Gary Indiana food banks and pantries in Lake County.

A number of pantries, food banks, and churches, in Lake County and Gary Indiana may be able to provide free groceries, food, and other forms of non-financial aid to individuals and families who need help. They can be contacted if you are faced with an emergency, or just if you need assistance from a hardship you may be facing. A comprehensive listing of the Lake County food distribution locations are below.

The best approach is to call a location first, as many have limited hours, and they may have conditions that need to be met by the person seeking help. For example, there may be income criteria, age limits or other requirements. In addition, many food pantries in Lake County may also be able to provide clothing, access to a thrift store, or help in apply for both federal and state of Indiana government assistance programs.

Cedar Lake United Methodist Church
Address of church - 7124 West 137th Place
Cedar Lake, Indiana 46303
Phone number - (219) 374-7312

Holy Name Church
11000 West 133rd Avenue
Cedar Lake, Indiana 46303
Dial - (219) 374-7160
An emergency box of food that may have meats, dairy items, or canned goods is available from this pantry.

Crown Point Community Care Cupboard
Address: 495 South Indiana Avenue
Crown Point, Indiana 46307
Call the pantry at (219) 663-1853
The Lake County center has everything from free food to clothing and Christmas meals.

Saint Mary's Church
321 Joliet Street
Crown Point, IN 46307
Phone: (219) 663-0044





Holy Spirit Church, Winfield
Address: 7667 East 109th Avenue
Crown Point, Indiana 46307
Dial - (219) 662-7424

South Lake County Community Services
1450 East Joliet Street Suite 202
Crown Point, IN 46307
Main phone number - (219) 663-0627
In addition to the food pantry, information on a number of other assistance programs can be obtained. Learn about housing, energy, and social services. A counselor can direct you to meals, food, and some of these other options.

735 213th Street
Dyer, Indiana 46311
Phone number - (219) 865-2910
A meals on Wheels service can be arranged for the elderly.

Dyer United Methodist Church – Offers meals, free food, and guidance.
Location: 2016 Church Street
Dyer, IN 46311
Phone number - (219) 865-8947

Anointed House Of Prayer Christian Center
Address - 3816 Pulaski Street
East Chicago, Indiana 46312
Telephone: (219) 397-5320
Volunteers from this Lake County charity collect donated foods from the public and restaurants. The items are repackaged and given to low income families.

Antioch Missionary Baptist Church
Address: 3906 Alexander Avenue
East Chicago, IN 46312
(219) 398-2589




Catholic Charities Diocese Of Gary which is part of Catholic Charities East Chicago
Main office address: 3901 Fir Street
East Chicago, IN 46312
(219) 397-5803
People regardless of background may qualify for help and free food. Perishable and non-perishable items, government commodities, and financial support can all be offered to qualified low income individuals in the community. Hundreds of Lake County families receive some form of assistance, including food, every year.

  • Second Location
    812 West 144Th Street
    East Chicago, IN 46312
    Dial - (219) 398-2409
  • Click here to read more on Catholic Charities.

Food Bank Of Northwest Indiana – Has multiple locations around the community. They also partner with charities, regional food banks, and government surplus programs.

  • 4001 Alexander Avenue
    East Chicago, Indiana 46312
    Main phone number - (219) 391-8478
  • Multiple locations
    Address - 4802 Melville Avenue
    East Chicago, IN 46312
    Call this location at (219) 391-8481
  • 3550 Pennsylvania Avenue
    East Chicago, IN 46312
    (219) 391-8480
  • 3616 Elm Street
    East Chicago, IN 46312
    Call - (219) 391-8485

801 East Chicago Avenue
East Chicago, IN 46312
(219) 378-1965

United Neighborhood Organization - Martin Luther King Jr. Center
4802 Melville Avenue
East Chicago, IN 46312
(219) 391-8485
An emergency food bank is on site. There may also be personal hygiene goods and paper products. Or get applications to SNAP food stamps or summer snacks for children.

Advancing Christ's Kingdom
Location - 901 West 47Th Avenue
Gary, Indiana 46408
Phone number to dial is (219) 887-9547 for hours and more details.

All Nations Church Of God In Christ
Location: 2248 Garfield Street
Gary, Indiana 46404
(219) 944-2445





Beacon Light Christian Reformed Church
Address is 3770 Burr Street
Gary, Indiana 46408
Main phone - (219) 838-0586

Brothers Keepers
2120 Broadway
Gary, IN 46407
Call (219) 882-4459. Food, meals, a thrift store, possible clothing, and more can be distributed.

Catholic Charities Diocese Of Gary - Saints Monica & Luke Church
645 Rhode Island Street
Gary, IN 46402
Call (219) 883-1861. Get case management, shelter, clothing, food, and access to a thrift store. One of the leading charities when faced with an emergency.

Faith Lutheran Church
Address: 2609 Colfax Street
Gary, IN 46406
Phone: (219) 313-2212
The church helps the less fortunate. Whether they are elderly or unemployed, a hot meal and box of groceries may be pased out from the soup kitchen.

God First Ministries – Gary branch
Brach address 1119 Grant Street
Gary, Indiana 46404
Main number - (219) 882-1180

International Institute Of Northwest Indiana
4433 Broadway
Gary, Indiana 46409
Call (219) 980-4636

Motivating Women Ministry
Address: 400 East 20Th Avenue
Gary, Indiana 46407
Call (219) 750-9133

Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church
Location of the food bank is 719 Clark Road
Gary, IN 46406
For hours, call (219) 944-1084
Meals, groceries, and referrals can all be offered.

  • A second location of a pantry for this church is
    6025 West 25Th Avenue
    Gary, IN 46406
    (219) 924-4163

Love Inc. Of Greater Hammond
Po Box 557
Griffith, IN 46319
Call (219) 923-2775
Referrals are given. Clients can learn about ministries that have food, or get referred to a holiday meal site. Other programs range from financial support in Lake County to surplus USDA commodities.





Bethel Congregational Church Of God In Christ
815 Michigan Street
Hammond, Indiana 46320
(219) 931-1301
There is a food pantry on site. Dairy goods, baby formula, canned meats, and more are offered.

Charity House - New Harvest Worship Center
Address: 1421 173rd Street
Hammond, Indiana 46324
Call - (219) 845-2056

Greater Hammond Community Services
Address: 824 Hoffman Street
Hammond, Indiana 46327
Phone number - (219) 932-4800
The non-profit helps people apply for government aid, or they give referrals to pantries. Vouchers for baby formula may be available from WIC, or learn about food stamp intake sites.

Northwest Family Services
Main office - 5927 Columbia Avenue
Hammond, Indiana 46320
(219) 933-7377

Society Of St. Vincent De Paul
Office location is 7132 Arizona Avenue
Hammond, IN 46323
Call - (219) 845-7531
Food, groceries, meals, and possibly even financial assistance may be offered to the needy in the community. They take a holistic approach to helping those faced with poverty. Programs for senior citizens, children, and disabled are supported too.

  • 4340 Johnson Avenue
    Hammond, Indiana 46327
    Phone - (219) 933-0100
  • 7113 Columbia Avenue
    Hammond, IN 46324
    (219) 844-2975

St. James The Less Catholic Church
Address is 9640 Kennedy Avenue
Highland, IN 46322
(219) 924-4220

Augustana Lutheran Church
Church address - 207 North Kelly Street
Hobart, Indiana 46342
Dial - (219) 942-3574. The church has limited hours for the pantry.

City Of Lake Station - Lake Station Community Center
275 East 29th Avenue
Lake Station, IN 46405
Telephone - (219) 963-0261
Another community center in Lake County that offer perishable foodstuffs, holiday meals, and other aid.

Greater Hammond Community Services, Lake Station
Address: 275 East 29Th Avenue
Lake Station, Indiana 46327
Call (219) 963-0261
Applications for Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) are combined with groceries from an emergency food bank.

First A.M.E. Church
Address - 2045 E Massachusetts St.
Gary, Indiana
Main phone - (219) 886-7561
clients of the pantry include the working poor and homeless.

Second Harvest Food Bank
Address: 2248 W 35th Ave
Gary, Indiana
(219) 980-1777
They only offer referrals.

Lowell Church Of Christ
Pantry at the church is located at 299 North Burr Street
Lowell, IN 46356
Phone number - (219) 696-7591




St. Edward Catholic Church
Church address - 216 South Nichols Street
Lowell, IN 46356
Phone number - (219) 696-7307

Laurel Preparatory Academy
Location is 7525 Taft Street
Merrillville, Indiana 46410

Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church
8000 Madison Street
Merrillville, Indiana 46410
Call (219) 769-2481

Salvation Army, Hammond/Munster Corps
8225 Columbia Avenue
Munster, IN 46321
Dial (219) 838-0380
The local branch of the national Salvation Army organization. Call them for food, free groceries, information on government food stamp and housing programs, guidance, and other help, as needed.

St. Thomas More Church
Office address is 8501 Calumet Avenue
Munster, IN 46321
Phone - (219) 836-8610

St. John The Evangelist Church
11301 West 93Rd Avenue
Saint John, Indiana 46373
Dial (219) 365-5678 for information and food bank hours.

Diocese Of Gary Catholic Charities
St. Michael The Archangel Church
1 Wilhelm Street
Schererville, IN 46375
(219) 322-4505
The local Gary Indiana branch of the Salvation Army non-profit charity organization. Call them for free food, meals, holiday (Christmas and Thanksgiving) gifts and meals.

Society Of St. Vincent De Paul - Whiting/Robertsdale Office
Address is 1731 Laporte Avenue
Whiting, IN 46394
Main phone number - (219) 659-0733
Various social services are run. The charity will also try to find volunteers to deliver lunches or frozen foods to the elderly as part of Meals on Wheels.

Whiting City Hall Food Pantry
1443 119Th Street
Whiting, Indiana 46394
Call the pantry at (219) 659-7701

For more information, anyone can dial 219.980.1777. An intake line will provide Lake County Indiana residents with information on everything from additional local food pantries to public aid, such as food stamps or Commodity Supplemental Food Program.


By Jon McNamara

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