Monroe County Pennsylvania free food pantries.

In an emergency, or for long term support, free food banks in Monroe County Pennsylvania as well as soup kitchens assist residents. The charities and churches that operate these services work to help address hunger as well as the lack of basic needs in the community. Call a distribution center for hours of operation as well as to learn how to apply.

The locations across Stroudsburg as well as the county of Monroe have volunteers that work at them. There are also some full time case managers. Between the two, they not only run the food pantries but also collect donations, serve meals, and keep the cupboards full. There are sites in Bushkill, Canadensis, Cresco, Bartonsville, East Stroudsburg, Effort, Kunkletown, Tobyhanna, Mt. Pocono, Saylorsburg, Stroudsburg, Swift-water, and other towns.

Qualified families can get help with everything from a box of groceries to applications for SNAP food stamps, diapers, infant formula, financial aid and more. Other material items and seasonal services from the pantries as well as local churches range from winter clothes to Christmas toys or holiday meals. For more information on faith based groups, locate financial help from churches.

Common Ground Ministry
Address of the pantry - 205 Route 196
Phone: 570-801-2699
The charity is open on the fourth Sunday only from 1:00PM-2:30PM.

Bushkill Outreach
12 Route 209
Bushkill, PA 18324
Phone: 570-588-0660
The food bank has groceries, baby formula, household supplies such as paper products, and much more. Low income families from Monroe County should bring proof of residency.





Route 447 High Acres Park
Canadensis, PA 18325
The site is open Mondays and the first Saturday from 8:00AM-11:30AM.

Cresco Community Food Pantry
6048 Paradise Valley Road
Cresco, PA 18326
Residents need to make an appointment. Non-perishable food is arranged. Or learn about welfare benefits, food stamps, and get linkage to WIC vouchers. Summer meals and snacks are also for hungry children out of school.

East Stroudsburg Salvation Army
Address: 226 Washington Street
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
Phone: 570-421-3050
Financial aid for bills/housing is combined with basic needs in Monroe County. There is a free food pantry, clothing closet, thrift store, and seasonal programs. Family services include free Christmas toys or school supplies for children. They also deliver meals to senior citizens and feed the homeless.

Loaves and Fishes
5139 Milford Road
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
Phone: the church group at 570-223-8012 for hours.





New Life In Christ Ministries
Main address is 49 Dansbury Avenue
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
Phone: 570-424-8486

Supplemental Food Resource Center (Effort UMC)
Main location - 178 Merwinsburg Road
Effort, PA 18330
Phone number of the non-profit - 570-629-1890

Seed of Faith Ministries
Address is 1087 Scenic Drive
Kunkletown, PA 18058
Phone number: 610-951-4303
Meals (including at Thanksgiving and Christmas) are combined with fresh food, hygiene goods such as soap, canned groceries, and other items. There may also be baby formula or supplies for infants, such as diapers.

Feeding Families
Location: 110 View Court
Mt. Pocono, Pennsylvania 18334
Phone number: 570-997-3702

Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network
Address of the charity food bank: Greenview & Mcilhaney Streets,
Saylorsburg, PA 18353
Hours of Operation: Tuesdays 9:30AM- 11:30AM

Christ Episcopal Church
205 North 7th Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360
Phone: 570-421-7481
The location is only open on Saturdays.




The Lord's Cupboard
700 Hammond Lane
Stroudsburg, PA 18360
Telephone: 570-426-3419
Hours are 1st and 3rd Tuesdays only from 4:00PM-7:00PM.

Oasis of Love, Inc
814 Monroe Street
Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania 18360
Phone: 570-972-0838
Appointments are needed. The working poor, disabled, and seniors can apply. Free food, holiday meals, a delivery service, and even basic needs are available at the thrift store.

Cresco Community Soup Kitchen
6048 Paradise Valley Road
Cresco, PA 18326
Phone: 570-595-2000
Only Sunday meals are served, mostly lunches.

Stroudsburg Wesleyan Church
915 5th Street
Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania 18360
Phone: 570-421-0750

Eglise Evangelical De La Renaissance - Upper Swiftwater Road
Pantry location: 129 Lower Swiftwater Road
Swiftwater, PA 18370
Phone: 570-895-2344

New Life In Christ Church
Route 196 (Tobyhanna Shopping Center)
Tobyhanna, PA 18466
Call 570-426-1021

Pocono Mountain Ecumenical Hunger Ministry
Address: 5550 Memorial Boulevard
Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania 18466
5Intake line: 70-894-2072
Volunteers offer counseling, a hot meal or drink, and emergency food boxes. Or free winter hats or boots are given out to kids and job seekers.





East Stroudsburg UM (Soup Kitchen)
Address: 83 South Courtland Street
East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania 18301
Phone: 570-421-3280
It is open on holidays. Turkeys meals, fruits, and the toppings are served to the needy in Monroe County. Children may be given small gifts or Christmas stocking items too.

For more information on food assistance programs, call the local Feeding America affiliate at 610.434.0875. They coordinate emergency and long term services for struggling households.


By Jon McNamara

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