Free food banks in Marion County Florida
Families that need assistance can contact a food bank or pantry in Marion County Florida. A number of churches, charities, government organizations, and social service agencies provide services to anyone who needs help. Some of the resources provided include free food, meals, clothing, baby formula, and perishable items.
The list below includes many of the primary distribution centers and pantries in Ocala and Marion Florida. Each will administer its own assistance programs, be open certain hours, and they may have qualifications that need to be met. The best thing to do is to call a food bank in advance to get more information or to make an appointment.
Rarely will anyone be turned away. First in line for help will be low income seniors, families with children, the disabled, and people with an unexpected hardship, such as a medical emergency. As noted, most locations will distribute government surplus food, bags of groceries, meals around Thanksgiving and Christmas, and other items like clothing for work or school.
St. Theresa's Catholic Church Social Services
Main address - 11528 South Highway 301
Belleview, Florida 34420
Primary phone number - (352) 245-1359
As noted, this charity organization has information on Marion County, state, and federal government social services and assistance programs such as food stamps and WIC. They also have an on-site food bank, clothing closet, and specialists who can guide residents through a difficult period. More on St Theresa Catholic Church programs.
Citra First United Methodist Church
Church location is 2000 NE 180th Street
Citra, Florida 32113
Call (352) 595-3151
Annie W. Johnson Senior And Family Center
1991 W. Test Court
Main number is (352) 489-8021
A number of programs are offered, but some do focus on senior citizens. Some meals may be home delivered. Also learn about government medical care and other assistance for low income senior citizens in Marion County Florida.
Brother's Keeper - Marion County Location
Location - 2 W Fort King Street
Ocala, FL 34474
Phone number is (352) 622-3846
Interfaith Emergency Services
435 NW 2nd Street
Ocala, FL 34478-0992
Telephone - (352) 629-8868
Salvation Army *Marion County* Center Of Hope
2901 NW 14th Street 320 NW 1st Avenue (Service Address)
Ocala, Florida 34470
Service/intake - (352) 732-8326
The local branch of the national Salvation Army charity. Resources offered include an on-site food pantry and thrift store. Other programs can offer electric bill help, housing and rent assistance, LIHEAP applications, and shelter. Most programs are for families or individuals who are faced with an emergency situation.
Wings Of Faith Fellowship Church Of God
Church address is 5066 SE 64th Avenue Road
Ocala, Florida 34472
Main number is (352) 687-4600
Operation Compassion is the church's food pantry. The location is open on Wednesdays from 8AM to 11AM. A photo ID and proof of income is required, but note the food bank is closed on any 5th Wednesdays. A photo ID and proof of income is required, but note the food bank is closed on the 4th and 5th Wednesdays of the month.
Community Of Gratitude (Emergency Food Center)
13335 Volkman Avenue Building D
(Behind United Methodist Church On Cr25)
Ocklawaha, Florida 32179
Call the food bank at (352) 288-3499 for intake
Get emergency boxes of food, perishable items such as fruits and vegetables, breads, and bags of groceries.
There are dozens of other food pantries in soup kitchens in central Florida and Marlon County. They feed the poor, hungry, elderly and others. Dial 407.295.1066 for referrals. Everything from Meals on Wheels to USDA government backed commodities or food assistance is offered.