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Free food pantries, soup kitchens and groceries in Lee County Florida.

The Lee County region of Florida has a number of free food pantries that offer groceries, meals, perishable items, and other support. The primary focus of the non-profits is on offering free food to struggling households. There are also soup kitchens, free holiday meal programs and government benefits. Anyone from Fort Myers, Cape Coral, or the surrounding community can contact a food bank near them in Lee County for assistance, or find a toll free referral number at the bottom of the page for more locations.

Most centers have limited hours, and any assistance offered is usually only short term. However, some of the food pantries will also be able to provide clothing, operate Meals on Wheels services for the elderly or disabled and items such as baby formula or household supplies as funding allows. Centers may also have staff on site that can direct low income clients to programs such as SNAP food stamps or other benefits. The best idea is to always call a food bank in advance to find their hours and to learn about any conditions that need to be met before applying for free food, clothing, or other assistance.

The leading churches, charities, and food bank agencies to call in the Lee County area for assistance are below. Some of them are also soup kitchens, so they can serve a meal, even around Thanksgiving or Christmas. Learn more about how to get free groceries, meals, and food.

Places for free groceries in Lee County Florida or meal programs

All Soul's Episcopal Outreach
14640 North Cleveland Avenue, Fort Myers, FL  33903. Call (239) 997-7685 for the church office

Cape Coral Caring Center
1420 SE 47TH St, Cape Coral, FL 33904. Call 239-945-1927
Numerous social services are available. They range from referrals to pantries to applications to the CSFP Commodity Supplemental Food Program. Another focus is on preventing hunger for children and senior citizens.

Bonita Springs Assistance Office
25300 Bernwood Dr, Bonita Springs, Florida 34135. Dial the office at (239) 992-3034
Apply for food stamps, public aid, and learn about financial assistance programs too.

 

 

 

Lehigh Community Services
Main address is 201 Plaza Drive, Lehigh Acres, FL 33936. Dial - (239) 369-5818
Can provide holiday meals, counseling, and other assistance to Lee County Florida residents.

Catholic Charities Community Service
In addition to meals and free food, other services can provide holiday meals, clothing, baby formula, and other aid. Children can learn about summer meal programs, and nutritional education may be arranged.

  • Address:  5597 Sunrise Drive, Fort Myers, Florida 33919. Call (239) 334-2234
  • Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice Bonita Springs Office is at 28360 Beaumont Rd, Bonita Springs, FL 34134. Call (239) 495-9439

Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties
Location is 9701 Commerce Center Court, Fort Myers, Florida 33908 . Phone number - (239) 481-4449

South Fort Myers Food Pantry Coalition
8260 Cypress Lake Dr , Fort Myers, Florida 33919. Call (239) 481-3233
Many food banks advocate and support those that are struggling.

Salvation Army Social Services Campus
Address is 2400 Edison Avenue, Fort Myers, FL  33901. Dial - (239) 334-3745.
Runs a thrift store, shelter, and more. Food is offered to those faced with poverty and the hardest hit in the community of lee County Florida. Holidays meals and gifts are offered too. There may be free household supplies or personal toiletries, Thanksgiving or Christmas meals (or turkey dinners) and snacks for students.

  • Salvation Army Bonita Springs Mission
    Main address is 26820 Old US Highway 41, Bonita Springs, FL 34135. Phone: (239) 948-5200

Vineyard Community Church - Hope Center
Stop by the food bank at 923 SE 47th Terrace or dial the number below. Cape Coral, Florida 33904
Food bank phone number - (239) 549-8075

Gladiolus Food Pantry
Main location is 10511 Gladiolus Dr, Fort Myers, FL 33908. Phone - (239) 437-8122

 

 

 

 

Adventist Community Services of Cape Coral
1509 SE 47th Ter, Cape Coral, FL 33904. Call (239) 673-6957
Provides food, meals, clothing, information on social services, and other support programs.

First Assembly Cornerstone
Location is 3220 DR Martin Luther King Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33916. Call (239) 337-4140
A free pantry has a variety of items. Get dairy, fresh produce, canned groceries (non-perishable) and more.

New Life Assembly Academy
Main address is 5146 Leonard Blvd S, Lehigh Acres, FL 33973. Telephone - (239) 369-6147

Fort Myers Christian Outreach Center
Center address - 3500 Fowler St., Fort Myers, Florida 33901. Dial (239) 481-6262
Meet with a counselor for case management, help in applying for programs such as food stamps, meals, and other social services.

Fort Myers Rescue Mission
Food pantry address - 6900 Mission Lane, Fort Myers, FL 33916. Call (239) 334-7365
Provides meals, groceries, shelter, clothing, and thrift store to the less fortunate and homeless.

Ft Myers Shores Seventh-day Adventist Church
The food pantry is at 14830 Palm Beach Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33905. Phone: (239) 878-6750

Tice United Methodist Church
4545 Tice St, Fort Myers, FL 33905. Call (239) 694-1256

Bonita Social Service Center
28360 Beaumont Rd, Bonita Springs, FL 34134. Call (239) 390-2928
Most social service centers offer a variety of assistance to those in need of help. It is above and beyond any food aid. The agency has information on local Lee County food pantries, thrift stores and clothing closets. Case managers can also help people apply for public aid such as food stamps, summer meals for children, and other support, including financial help for bills.

St. John First Missionary Baptist Church
Location is 2044 Brown St, Fort Myers, FL 33916. Call (239) 334-0591
The parish has a free food pantry and soup kitchen for the poor, single parents in Lee County and the low income.

Faith Presbyterian Church
Location is 4544 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral, FL 33904. Phone - (239) 542-2858

Broadway Community Church
3309 South Broadway, Fort Myers, FL 33901. Call (239) 275-1141
Emergency bags of groceries, breads, rice, and more is passed out, mostly by volunteers.

 

 

 

 

Skyline Church - Cape Coral Assembly of God Food Pantry
Address: 717 Skyline Blvd, Cape Coral, Florida 33991. Phone number is (239) 574-5690
Not only may a meal be served to the poor or homeless, but clothing, guidance, and other support may be available in Lee County.

Harlem Heights United Way House - Harlem Heights community Center
15570 Hagie Dr, Fort Myers, Florida 33908. Call (239) 482-7706

Daniels Road Baptist Church
The free pantry is at 5878 Daniels Pkwy, Fort Myers, FL 33912. Telephone - (239) 481-2416

Our Lady's Cupboard
13031 Palm Beach Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL 33905. Call (239) 694-3985
The homeless may receive meals, and other needy families can get emergency food boxes. Fruits, vegetables, and other government commodity items may be distributed.

Suncoast Community Center
Location of food bank at the center is 2241 Case Dr, Fort Myers, FL 33917. Call (239) 731-9838
Various social services and government aid is provided. Some non-monetary items can include information on Christmas programs and meals, emergency food boxes, and fresh perishable food items.

The Gathering Place
13500 Freshman Lane, South Fort Myers, FL 33912. Main phone number - (239) 768-2188
They may have information on local Lee County Thanksgiving programs, soup kitchens and clothing closets.

Messiah Lutheran Church
Address is 2691 NE Pine Island Rd, Cape Coral, FL 33909. Phone - 239-898-2331

Broadway Community Church
3309 Broadway, Fort Myers, FL 33901. Call (239) 936-8366

Pine Island United Methodist Church
The main location is 5701 Pine Island Rd NW, Bokeelia, FL 33922. Call (239) 283-2386

Alva United Methodist Pantry
Location of food bank - 21440 Pearl Street
Alva, Florida 33920
Dial (239) 728-2277 to get hours of the pantry.

Cafe of Life
Banyan Tree Park in Old Bonita
US 41 between Reynolds & Childers
Bonita Springs, Florida 34135
Primary phone number - (239) 495-9325

Cape Coral United Way House
1105 Cultural Park Blvd
Cape Coral, Florida 33990
Call (239) 242-0401

Community Cooperative Ministries
3429 DMLKJ Boulevard
Fort Myers, Florida 33916
(239) 332-7151 Social Services, meals, thrift store, perishable items, baby supplies and formula, and other aid provided to the low income, elderly, and people who need assistance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cornerstone Ministries
3220 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL  33917
(239) 337-4140

East Fort Myers United Way House
4040 Palm Beach Blvd.
East Fort Myers, FL 33916
Dial the center at - (239) 313-7719

Faith Fellowship World Outreach Ministries
Location - 6111 South Pointe Boulevard
Fort Myers, Florida 33919
(239) 278-3638

Friendship Cafe / Bonair Towers
Address of cafe – 1915 Halgrim Ave
Fort Myers, FL 33901
Phone number is (239) 275-1881. Ask for nutrition department in order to get information.
A second location of this facility is at
1771 Evans Avenue
Fort Myers, FL 33901
(239) 275-1881

Estero Community Center Friendship Cafe
9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd.
Estero, FL 33928
(239) 275-1881 Main Number. Be sure to ask for the Nutrition Department.

Friendship Cafe/ Harlem Heights, South Fort Myers - Harlem Heights Community Center
Location is 7340 Concourse Drive
Fort Myers, Florida 33908
Phone (239) 275-1881
They may operate a Meals on Wheels service for the disabled or homebound.

Friendship Cafe / Lake Kennedy, Cape Coral
400 Santa Barbara Boulevard
Cape Coral, FL 33991
Dial the main number/nutrition department at (239) 275-188

Page Park Community Club - Friendship Cafe
507 Center St.
Fort Myers, Florida 33907
Main phone number - (239) 275-1881
Boxes of food in an emergency, fruits, and more may be served, including information on baby formula programs.

Friendship Cafe/ Villa Vincente Senior Apts
13071 Palm Beach Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL  33905
(239) 275-1881
Food programs, meals on wheels, and other aid is available for seniors.

 

 

 

 

Grandparents Returning Into Parenting G.R.I.P
Location - 4040 Palm Beach Blvd, Suite D 6
Fort Myers, Florida 33916
(239) 243-8999

Harry Chapin Food Bank of SWFL
3760 Fowler Street
Fort Myers, Florida 33901
Call the food bank at (239) 334-7007

Health & Wellness Center, North Fort Myers
Hatton Rogers Retirement Center
4250 Hatton Rogers way
North Fort Myers, Florida 33903
(239) 275-1881 Call for nearest location

Helping Hands North Fort Myers – Call them for guidance, meals, clothing, and other support.
2203 Fowler St.
North Fort Myers, FL 33901
(239) 349-2121

Interfaith Caregivers of South Lee County
Address:  17592 Rockefeller Circle
Estero, FL 33967
(239) 267-3510
One of the leading charities to call in Lee County for government surplus food and general advice.

Lee / Hendry / Glades WIC Program
3920 Michigan Avenue
Fort Myers, FL  33916
(239) 344-2000. Dial the main office.
The focus is on single parents with infants, children, and females. Vouchers for buying formula, baby food, and more is available in Lee County.

Meals On Wheels of Lee County
Fort Myers, Florida 33902
(239) 337-1055
Can deliver food to senior citizens, homebound, disabled, and others who need meals, groceries, and support.

Meals on Wheels of Bonita Springs
Bonita Springs, FL 34133
(239) 992-4708 Dottie
The homebound, such as the elderly and their spouses, can get a hot meal, or maybe frozen food on the holidays. Small donations are appreciated for the service.

Nations Association Charities
4625 Palm Beach Boulevard
Fort Myers, Florida 33905
(239) 332-7575

New Church of SWFL
Location:  10811 Sunset Plaza Cir, #401
South Fort Myers, FL 33908
(239) 560-6785

Page Park Community Center- Partnership with Lee County
507 Center Road
Fort Myers, Florida 33916
(239) 939-4454
They offer referrals and information on pantries and other aid.

 

 

 

 

Pine Manor Community Center- Partnership with Lee County
5547 10th Avenue
Fort Myers, Florida 33907
Call - (239) 275-5180

Tuesday's Table
840 SW 4th St.
Cape Coral, FL 33991
Non-perishable food, fruits, meats, and more may be served to the low income and working poor.

Word of Life Church - Food Pantry
2150 Collier Ave, Suite H
Fort Myers, Florida 3901

Find more free food and meal programs in Lee County

Residents of Lee County can call upon other food pantries near them and assistance programs too. Call 239-334-7007 for referrals. Everything from applications to WIC or free school lunches is available along with meal sites, bags of groceries, and more.

 

By Jon McNamara

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