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City and county of Milwaukee free food pantries and soup kitchens

Free emergency food pantries, soup kitchens as well as food banks in Milwaukee as well as the surrounding county provide families with free, healthy, nutritious food or hot meals. The centers offer all sorts of groceries, perishable items, meats, breads, baby formula, ensure for seniors, and other nutritious stuff to those in need. There will also often be Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners or personal toiletries or hygiene supplies. Find a free food pantry near you below, as well as a phone number for referrals at the bottom of the bottom

While the food banks, pantries, and feeding sites in Milwaukee County rely on donations and excess government commodities, the pantries may have fresh produce, meats, canned goods, breads and various types of nutritional supplements. Most partner with the local Hunger Task Force. There are also many free soup kitchens in the Milwaukee County region for hot meals, including at Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

The primary goal of the food pantries across Milwaukee is to both help someone make it through a difficult period, while at the same time improving the health of low-income people, children and senior citizens, especially those who are at risk of malnutrition. The distribution centers allow individuals the ability to pick up a monthly box of groceries from a location near them, whether it is a church or an emergency food pantry. Some centers even provide holiday and Christmas meals or gifts. For additional help, find other charities for free stuff.

AIDs Resource Center Of Wisconsin
820 N Plankinton Ave.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203
Main phone numbers to call are (414) 225-1515
Food and resources are offered for HIV and AIDs patients and their families. Housing and shelter may also be provided, as well as information on government medical programs and health care.

Career Youth Development
2601 N Martin Luther King Dr.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53212
Phone number – (414) 264-6888

 

 

 

Central Church Of Christ
Address: 2211 N 18th St.
Milwaukee, WI 53205
Telephone number - (414) 265-4100
The church provides hot and cold meals, free food, groceries, and other forms of support to Milwaukee families faced with poverty, unemployment, or who are facing a difficult period. There is also help for the homeless, including lodging or a meal.

Church Of The Good Hope United Methodist Church
Location is 8700 W Good Hope Rd
Milwaukee, WI 53224
Call the church at (414) 354-8899

Hope House Of Milwaukee, Inc.
209 W Orchard St.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53204
Phone - (414) 645-2122

Hunger Task Force, Inc. – There are several pantries that are part of this non-profit organizations. They are noted below. The non-profit is one of the counties largest hunger fighting organizations. Several programs and services are offered to help alleviate hunger in the region. Government surplus food, meals, perishable items, and fresh food is offered. Case managers also have information on government benefits, such as SNAP food stamps. Dial (414) 777-0483 to learn more. Or stop by a location below.

  • United Southside Food Pantry
    Address: 209 W Orchard St., Milwaukee, WI 53204
  • Agape Community Center – Bethesda Community Senior Citizens Center
    6100 N 42nd St Milwaukee, WI 53209 as well as 2845 W Fond Du Lac Ave Milwaukee, WI 53210
  • Beulah Brinton Community Center
    2555 S Bay St. Milwaukee, WI 53207
  • Central City Churches Outreach Ministry
    3022 W Wisconsin Ave Our Saviors Lutheran Church Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53208
  • Church Of The Good Hope United Methodist
    Location of this Hunger Task Force, Inc. center is 8700 W Good Hope Rd Milwaukee, WI 53224

 

 

 

 

  • City Of Greenfield
    7325 W Forest Home Ave Greenfield, Wisconsin 53220
  • Clinton & Bernice Rose Senior Center
    3045 N Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Milwaukee, WI 53212
  • Family Life Center At St. Stephen
    1441 W Oakwood Rd Oak Creek, WI 53154
  • Full Shelf Food Pantry, Inc.
    231 Municipal Dr West Bend, WI 53095
  • Greentree Teutonia
    3744 W Greentree Rd Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53209 is the location of this center.
  • Grobschmidt Senior Center
    2424 15th Ave South Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53172
  • Grobschmidt Senior Center
    2424 15th Ave South Milwaukee, WI 53172
  • Hart Park Senior Center
    7300 Chestnut St Wauwatosa, WI 53213
  • Hartford Senior Center
    730 Highland Ave Hartford, WI 53027
  • Hmong American Friendship Association
    3824 W Vliet St Milwaukee, WI 53208
  • House Of Peace Community Center
    1702 W Walnut St Milwaukee, WI 53205
  • Jackson Area Community Center
    N165 W20330 Hickory Lane Jackson, WI 53037
  • Kelly Senior Center
    6100 S Lake Dr. Cudahy, Wisconsin 53110
  • Mcgovern Park Senior Center – Part of the Milwaukee charity organization known as Hunger Task Force, Inc. Call for food and other aid.
    4500 W Custer Ave Milwaukee, WI 53218
  • Milwaukee Christian Center
    2137 W Greenfield Ave Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53204
  • Northcott Neighborhood House
    2460 N 6th St Milwaukee, WI 53212
  • Northwest Baptist Church
    Address: 4353 N 92nd St Milwaukee, WI 53222
  • Oasis Senior Center
    2414 W Mitchell St Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53204
  • Project Concern Of Cudahy / St Francis
    4611 S Kirkwood Ave Cudahy, WI 53110
  • Risen Savior Lutheran Church
    9550 W Brown Deer Rd Milwaukee, WI 53224
  • Silver Spring Neighborhood Center
    5460 N 64th St. Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53218
  • South Milwaukee Human Concerns
    1029 Milwaukee Ave South Milwaukee, WI 53172
  • St Hyacinth's Congregation
    1414 W Becher St Milwaukee, WI 53215
  • St James Catholic Church
    Address - 7219 S 27th St. Franklin, Wisconsin 53132
  • United Community Center - Senior Center
    1028 S 9th St Milwaukee, WI 53204
  • United Methodist Children's Service
    3910 W Lisbon Ave Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53208
  • Unity Missionary Baptist Church
    3835 W Fond Du Lac Ave Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53216
  • Village Of Hales Corners
    5885 S 116th St Lower Level Hales Corners Public Library Hales Corners, WI 53130
  • Washington Park Senior Center
    Location is 4420 W Vliet St Milwaukee, WI 53208
  • Wilson Park Senior Center
    2601 W Howard Ave Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53221

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salvation Army food pantries
There are several in the county, and a couple are noted below. Everything from thrift stores for clothing to free groceries or emergency boxes of food are passed out to those that are struggling, including seniors. They may also coordinate free home delivered meals and offer Christmas assistance. Free Thanksgiving turkeys are often served too. One address is 1725 South 13th Street, call (414) 384-9992, while the pantry for the Western side of the city, dial (414) 342-9191. Or find additional Salvation Army assistance programs in Milwaukee County.

Jewish Community Pantry
Main address is 2900 West Center Street
Milwaukee, WI 53210
(414) 967-8353

Sharon S.d.a
2379 N. Teutonia Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53206
(414) 264-0121
A free food pantry and soup kitchen help struggling families and individuals. There may be Peanut Butter, Bead, Dairy items, free canned groceries, and even Meals on Wheels for the homebound in city of Milwaukee. Or get applications to SNAP food stamps and benefits.

Metropolitan Baptist Church Pantry
1345 West Burleigh Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53206
Phone number is (414) 562-7200

Cross Lutheran Church
Location is 1821 N. 16th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53205
(414) 344-1746

Amani Community Food Pantry
2480 W. Locust
Milwaukee, WI 53206
Call (414)378-0551
Find toiletries, free canned groceries, laundry detergent, diapers,  bread, pasta, rice, perishable fruits and more items.

St. John Concordia C.m.e.
Main address is 300 West Concordia Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53212
For hours of the free food bank, call (414)264-9881

Restoration Church Inc.
3722 W Lisbon Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53208
(414)449-9664
A free, emergency food pantry is on site. There are also bag lunches of the homeless.

Veterans Services
Location of the office is 5500 W Greenfield Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53214
(414)444-8980
Get help with veteran benefits. Apply for housing, grants for bills, SNAP food stamps, cash aid and more. They work to stop hunger and homelessness of veterans in Milwaukee County.

 

 

 

 

African Immigrant Ministry - Bethany Lutheran Church
Charity address is 2031 N. 38th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53208
(414)467-2642
The free food pantry has canned and fresh food. There are also Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas food baskets.

Iglesia Pentecostal Jehova Rafa
3500 W Oklahoma Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53215
(414) 234-0347

Eastbrook Church - Food Pantry
5385 N Green Bay Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53209
For hours of the food bank, call (414)228-5220

Bethany Lutheran Church
2031 N. 38th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53208
(414) 444-3777 or (414)444-3131
Get free food, toiletries, soup, laundry detergent, toilet paper, diapers (as available). They get donations from charities as well as companies in Milwaukee County.

Pleasant Hill M.b. Church
3934 W Fond Du Lac Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53216
For hours of the food bank and feeding site, call (414)975-6359

Liberty & Truth Ministries
6109 W Fond Du Lac Avenue
Milwaukee 53218
(414)463-3733

Bethel Tabernacle C.o.g.i.c
5419 W. Hampton Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53218
(414)461-1848

Gospel Lutheran Food Pantry
1535 West Capital Drive
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53209
(414)234-1708
Free groceries from the charity may be dried beans and fruit; canned meat, spaghetti and sauce; vegetable soup; vegetable mix; holiday food boxes; peanut butter; instant milk; and applications to the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

 

 

 

 

The Gathering On State Street
Location is 924 W. State Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Telephone number - (414)272-4122

Operation Dream
1521 N. River Center Dr.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53212
(414)226-5305

New Hope Missionary Baptist Church
Address is 2433 W. Roosevelt Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53209
(414)871-0350

Faith Santa Fe Lutheran Church Pantry
1000 S. Layton Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53215
Telephone number is (414) 645-3574

West Care Wisconsin
335 West Wright Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212
(414)239-9359

Macedonia Mb Church
7265 N. Teutonia Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53209
(414)228-6779
The free food bank (and clothing closet) generally gives out free boxes of groceries, as resources allow. There may be meat (frozen or canned), soup or peanut butter, vegetables (fresh or canned), pasta, starches, Dried Beans, and more. Also free household cleaning products, toilet paper, hand sanitizer and more may be in the pantry.

Lamb Of God Missionary Baptist Church
Main address - 8415 W. Bradley Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53224
For hours of free food and grocery programs, dial (414)355-2123

St. Rose Of Lima Parish
528 North 31st Street
Milwaukee, WI 53208
(414) 342-1778

Mission Of Christ Lutheran Pantry
Address is 912 W. Center Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53206
(414)264-4050
Free holiday meals, canned groceries, Turkey dinners or Ham, small Christmas toys, and even clothes for winter for children or the elderly.

 

 

 

 

Northside Church Of God - Milwaukee
Primary address is 4858 N. 19th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53209
Telephone number - (414)372-6612

Milwaukee Synagogue For Russian
3213 N. Oakland Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53211
(414) 961-0234

Monumental Baptist Church
Address is 2407 W. North Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53205
(414)933-4224
They help kids eat during the summer and holiday times (when free school lunches are not in effect), and there is also a free, emergency food pantry. The poor, unemployed, single mothers and others can get assistance.

Interchange Food Pantry
Address is 130 East Juneau Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202
Call (414) 551-2184
Free groceries, paper products, toilet paper, and other goods are generally passed out a few times per week.

Milwaukee Christian Center
Center address - 2137 W Greenfield Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53204
(414) 645-5350
Individuals of all religions and background can get food, groceries, counseling, and help. There are other church assistance programs in Milwaukee.

Sweet Communion Baptist Church Food Pantry
3765 N. 35th St.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Non-perishable groceries are available from the full food pantry on site.

Spirit of Peace Lutheran Church
Location is 5505 W Lloyd Street
Milwaukee, WI 53208
Call (414) 476-3189

Milwaukee County St. Vincent De Paul Society
Various free pantries, clothing closets, and social programs are administered. They may also give out free hygiene supplies, personal toiletries, laundry detergent, soap, and similar goods. There are multiple conferences, including the following.

  • St. Rita Catholic Church, Church address is 2318 S 61 St St., West Allis, Wisconsin 53214, Phone number - (414) 541-7515
  • St. Gregory at 3160 S.63 RD Street, phone (414)543-8292
  • Several other SVDP parishes also support the low income and poor. More on SVDP Milwaukee food programs.

Sherman Park Food Pantry
Milwaukee, WI 53216
Main phone number - 414-871-9440

Northcott Neighborhood House
Address is 2460 North 6th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Call (414) 372-3770
Free fruits, ingredients, vegetables, milk, canned groceries and other items are available.

Bay View Community Center
Location is 1320 East Oklahoma Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53207
Assistance programs range from a free food pantry to clothing bank. There may be meals for the homeless, including at Christmas. Single moms are also major users of the center. Or get referrals to SNAP food stamps, financial aid and more.

House of Peace
Food pantry and soup kitchen at 1702 West Walnut Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53205
Phone - (414) 933-1300

 

 

 

 

Friedens Community Ministries / Despensa de la Paz
Address is 1220 W Vliet St
Milwaukee, WI 53205
(414) 289-6030
They support people that have falling through the social safety net in Milwaukee. The charity may have emergency food, groceries, fruits, vegetables, Thanksgiving or Christmas meals, gifts, clothing, and various other forms of non-financial assistance. Since they partner with social services, also get help in applying for public assistance like food stamps, summer meals, and more.

Find additional free food or hot meals in Milwaukee County near you

Those are just some of the centers to contact in Milwaukee. For additional locations, or referrals, call 414-931-7400. Major non-profits such as Feeding America partner with local pantries on programs such as free school lunches for children, they distribute government commodities, and help the low income and poor access free or low cost food.

By Jon McNamara

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