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Free food pantries, groceries and meals in Louisville and Jefferson County Kentucky.

Find how to get free emergency food in the Louisville Kentucky area. Learn how a church, a free food pantry, soup kitchen or food bank in Jefferson County Kentucky can provide assistance. They combine their own programs with information on government benefits, such as WIC vouchers or USDA commodities. Individuals and families across Louisville and the Jefferson County area who are in need of groceries, meals, personal hygiene supplies, or free food should not hesitate to call or stop by one of the centers near them that are referenced below. There is also a phone number at the bottom of the page for more locations.

Most of the organizations that offer this support will not turn anyone away who asks for help, regardless of their income, background, or religion. The not-for profit food pantries in Louisville are committed to offering a wide variety of services to the elderly, unemployed, working poor, and other low income individuals. They may have free groceries, Meals on Wheels services, hygiene supplies, Christmas or Thanksgiving food boxes, SNAP applications and more. If the location in Jefferson County can’t help you, they will usually refer you to another local charity or even help you apply for government food assistance.

Referrals and linkage to other regional and state of Kentucky resources are available. All of these programs and services, and many more, are all offered as part of the assistance programs offered from Louisville food pantries.

Fairdale Area Community Ministries – This is a local church/religious organization that passes out food, free meals, and groceries to those who need help in the community.
Address - 10616 W Manslick Rd
Fairdale, Kentucky 40118
(502) 367-9519

Jeffersontown Area Ministries
Location - 10617 Taylorsville Rd
Jeffersontown, KY 40299
Phone number - (502) 267-1055
Another one of the local churches that can provide support and food.




New Covenant Church of God
1272 Gilmore Ln
Louisville, KY 40213
Main phone number is (502) 966-0008

Peace Presbyterian Church
4210 E Indian Trail
Louisville, Kentucky 40213
Phone: (502) 964-1402
A free, emergency food pantry is on site. Get canned groceries, fresh fruit or vegetables, holiday meals, paper products like toilet paper and more. A soup kitchen for hot meals is also on site.

Jefferson County Community Action
Address is 4810 Exeter Ave
Louisville, Kentucky 40218
Phone: (502) 574-1270
There are multiple community action agencies, with one above. They are non-profit poverty fighting organizations. There is a free food pantry, information on public assistance in SNAP benefits or housing, emergency grants and more. Find other community action agency programs in Jefferson County.

Newburg Christian Church
5225 Poplar Level Rd # A
Okolona, KY 40219
Phone: (502) 964-1500

The Lords Kitchen
Food pantry location is 2732 S 5th St
Louisville, Kentucky 40208
Phone number of the feeding site is (502) 413-0198
The charity has a free food pantry and soup kitchen. Hot or frozen meals, holiday food boxes, brown bag lunches for the elderly and other support is offered in Jefferson County KY.

Center For Lay Ministries Inc.
213 E Maple St
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
(812) 282-0063







Open Hand Kitchen
Soup kitchen address is 1026 S Jackson St
Louisville, KY 40203
Phone: (502) 584-2480
Free hot meals are offered. They may also have bagged lunches. The poor, homeless, and others can get a hot lunch or breakfast.

First Lutheran Church
417 E Broadway
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: (502) 584-4926
A food pantry is on site. Based on donations, there may be free items such as perishable food or infant formula or milk. Or toiletries, laundry detergent, soap, and canned groceries.

St Augustine Catholic Church
1310 W Broadway
Louisville, KY 40203
For hours of free food and grocery distribution, call (502) 584-4602

Antioch Church
7315 Southside Dr
Louisville, Kentucky 40214
(502) 367-1987

Cathedral of the Assumption
Address is 433 S 5th St # 101
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
Phone: (502) 582-2971
The pantry may have free starches (cereal, bread, pasta, rice, and/or potatoes), Peanut Butter, Canned Fruit or Meat, Ensure for the elderly, Christmas or Thanksgiving turkey meals and more.

Zion Baptist Church, Inc.
2200 W Muhammad Ali Blvd
Louisville, KY 40212.
(502) 775-6404.

Feed the City
Address is 1100 S 26th St
Louisville, KY 40210
Phone: (502) 772-5384
The food bank may have free Christmas or Thanksgiving food baskets. Get items like Crackers, Canned vegetables, Cereal, Boxed Pastas, Rice and more.

Lighthouse Christian Fellowship
1334 Camden Ave.
Louisville Kentucky. 40215

Arcadia Community Center
Address - 1423 Arcade Ave
Louisville, Kentucky 40215
Telephone number - (502) 375-1819

Baptist Fellowship Center
Church address is 1351 Catalpa St.
Louisville, KY 40211
Call the church at (502) 774-2734 for hours.

Bethlehem Baptist Special Ministries
Address - 5708 Preston Hwy
Louisville, Kentucky 40219
Main number: (502) 964-4384
The charity may offer free holiday meals in Jefferson County, such as for Thanksgiving or Christmas. There are also emergency boxes of food, perishable items, and free personal hygiene supplies.





Dare To Care, Food Bank
Address - 5803 Fern Valley Rd
Louisville, KY 40232
Telephone number - (502) 966-3821
This non-profit partners and coordinates food assistance with various organizations, churches, and charities across Jefferson County Kentucky.

East Louisville Community Ministry
Location - 417 E Broadway
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
(502) 561-0722 is the main number.
A second office of the not-for-profit East Louisville Community Ministry is at 413 E Muhammad Ali Blvd. G-25, Louisville, KY 40202, (502) 561-0722.

Highlands Community Ministries
Stop by the pantry at 1140 Cherokee Rd
Louisville, Kentucky 40204
Phone number - (502) 451-3626

Louisville Metro Community Action Partnership
Free food can be provided as part of an assistance program known as Family Services. Other assistance, such as clothes, thrift stores, case management, and much more can also be obtained at this center.
Location - 4810 Exeter Ave
Louisville, Kentucky 40218
Phone number - (502) 574-1157

Ministries United Of South Central Louisville
1207 Hart Ave
Louisville, Kentucky 40213
Call the church at (502) 363-9087

Neighborhood House
Location is 201 N 25th St.
Louisville, Kentucky 40212
(502) 774-2322 is the Main Phone number.
Assistance includes referrals to SNAP food stamps, groceries, and meals for senior citizens or the homebound.

Salvation Army Of Louisville and Jefferson County food programs
Branch address - 911 S Brook St.
Louisville, KY 40203
Main phone - (502) 671-4900 or (502) 625-1170
The low income, working poor, homeless and people experiencing poverty or job loss in Louisville can contact this nation organization. Get food, job counseling, help with paying bills, and other short and long term support.

There are also free groceries from a pantry as well as paper products. Or get a Thanksgiving turkey meal or Christmas dinner. Another location is at Salvation Army Of Louisville, Center is at 911 South Brook Street, Louisville, KY 40203, (502) 671-4900.

Schuhmann Social Service Center
Location is 730 E Gray St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone number - (502) 589-6696
Both free food is passed out in an emergency (including groceries, soup, bread) and they refer families living in poverty to other social services. Those may be SNAP food stamps or the federal school lunch program for children.

Sister Visitor Center
Address - 2235 W Market St.
Louisville, KY 40212
Administrative phone number is (502) 776-0155





South East Associated Ministries
Address Is 6500 Six Mile Ln Ste A
Louisville, Kentucky 40218
Phone number - (502) 499-2059

Southwest Community Ministries
Address is 9800 Stonestreet Rd
Louisville, Kentucky 40272
Phone - (502) 935-0310
Volunteers may also deliver hot lunches or meals to homebound elderly and senior citizens. Donations are always needed by this pantry. Other assistance available may include clothing or free Christmas and Thanksgiving meals.

Zion United Church Of Christ
1310 E Burnett Ave
Louisville, Kentucky 40217
Dial (502) 637-5466 for how to get meals, perishable items, and groceries from this local Louisville church.

Jeffersontown Area Ministries
Jeffersontown, Kentucky 40299
Dial the pantry at (502) 267-1055 for hours.

Eastern Area Community Ministries - John Knox Presbyterian Church
Address is 9104 Westport Road Basement
Louisville, Kentucky 40242
(502) 426-2824
Free food and referrals are available as part of Dare to Care. They also offer financial aid, budget counseling, support for single moms, and public aid.

Fern Creek / Highview United Ministries
9300 Beulah Church Road
Louisville, KY 40291
Main phone - (502) 762-9611
The Jefferson County charity has clothing, free food and personal items. There are also Christmas meals and summer snacks for children out of school.

Neighborhood House
Location is 201 North 25th Street
Louisville, KY 40212
Main phone: (502) 774-2322

Bridges Of Hope
Location is 908 West Broadway 3rd Floor (West)
Louisville, KY 40203
(502) 634-6050
Case managers help very low income apply for SNAP food stamps. Or if a family needs information on other benefits, such as school lunches, section 8 housing or USDA commodities, this can be arranged too.

Plymouth Community Renewal Center
1626 W Chestnut Street
Louisville, KY 40203
Telephone: (502) 583-7889
Various hunger prevention programs are run. They operate Meals on Wheels for the elderly and disabled. Other assistance includes perishable and nonperishable food, personal care (such as soap or cleaning supplies) and household goods. There are also Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas meals for Jefferson County clients.







United Crescent Hill Ministries
150 South State Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40206
Call (502) 893-0346 for intake.

Walnut Street Baptist Church - Christian Social Ministries
Location is 220 W St Catherine Street, Christian Activities Building
Louisville, KY 40203
Main phone - (502) 589-3454

St. George's Scholar Institute
Address is 2512 West Oak Street
Louisville, KY 40210
(502) 775-6232
Emergency boxes of food may be provided. The non-profit may also have baby formula or volunteers direct the client to other charity run food pantries if needed.

St Matthews Area Ministries - Beechwood Baptist Church
201 Biltmore Road
Louisville, Kentucky 40207
(502) 893-5704
Applicants are screened and assessed for food or financial help. There is also job placement and shelter services.

South Louisville Community Ministries
415 1/2 West Ashland Avenue
Louisville, KY 40214
Main phone - (502) 367-6445

Shively Area Ministries
4415 Dixie Highway
Louisville, KY 40216
(502) 447-4330
Dare-to-Care from the charity helps feed children and the low income. There is also the monthly USDA Commodity Program, Meals on Wheels operated by volunteers for home-bound older adults in Jefferson County and more.

Society Of St Vincent De Paul
1015-C S Preston Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40203
(502) 272-2140
Various social services are administered by the church. They have a free food pantry, soup kitchen, and household items. OR the homebound in Jefferson County can apply for Meals on Wheels, including at the holidays.





Additional free food programs in Jefferson County near you

To find other food distribution sites and pantries in the region, or to learn about SNAP and other government aid, dial 502.966.3821. Several other feeding sites, soup kitchens, and free food banks in Jefferson County that may be near you can help the working poor, unemployed and low income families.


By Jon McNamara

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