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Monroe County Indiana food banks and pantries.

Many of the free food pantries in Monroe County Indiana serve a limited area, and they also work closely with Township Trustees. The assistance is for anyone in a hardship, whether they are low to moderate income or someone having a one time crisis. There may be groceries, clothing, perishable supplies, Christmas meals, and even clothing. Each agency offers their own support.

Normally the distribution of groceries is limited to certain days of the week. The food banks, most of which are in Bloomington, may only provide help a few times per month; the hours of each center varies. It is recommended to call in advance.

In addition to food in a crisis, many pantries operate clothing banks or run holiday programs. This means they give out items such as free Turkeys at Thanksgiving, clothing for work or school, Christmas food baskets, and even toys. The primary Monroe County charities to try are listed below.

Township Trustees
-Bloomington is at 2111 W. Fountain Drive, Bloomington, Indiana 47404. Dial (812) 336-4976. They offer both perishable and nonperishable food to persons in need. Limited service area to only struggling families in the ton.
-Perry township, 1010 South Walnut Street, Suite A, Bloomington, IN 47401, dial (812) 336-3713
-Richland, 102 South Park Street, Ellettsville, IN 47429, dial (812) 876-2509
Benton township is at 7616 East State Road 45, Benton Township Fire Department, Unionville, IN, 47468, dial (812) 339-6593




First United Methodist Church
The location is 219 East 4th Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47408
Main phone - (812) 332-6396
The Monroe County pantry is only open on Wednesday, and will give at most one free bag of groceries to qualified applicants.

Grace Center
Main address is 9206 South Old State 37
Bloomington, IN 47403
Call (812) 272-9472
This is an emergency client choice food pantry.





Highland Faith Assembly Of God
Address is 4782 West State Road 48
Bloomington, IN 47404
Main phone - (812) 332-3707. Call for an appointment first.

Monroe County United Ministries
Location is 827 West 14th Court
Bloomington, Indiana 47404
Dial (812) 339-3429 for information.
A clothing closet and food pantry are on site. Winter hats, groceries, dairy items, baby formula, vegetables, cold weather coats, and other goods are available on site. There are also vouchers for school supplies.

Mother Hubbard's Cupboard
Main address is 1100 West Allen Street
Bloomington, IN 47403
For intake, dial (812) 355-6843
The non-profit can assist with given the following items. Diapers, canned groceries, fresh perishable goods, and much more.

Salvation Army Bloomington
Food bank and thrift store address - 111 North Rogers Street
Bloomington, IN 47404
Dial (812) 336-4310
Many social services are run by this Monroe County church. Apply for baby formula, adult incontinence supplies, Thanksgiving or Christmas meals, and regular boxes of food. There may also be financial aid for paying bills as well as case management. Or get help in applying for SNAP food stamps or WIC.

Second Baptist Church
Address is 321 North Rogers Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47404
Main phone: (812) 336-5827




Smithville Community Center
Location is 7555 Strain Ridge Road
Bloomington, IN 47401
Main phone - (812) 325-4072
The pantry may have free nonperishable food, toiletries, and cleaning supplies.

Area 10 Agency On Aging
Location is 631 West Edgewood Drive
Ellettsville, Indiana 47429
(812) 876-3383 ext. 535
They focus on helping senior citizens as well as the disabled. There is also a Meals on Wheels service. Food, congregate lunches, and parties are held. There is also recreational activities and information on Medicare in Indiana.

Ellettsville First United Methodist Church
Main location is 803 West Temperance Street
Ellettsville, Indiana 47429
Phone: (812) 876-4792

The Hoosier Hills Food Bank is a regional center. It provides referrals to pantries, information on USDA food programs, surplus commodities, and more. Dial (812) 334-8374 for information.



By Jon McNamara

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