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McLennan County food banks, soup kitchens and free pantries.

Low income families can get help from free food pantries in McLennan County. The centers, many of which are located at churches and charities in the region, help feed the hungry as well as working poor in the region. The charitable soup kitchens or food pantries near you are open limited hours and days of the week, but do their best to provide free groceries, referrals or food in a crisis. They do not want to turn anyone away. If needed, find a toll free referral number at the bottom of the page for more information.

The food banks not only have groceries or serve meals, but they provide other items. Based on donation levels, some of these Waco and McLennan County pantries may have the following.

-Soup kitchens are at sites and may serve hot meals, including at Christmas or Thanksgiving.
-Basic household supplies, including clothing, cleaning items, and free hygiene items.
-Centers also partner with Feeding America to provide applications to CAFB - Fresh Food for Families (FFFF), SNAP, WIC vouchers, and more.

Some of the locations are as noted below. Anyone seeking help can either drop in at a pantry (though hours are limited) or call for an appointment.

McLennan County outlet of Capital Area Food Bank
Call 512-973-9203
This non-profit is a source of referrals. Seniors, families with children and others can learn about mobile food pantries, SNAP food stamp application sites, and other programs.

Church of the Open Door
900 North Loop 340
Waco, Texas 76705
Telephone: 254-799-2656
The food pantry is open Monday to Wednesday from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.




Hands of Mercy
3301 Clay Street
Waco, Texas 76711
For hours, call 254-752-2293
The charity food bank is open one day per month. Canned groceries, perishable food such as fruit, vegetables, and baby formula may be served.

One-Stop Resource Center
5034 Franklin Avenue
Waco, TX 76710
They only help children, or single parents with kids. Food, referrals, clothing for work, or free school supplies are for McLennan County households with children under the age of 18. There are also applications for disability, SNAP food stamps, or USDA school lunch and breakfast program.

Shepherd’s Heart – Lorena
307 E. Center St
Lorena, Texas 76655
Main number is 254-857-4540





Acts Church
Address: 300 S 13th St
Waco, TX 76701
Phone: (254) 759-1800
There is a food bank and soup kitchen. While donations determine inventory, there may be items such as Canned Tuna / Fish, Oatmeal, Rice, Toilet Paper, detergent and more.

Carver Park Baptist Church - Shepherd's Heart Carver Park
1020 Herring Ave
Waco, TX 76704
Phone: (254) 799-2766

Salvation Army
500 S 4th St.
Waco, TX 76706
Phone – 254-756-7276
Social Services in McLennan County include free Christmas toys and meals, shelter, and a food pantry. There is also financial aid for bills, school supplies and snacks for children, and Meals on Wheels volunteer type programs for seniors. Find more on free food from Salvation Army in Waco.

Saint Francis
315 Jefferson Avenue
Waco, TX 76701
Call the church at 254-752-3254

Shepherd's Heart Food Pantry
Address is 1401 North 34th Street
Waco, TX 76710
Donated may include dry and canned goods, vouchers for a grocery store such as Wal-Mart, or paper products.

Victorious Life Church
7459 South Interstate Highway 35
Robinson, TX 76706
The non-profit provides free food on Sunday and Wednesday. There are also holiday food baskets, meals, snacks for children, and other services.





Bread of Life - Greater Waco Baptist Church
Location is 910 E. Loop 340
Waco, Texas 76705
Phone number is 254-799-0229
Assistance is for residents in the zip codes of Serves 76704, 76705, 76624, 76640, 76691 and also the 76684 region.

Caritas of Waco
300 S.15th St.
Waco, Texas 76701
Call 254-753-4593
When applying for groceries, bring proof of income and residency. There are groceries for immigrants, referrals to housing and public benefits, and other assistance provided. Get paper products, feminine products, and free food for immigrants as well.

Antioch Benevolence
Address is 2011 Fort St.
Waco, TX 76707
A soup kitchen and pantry are on site.

Shepherd's Heart- Carver Park
1020 E. Herring Ave
Waco, Texas 76704
telephone number - 254-722-9517

Shephard Heart Church in Elm Mott region
14781 N IH 35
Elm Mott, Texas 76640
Main number is 254-829-6016
A clothing closet as well as pantry are at the non-profit. Get pasta, Tomato sauce, Canned Beans, personal hygiene supplies and more.





Other free food and meal assistance programs in McLennan County

For more information or referrals to emergency food assistance programs near you, dial 512.282.2111. Charities have applications to USDA Commodities, or the disabled in McLennan County can apply for a meal delivery service. There are many other resources too, ranging from free emergency food pantries to meals for migrant workers, food stamps for the unemployed and more.


By Jon McNamara

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