forge, Taylor, and the town of Duryea.

Friends of the Poor - South Side Valley View Terrace
Scranton, PA, 18505. Call 570-348-3119
Another site is at Kennedy St and Kelly Ave in Bangor Heights. Call 570-348-4428. There are other distribution centers for free food boxes, paper products like toilet paper as well as drive thru pantries. Get perishable or canned food, meat, tuna, hamburger helper, tuna and other goods.

Salvation Army Food Pantry
500 S Washington Ave, Scranton, PA 18505. Call (570) 969-6399
An appointment is needed. Services range from a pantry to Christmas meals or gifts, applications to SNAP food stamps, and even financial aid in a crisis. There are free Thanksgiving turkey dinner meals, Christmas food baskets, and even financial help. There is also a soup kitchen. More on Salvation Army Lackawanna County food assistance.

United Community Outreach
3364 Scranton Carbondale Highway, Blakely, PA 18447. For hours, dial 570-489-4961

Keystone Rescue Mission Alliance Inc.
Soup kitchen and pantry is at 8 W Olive St, Scranton, Pennsylvania 18508. Phone - 570-871-4795
They feed the homeless, poor, and immigrants. Free hot meals (breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner) are for the low income, including during the holidays.

Catherine McAuley Center
Address is 430 Pittston Ave, Scranton, PA 18505. Phone: (570) 342-1342
A food bank is on site. Pasta, spaghetti, cereal, box meats, tuna, and other goods are offered.

SVDP of Lackawanna County
They have churches and volunteers that feed the hungry, poor, elderly, and vulnerable. There is a free food pantry as well as thrift store. Get fruits, canned meats, and fruit juices, Dried macaroni, baby formula and more goods. Continue with Society of Saint Vincent de Paul assistance Lackawanna County.





Mainstream Revival Center
43 N. Church Street, Carbondale, Pennsylvania 18407. Call 570-282-0819
Local families can use this food bank on Wednesdays.

Bread Basket Of Nepa - St. Michael's Church
Address : 550 Madison Ave, Scranton, PA 18510. Phone: (570) 343-2324

Safety Net
Main address - 550 Madison Avenue, Scranton, PA 18510. Call 570-347-4730
A leading social service agency in Lackawanna County. There is vouchers for clothing, food, and grants for rent or energy bills. They also refer clients to benefits such as WIC vouchers or SNAP.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish
A free food bank is at 1101 Willow St, Peckville, PA 18452. Call (570) 383-3244

Embury United Methodist Church
942 S Main Ave, Scranton, PA 18504. Phone: (570) 346-3191

First Congregational United Church of Christ
Location is 130 Union St, Taylor, PA 18517. For hours, call (570) 909-5434

Saint Ann's Food Pantry
A free Food Distribution Center is at 1239 St ann's street, Scranton, PA 18504. Main Phone: (570) 347-5691
Based on donations, get items such as free Boxed or Canned Soups, baby formula, Canned tuna or salmon, rice, pasta and surplus commodities, such as cheese and more. They also deliver food to the disabled, seniors citizens and elderly in Scranton PA.

St Catherine's Church Bread Basket - North Pocono Food Pantry
Location is 220 Church St, Moscow, PA 18444. Call (570) 842-7043

St. Joseph's Center - Baby Pantry
320 S Blakely St, Dunmore, PA 18512. Main phone - 570-963-1261
Baby formula, diapers, baby supplies and furniture and more is provided.

Lackawanna County Assistance Office
100 Lackwanna Avenue, Scranton, PA, 18503-1972. Dial 877-431-1887
Applications are for government programs, including Nutrition Assistance. This will provide an EBT card as part of food stamps. Other financial aid includes SSI applications, low income housing, and other state and federal benefits. Or learn about USDA benefits, housing, and more.





United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania
Address is 425 Alder Street, Scranton, PA, 18505. Main phone - 570-346-0759

Bread Basket of NEPA
Location - 550 Madison Ave., Scranton, PA 18510. Dial 570-343-2324 for information.
The pantry is available on time per month. There are also meals in Lackawanna County, including at holidays. Another site is at 76 Salem Ave., which is Vandling First Presbyterian Church in Carbondale. Free holiday meals, personal hygiene supplies, cleaning goods and other items from the emergency food pantry.  Get items like soap, detergent, Muffin Mixs, Canned Chicken / Meat, Diced tomatoes, infant formula and more food.

North Scranton - Bread Basket
Address is Our Father's House Church at 1820 Church Avenue
1820 Church Ave, Scranton, PA 18508. Call (570) 346-1961
There may be free food for working poor residents of South and Center City in Scranton.

Angel's Attic - UNC
410 Olive Street, Scranton, PA, 18509. Main phone - 570-343-8835
Donations from Lackawanna County allow the non-profit to help. There is food, clothing, hygiene, Thanksgiving meals, and more. Vulnerable seniors can sign up for meals on wheels.

Address is 135 Franklin Avenue, Scranton, Pennsylvania, 18503. Phone: 570-963-4671
Emergency food, hot meals, and holiday help is only for migrant and seasonal farmworkers. Lackawanna County migrant workers can get cereal, pasta, bread, milk or dairy products and other items from the free food bank.

Big Friends Little Friends -  Weinberg Food Bank
638 Hemlock Street
Scranton, Pennsylvania, 18509

St. Paul's/ St. Clare's Parish
2235 North Washington Ave.
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Phone number is 961-1549
A free food pantry is on site. There may be Canned Fruits, Meat, Canned Chicken, holiday meals, paper goods and even hygiene supplies.

St. Francis Commons Food pantry
Address: 504 Penn Avenue
Scranton, PA
Phone number is 570-342-5556
The charity may have hygiene items (such as soap or cleaning supplies) as well as food and Toiletries.

New Life Assembly of God
415 Hickory Street
Scranton, PA
Appointments are needed. Call 570-489-8321.

Catholic Social Services - Carbondale
80 Terrace Street
Carbondale, Pennsylvania
Call 570-282-0460
Food and basic needs are for low income as well as underemployed Lackawanna County resident. Seniors can request home delivery, and staff also provide case management services. There may be school supplies too. Or the homebound and elderly can apply for free Meals on Wheels, including for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Another church is at 638 Hemlock Street. Call 570-207-2283.







Green Ridge Assembly of God
Mailing address - 825 Green Ridge Street
Scranton, PA
Both fresh and frozen groceries may be provided to clients. There may also be household items, such as paper products, winter attire, boots for children, and more.

Additional food assistance programs in Lackawanna County

For additional assistance, or referrals, call 570.908.2222 or 570.826.0510. There are other food pantries as well as soup kitchens across Lackawanna County that are near you as well as Feeding America resources in Lackawanna County. Or learn about USDA programs such as SNAP food stamps, breakfast or lunches for students, and other resources.


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