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Free food banks in Missouri.

Hundreds of food banks and pantries across Missouri hep low income or struggling residents. The locations near you, which are listed below, provide free food and groceries as well as other benefits. There is assistance to individuals and families who are struggling.

There are several primary agencies, such as Feeding America, that coordinate the hunger prevention efforts across the state. Additional regional and local non-profit distribution centers also operate in the state and those are listed by county. There is a toll free number to dial for information on the bottom of the page on other food pantries or soup kitchens that may be near you in Missouri.

The larger organizations partner with hundreds of other churches, charities, non-profits, and other social service organizations that operate in all towns and cities across Missouri. Many of the agencies do focus on the low income, elderly, and working poor, but usually people of all means can get some type of free food assistance, including Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. Other aid offered to the less fortunate in Missouri may include baby food, diapers, clothing, and more.

Tens of thousands of families are helped every year. Tens of millions of pounds of free  food are distributed to the low income, elderly, disabled and others every year. Do not hesitate to call these locations for free groceries, food, and nutritional support. Also find other financial assistance programs and resources in your county by asking a pantry in Missouri for referrals.

Local food banks and free pantries near you in Missouri

Each county and town will be serviced by local food distribution centers, churches, and other agencies. Find more information, including addresses and phone numbers, of additional pantries and food banks for your city or county in Missouri. Programs are specific to those locations, and can range from meals, emergency food boxes, hot meals, summer snacks, referrals to to food stamp and WIC application sites.

St. Louis Area Foodbank provides assistance in the city, metro area, and nearby counties. The main Feeding America center is at 70 Corporate Woods Drive, Bridgeton, MO 63044. Call 314.292.6262.




They partner with dozens of local churches, food pantries and soup kitchens to feed the hungry, poor, unemployed and low income. Get everything from free food to applications to CSFP - Commodity Supplemental Food Program, SNAP food stamps and more. Or sign up for programs such as Summer Feeding Program for kids, USDA Farm 2 School, SNAP Outreach and others. The counties supported include Crawford, Franklin, Gasconade, Iron, Jefferson, Lincoln, Montgomery, Pike, St. Charles, St. Francois, St. Louis, Warren, Washington, as well as Saint Louis City.

The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri is at 2101 Vandiver Drive, Columbia, MO 65202. As far as geographic area, This may be one of the largest non-profit distribution centers in the state. Thousands of unemployed families, the working poor, and elderly receive support. Everything from baby formula to emergency bags of groceries are served.

The Central and NE Missouri counties assisted include Adair, Audrain, Benton, Boone, Callaway, Camden, Chariton, Clark, Cole, Cooper, Howard, Knox, Lewis, Linn, Macon, Maries, Marion, Miller, Moniteau, Monroe, Morgan, Osage, Pettis, Phelps, Putnam, Ralls, Randolph, Saline, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby, as well as Sullivan County. Call 573.474.1020.

Harvesters - The Community Food Network supports counties and towns in Missouri as well. Frozen foods, perishable items, breads, dairy products and more may be served. The main address is 3801 Topping Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64129. Get free food, referrals, information on backpack program and more. Residents can dial 816.929.3000, and note the region includes Bates, Carroll, Cass, Clay, Henry, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Platte, as well as Ray.

Southeast Missouri Food Bank address is 600 State Highway H, Sikeston, MO 63801. Call 855.703.3663. Many perishable items and food is provided to locations and centers across the southern part of Missouri. There are also mobile pantries, culinary classes, SNAP Outreach, Nutrition Education and more. The counties are Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Sainte Genevieve, Scott, Stoddard, or Wayne Missouri.

Ozarks Food Harvest is for the Missouri counties of Barry, Barton, Cedar, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Dent, Douglas, Greene, Hickory, Howell, Jasper, Laclede, Lawrence, Mc Donald, Newton, Oregon, Ozark, Polk, Pulaski, St. Clair, Shannon, Stone, Taney, Texas, Vernon, Webster, and Wright

Assistance programs include, but are not limited too, Kids’ Backpack program as well as Meals on Wheels. There are surplus USDA commodities as well as referrals to local, free pantries. There is also Veterans Outreach & Distribution, Kids Caf, Healthy nutrional cooking and shopping resources and more. The location is 2810 N. Cedarbrook Ave, Springfield, MO 65803. Call 417.865.3411







Second Harvest Community Food Bank provides support, government commodities, and aid to churches and regional pantries, which then offer the goods to the general population. The address is 915 Douglas, St. Joseph, MO 64505. Call 816.364.3663. The non-profit administer several government and private food assistance programs. Lunches and snacks may be provided to students from the backpack program. Surplus USDA Commodities are offered to low income and working poor families. Other assistance includes canned goods and perishable food items for income qualified families in Missouri.

The region covered includes Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Caldwell, Clinton, Daviess, De Kalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt , Livingston, Mercer, Nodaway, and Worth. Get help from programs such as Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), Senior Brown Bag, Mobile Farm Markets and more.

Hillsboro Food Pantry Inc.
10399 Business 21
Hillsboro - Missouri 63050
Call the pantry at (636) 789-5920 for information

Central Missouri Food Bank and Pantry
Address: 1408 Indiana Ave
Columbia - MO 65203
Call (573) 874-7848 for hours and information.
Programs offered include canned food items, government commodities, and free food items.

Benton County Food Bank
121 Tower Dr.
Warsaw - Missouri 65355
Phone number - (660) 428-3500

Alternate Missouri food bank locations

For additional locations for free or low cost food in Missouri, there is a referral number in place. Call the Missouri Food Bank Association at 573-355-7758. The low to moderate income can also use free government food assistance benefits and other resources.

By Jon McNamara


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