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Free food pantries, groceries and soup kitchens Lake County Ohio.

Lake County Ohio low income families, struggling residents, and others can get assistance from the free food pantries listed below that may be near you. There are canned groceries, infant formula for new parents, Ensure for the elderly, SNAP applications and even Meals on Wheels programs. Find free food banks as well as soup kitchens in Lake County area as well as a referral number at the bottom of the page for more locations. Or, for more long term support, find food stamp applications by state and for Lake County.

Churches and charities operate most of the emergency food pantries and soup kitchens. A major focus is on ensuring the most vulnerable have the items they need, including canned groceries, milk, dairy products, meat and even personal hygiene supplies like toilet paper, detergent and more (based on donations). Many free food pantries also have Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas food baskets. They also try to feed students during the summer and can give single mothers the food they need to feed their kids.

St. John Baptist Church
Address is 361 West Jackson St.
Painesville, Ohio 44077
Dial 440-354-3968
In addition to the year round food bank, there are seasonal programs such as Thanksgiving turkey dinners, Christmas food baskets, and holiday meals.

Zion Lutheran Church
The free food pantry is at 508 Mentor Ave.
Painesville, OH 44077
For hours, call 440-357-5174
Emergency bags of groceries are given. Call for hours of distribution. There may be, based on donations from the community, free food such as rice, peanut butter and jelly, Canned soups and stews, dried beans, Canned Fruits or Meat and more.

Calvary CME Church
Location is 556 Lawnview Ave.
Painesville, OH 44077
Assistance programs include a free food bank and clothing closet. Get food, toiletries, groceries, laundry detergent, diapers, bread and more.




Food Force of Painesville
One Victoria Place
Painesville, OH 44077
Call 440-357-5644

Salvation Army of Lake County region
Address is 69 Pearl Street
Painesville, Ohio 44077
There are many assistance programs including a free food pantry, financial aid, a soup kitchen and more. Case managers also offer information on applying for SNAP food stamps, rent or energy bill help, and give students free Christmas toys or food. A homeless shelter is on site too.

St. Mary's Painesville Food Pantry
Location is 242 North State Street
Painesville, OH 44077

Catholic Charities of Lake County
Multiple churches are part of the organization. There are social services, free boxes of food in a crisis, financial help for bills or rent, clothes and even household goods. Immigrants, the elderly, disabled and others can use the Catholic Charity food pantry, if qualified. Or they can inquire into other support. More on Catholic Charities assistance programs in Lake County OH.

Fairport Harbor Food Pantry
Address is 521 Plum St
Fairport Harbor, Ohio 44077
Call 440-357-6714
The free food pantry may have items such as canned chicken or other meats, vegetable soup; vegetable mix; instant milk; and other goods. Based on supply, there may also be fresh produce to families.

St. Bede's
9114 Lakeshore Blvd.
Mentor, Ohio 44060
Dial 440-257-5544





St. Gabriel's Food Pantry
9925 Johnnycake Ridge Road
Concord Twp., OH 44060

Mentor Church of Christ
7201 Burridge Avenue
Mentor, Ohio 44060
Phone: 440-255-9049
Town residents can get help.

St. Andrew Episcopal Church
Physical address is 7989 Little Mountain Road
Mentor, OH 44060
Main phone number is 440-255-8842
Based on donations, the client choice pantry can help struggling families (even the unemployed) get filling, shelf-stable foods.

St. John Vianney
Location is 7575 Bellflower Rd.
Mentor, OH 44060

Mentor Plains United Methodist Church
Location is 7271 Lakeshore Blvd.
Mentor, Ohio 44060
Volunteers and donations, as well as fund raisers, keep this pantry going. Donate or volunteer if you can.

The Perry Center
4261 Manchester Rd
Perry, OH 44081
Call or stop by for food or referrals. There is even Christmas and Thanksgiving meals, or snacks for students in Lake County.

McKinley Food Pantry
1200 Lost Nation Road
Willoughby, OH 44094





Old South United COC
An emergency food pantry is at 9802 Chillicothe Rd
Kirtland, Ohio 44094
Call 440-256-3329
The charity helps feed children, low income families, the elderly, disabled and others. Everything from a bag of food or groceries may be offered.

Madison Food Center
1954 Hubbard Road
Madison, OH 44057

Pilgrim Christian Church
202 South Hambden St.
Chardon, OH 44024
Main phone number is 440-285-8791

St. Justin Martyr Helping Hands
35781 Stevens Blvd.
Eastlake, Ohio 44095
Main phone number is 440-946-1177
Everything from emergency financial aid to referrals to public aid is offered. The pantry may have USDA Commodity Food, dry and canned goods, paper products, feminine products and more.

Eastlake Kiwanis
Location is 1580 East 332nd St.
Eastlake, OH 44095

St. Mary Magdalene
There is a food pantry at 32114 Vine St.
Willowick, OH 44095
Call 440-943-2133
Find help including groceries, canned meat or fruits, ingredients for a holiday meals and other aid.

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
Location is 1730 Mt. Carmel Drive
Wickliffe, Ohio 44092
Telephone is 440-585-0700







Association to Help the Lord's Work
182 W. Jackson St.
Painesville, OH 44077
The faith based charity helps anyone in need, to the best of their capacity, and food, counseling, and a listening ear may be offered.

St. Gabriel's Hot Meal
There is a soup kitchen at 9925 Johnnycake Ridge Rd
Mentor, Ohio 44060
Everything from hot meals to bag lunches and more is offered. The poor, homeless, and lonely often get meals.

Karpos Ministry
Location is 242 N. State St.
Painesville, Ohio 44077
A soup kitchen is at the site. Call 440-725-2212 for hours.

Additional free food programs in Lake County Ohio

There are many other emergency food pantries near you and state or federal government assistance programs that fight hunger. Or low income families can apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), WIC vouchers, USDA meals for kids and more. Call (216) 738-2265 for information.

By Jon McNamara

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