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Lackawanna County free food pantries.

There are a number of free food pantries, soup kitchens for hot meals, and government assistance programs in Lackawanna County that all focus on feeding the low income, poor, and hungry. Find places to get help below, including at the bottom of the page is a referral phone number for more free food banks 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. 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. There are centers that focus on babies and new moms, and those may have formula and diapers. Other charities have clothing closets or thrift stores on site, and those locations may offer everything from school supplies to free winter coats. All of this will be in addition to the food.

Family Center University of Scranton
Address is 239 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 - Valley View Terrace
Scranton, PA, 18505
Another site is at Kennedy St and Kelly Ave in Bangor Heights. Call 570-348-4428.

Salvation Army Food Pantry
Scranton, PA, 18505
Telephone: 570-344-9878
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.

St. Michael's Church
Address : 316 First Ave.
Jessup, PA
Main phone - 343-2324

Safety Net
Main address - 550 Madison Avenue
Scranton, PA 18510
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.

St. Joseph's Center - Baby Pantry
2010 Adams Avenue
Scranton, PA, 18509
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

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.

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.

Bread Basket of NEPA
Location - 550 Madison Ave.
Scranton, PA
Dial 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. Call 343-2324

St. Thomas Aquinas/Christ the King Parish
Archbald 411 Church Street
Archbald, Pennsylvania
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.

Elm Park Methodist Church
710 Linden St.
There may be free food for working poor residents of South and Center City in Scranton.

North Scranton - Bread Basket
Address is Our Father's House Church at 1820 Church Avenue
North Scranton, PA 18508
Dial the pantry at 343-2324

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.





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. Or learn about USDA programs such as SNAP food stamps, breakfast or lunches for students, and other resources.


By Jon McNamara

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