Louisiana free food banks and pantries.

Food banks in Louisiana are a great place to contact for assistance. Below you will find a listing of non-profit organizations, charities, food pantries, churches and a wide variety of other agencies near you that can provide free or reduced priced items to families or individuals. The centers support those who need help or who may be facing a hardship. There is also a referral phone number at the bottom of this page for information on other free food pantries or soup kitchens that are near you.

The locations listed below are the primary centers that operate across Louisiana. However these organizations partner with many other facilities across the region, including churches, community action agencies and small non-profit food banks. So if you need to get assistance in your town or county call one of the following places listed below. If a site is not near you then referrals are often available.

In addition, some of the sites can provide other forms of help to those facing an emergency. For example, some of the free food pantries near you may offer clothing or hygiene supplies. Or they serve free holiday meals, Thanksgiving dinners, or give out baby formula. Many have information on other state and federal government assistance programs, including SNAP food stamps) as well as local charities.

Also please note that almost every county and parish in Louisiana also offers other financial assistance programs and provides ways to get help paying for food and other bills. Ask a volunteer at a pantry or the staff that work there. Use them as a resource in an effort to find programs in your county, or find other public assistance in Louisiana.

Second Harvest Food Bank Of Greater New Orleans & Acadiana
Address - 215 E Pinhook Rd
Lafayette - Louisiana, 70501
(337) 237-7711
Through this collaborative effort, food manufacturers, distributors, retailers, brokers and farmers and individuals in south Louisiana donate items to Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana. The food or supplies donated are then distributed to a network of member agencies. This program is supplemented by food purchases to ensure nutritional balance to those we serve.

 

 

 

 

Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana
2307 Texas Avenue
Shreveport, LA 71103
318.675.2400

Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank Warehouse
5546 Choctaw Dr.
Baton Rouge - Louisiana, 70805
Telephone number - (225) 359-9940
The location stocks groceries, rice, breads, canned goods and perishable items at the warehouse. The goods are then distributed to pantries, charities, and churches across Louisiana.

Southeast Food Pantry
105 Highland Park Plz
Covington - LA, 70433
(985) 867-8333

Food Bank - Shreveport
2307 Texas Ave
Shreveport - LA, 71103
(318) 675-2400
The non-profit is the largest distributor of public and private emergency food for a seven parish area in northwest Louisiana. Each week approximately 1,300 pounds of free food is distributed for emergency assistance to individuals and families.

 

 

 

 

They run a senior program, which may be able to help low income seniors who are 65 and older or 55 and older with a disability receive a monthly box of non-perishable groceries. Different programs for children are run as well, including food, groceries, clothing, summer meals, and more.

Friend Ships
1019 North First Avenue
Lake Charles - LA, 70601
337-433-5022

Eunice Food Bank
Location is 1120 Fairground St.
Eunice - Louisiana, 70535
(337) 457-7541

Local food pantries and programs in Louisiana near you

There are also locations that focus just on certain parishes. The centers can be run by churches or faith based charities, non-profits, or even human service offices. They will also have free food and referrals, and the services are in addition to these statewide organizations. Find assistance near you in the following parishes.

Food Bank - Houma
254 Magnolia St.
Houma - LA, 70360
Call (985) 851-5523 for hours of distribution.

A second center of Second Harvest Food Bank in city of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana
700 Edwards Avenue
New Orleans , LA 70123
Telephone: 504.734.1322
Free meals, emergency boxes of food, groceries, and more are provided to the low income and homeless. Other assistance such as referrals, shelter, and clothing may be available.

 

 

 

Foodnet Of Lafayette
PO Box 53997
Lafayette, Louisiana 70505
(337)232-3663

Foodnet- The Greater Acadiana Food Bank
Address: 217 Surrey St.
Lafayette, LA 70501
Call (337) 232-3663

Icons Food Bank
Address: 1411 N Market St.
Opelousas, LA 70570
Phone - (337) 594-8845
Call the non-profit in a crisis. The food banks focuses on the less fortunate, seniors, and poor.

God's Food Box
711 Mahlon St
Deridder, LA, 70634
(337) 463-4449

Erwinville Childrens Community Care
Address of the pantry is 12419 Section Rd
Port Allen - Louisiana  70767
(225) 627-7725
Some of what may be provided includes baby formula, diapers, and more. Mothers and caretakers can get applications on the federal government Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children.

Foodnet The Greater Acadiana Food Bank
Address - 307 Amanda Dr.
Lafayette - LA, 70507
Call: (337) 232-3663

 

 

 

 

Vermilion Milk Fund & Kaplan Food Bank
801 N Cushing Ave
Kaplan - LA, 70548
(337) 643-6055
Both a soup kitchen is on site and emergency food pantry. Canned groceries, dairy, ensure for the elderly, and other supplies are offered.

Second Harvesters Food Bank of Greater New Orleans
1201 Sams Avenue
New Orleans - LA, 70123
Telephone - 504-734-1322
The location doe not provide direct aid. They offer goods to local pantries. Families need to stop by those centers for groceries or a meal.

Gretna Food Bank
1400 Jefferson St.
Gretna, LA 70053
(504) 367-6676
Emergency boxes of food may be passed out.

SpayMart
1202 Orange St.
New Orleans - Louisiana, 70130
504-838-9167

Food Bank - Alexandria
3142 Baldwin Ave
Alexandria - LA, 71301
(318) 445-7038

Food For Family
1325 Airline Hwy
Baton Rouge - Louisiana, 70805
(225) 355-2081
Some of what is available can feed a child or a senior citizen. Summer snacks, boxes of food in an emergency, and referrals may all be provided by workers and volunteers.

Icons Food Bank
1411 N Market St
Opelousas - LA, 70570
(337) 594-8845

 

 

 

 

The Food Bank Of Central Louisiana
3223 Baldwin Ave
Alexandria, Louisiana, 71301
(318) 445-2773

Streams of Life
8852 Greenwell Springs Rd
Baton Rouge - LA, 70814
Phone: (225) 243-5325
Call for hours and information on resources. Staff can offer emergency assistance as well as long term support, such as information on SNAP food stamps as well as WIC.

The Foodbank Of Covington Louisiana Inc.
Address 840 N Columbia St
Covington, LA 70433
985-893-3003
A number of local pantries partner with this non-profit.

Food Bank-Good Samaritan /Religious Organization
100 Birch St
Thibodaux, Louisiana, 70301
(985) 447-9776
Various churches, charities, and other groups help struggling and/or low income families. Soap, detergent, canned groceries, Christmas food baskets, and more can be offered.

Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana
4600 Central Ave
PO Box 5048
Monroe , LA 71211
Call 318.322.3567 for referrals and information.
Fruits, non-perishable goods, and surplus government commodities are passed out to local parishes. The food bank can direct the needy to those centers.

The Apotheca
164 S 8th St.
Ponchatoula - Louisiana, 70454
Main number is (985) 386-2528

 

 

 

 

Locations of more Louisiana food banks and pantries

To find more food banks that may be in your parish or town, dial (318) 675-2400. Additional information can be provided on locations near you. Or ask for referrals and information on other Louisiana free food programs, pantries and non-profit centers. There are also government benefits too for the low income, including USDA programs.

 

By Jon McNamara

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