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Free food banks and groceries in Marion County Florida

Families that need assistance can contact a food bank or free pantry in Marion County Florida. A number of churches, charities, government organizations, and social service agencies provide services to anyone who needs help. Find free food pantries in Ocala and Marion County near you below. Some of the resources provided include free food, meals, clothing, baby formula, groceries and perishable items. There is also a phone number at the bottom of the page for more resources.

The list below includes many of the primary distribution centers and pantries in Ocala and Marion County Florida, including those that are open today. Each will administer its own assistance programs, be open certain hours, and they may have qualifications that need to be met. Some charities also have soup kitchens or Meals on Wheels delivery. 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. There is also free food and personal toiletries for migrant workers. 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.

Places for free food, groceries and support in Ocala and Marion County FL

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
20625 W Pennsylvania Ave, Dunnellon, FL 34431. Main number is (352) 465-7957 or (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 - 2320 NW 10th St, Ocala, FL 34475. Phone number is (352) 622-3846
There are many assistance programs, including around food, free groceries, hygiene supplies and more. Marion County low income families and struggling households can get help. There are also free holiday food boxes.

Shepherd’s Lighthouse
Location is 5930 SE Robinson Rd., Belleview, Florida 34420. Call 352-347-6575
A free pantry has many items, including Crackers, Shelf Stable or Dry Milk, Cereal, Bread, Tuna, Canned meat and more.

Belleview United Methodist Pantry
5640 SE Brown Rd., Belleview, FL 34421. Call 352-245-2100

Vets Helping Vets
2730 E Silver Springs Blvd. Ocala, FL 34470. Call 352-433-2320
Vets from Central Florida collect donations and volunteer their time to help other vets. There are free groceries, information on government assistance including VA benefits, housing, financial help and more.

Christ’s Church Pantry
6768 SW 80 St., Ocala, FL 34476. Phone 352-895-2649
The charity has food, toiletries, laundry detergent, soup, groceries, diapers (as available) to families and individuals in need.

Starting Point Church
Address is 1990 SW Hwy 42, Summerfield, FL 34491. Call 352-245-5920

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. There are free Thanksgiving turkey dinners too. Other programs can offer electric bill help, housing and rent assistance, LIHEAP applications, and shelter. They also help with applications to USDA commodities, SNAP food stamps and government aid. Most programs are for families or individuals who are faced with an emergency situation.

 

 

 

 

Villages View Pantry
Address: 8585 SE 147 Pl., Summerfield, FL 34491. Call 352-307-7303

Hope Lutheran Church, Lake Weir Campus
They only provide free food one day per week from 10495 SE Sunset Harbor Road, Summerfield, Fl 34491. Call 352.750.2321
The free pantry is open Thursday from 10am until noon. They help those who are "food insecure" and that need groceries, support and advice.

Circle Hands Food Pantry, Inc.
821 NE 36 Terrace, Ocala, Florida 34470. Main number is 863-243-3998
/whether free canned groceries, or fresh produce to families with children, there is free food from the Marion County pantry. Bread, dairy, milk, baby formula, canned meat and more.

Mt Zion United Methodist Church
Location is 4251 NW 155 St., Reddick, Florida 32686. Call 352-591-2476

First Baptist of Ft McCoy Pantry
Ft. McCoy, FL 32134. for location and hours, dial 352-236-0789

Shores Assembly of God, Inc
Main address -s 206 Midway Rd, Ocala, FL 34472. Call 352-687-6190

Pentecostal Church of God Pantry
11764 SE Hwy 301, Belleview, Florida 34420. Call 352-291-1462

Gateway to Hope Pantry
A soup kitchen and free pantry are on site. Address is 3803 NE 7th St., Ocala, FL 34470. Call 352-694-3414
Free hot meals, canned groceries, and other support. There are meals at Easter, Thanksgiving, as well as Christmas. Or get Rice, Pasta, and Other Pantry Staples. They feed the homeless, poor, immigrant or migrant farm workers and others.

His Compassion
Address is 2000 NE 78 St., Ocala, Florida 34475. Dial 352-351-0732

Interfaith Emergency Services
435 NW 2nd Street
Ocala, FL 34478-0992
Telephone - (352) 629-8868

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 10AM as well as the first Wednesday night of each month from 6PM to 8PM. 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.

Addition free food programs in Marion County Florida near you

There are dozens of other food pantries and soup kitchens in central Florida and Marlon County. They feed the poor, hungry, elderly and others. Dial 312.732.5500 or 407.295.1066 for referrals. Everything from Meals on Wheels to USDA government backed commodities, applications to SNAP food stamp, and other forms of free food assistance is offered.

 

By Jon McNamara

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