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Free food pantries in New Orleans Parish area.

Food banks and clearinghouses in New Orleans provide assistance to the needy in the community. They offer free groceries, meals, distribute government surplus food and other perishable items to the low income, seniors, and those faced with poverty in the greater New Orleans area. There are free emergency food pantries near you as well as a toll free referral number at the bottom of this page for more information.

Each location runs its own programs and services. Some of what may be available includes fresh fruits and vegetables, hot or cold meals, breads, dairy products, baby formula or meals, and much more. There are often free Thanksgiving turkey dinners served as well as Christmas meals in New Orleans Parish. Some of the centers can help families meet other needs as well, by providing clothing, diapers, financial help for bills, medications, or offering free personal hygiene items. Or learn about SNAP food stamp application sites in Orleans Parish.

Food banks, soup kitchens, and charities across New Orleans provide assistance to thousands of local individuals per year. If you are struggling between feeding yourself and your family, or paying your bills or rent, or maybe need some food baskets around the holidays, then call or stop by one of the New Orleans food banks below for more information and assistance.

Central City Economic Opportunity Corporation (TCA), Emergency Food Clearinghouses
Address: 2020 Jackson Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70113
Phone number 504-524-3484
This is one of the local clearinghouses. So they distribute free government surplus food and meals to the needy and income qualified individuals across New Orleans. Can include fruits, rice, meats, and much more.

Desire Area Community Council, Inc.
4121 Saint Claude Avenue, Suite B
New Orleans, LA
Dial 504-301-1527




Irish Channel Action Foundation
Clearinghouse address: 1813 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Primary phone number - 504-525-1940

Saint Bernard Community Council
Location is 3233 1/2 Saint Bernard Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70119
Another one of the local Emergency Food Clearinghouses. Call for help, referrals, meals, and more.

Franklin Ave Baptist Church
Location is 2515 Franklin Ave
New Orleans, Louisiana 70117
Dial 504-488-8488 for hours.

Society of Saint Vincent de Paul - Orleans Parish
A faith based group with volunteers. They may deliver frozen food to seniors or the homebound. There is also a free pantry with rice, pasta, perishable food, canned meat, and other supplies. Or shop at a thrift store for utensils, pots and pans, and other supplies, including household or cleaning goods. More on food assistance New Orleans St. Vincent de Paul.

Lift Up My Name Higher
Main address is 1423 Pauline St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70117
Main phone - 504-599-9499
Orleans Parish families can turn to this center. They will also try to deliver a free meal or box of food to senior citizens in the immediate area.





St. Peter AME Church
3424 Eagle St
New Orleans, LA 70118
Phone: 504-866-2500; 504-908-6919
The pantry is only open on Wednesday.

St. Jude Community Center
Location is 400 N. Rampart St.
New Orleans, LA 70112
Call 985-288-7416

Holy Faith Temple Baptist Church
1325 Governor Nicholls St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
Main Phone: 504-525-0856
A soup kitchen feeds the hungry. Volunteers also collect surplus food and hygiene items for their clients.

TCA - Gert Town/Hollygrove MP
4821 Earhart Blvd
New Orleans, Louisiana 70125
A few days worth of groceries may be available in a crisis.

Just the Right Attitude
Food bank address - 13150 Interstate 10 Service Road
New Orleans, LA 70128
Primary phone number - 504-309-2492
Distributes food to the needy. They also partner with other local churches and food banks across New Orleans, and may offer Thanksgiving and Christmas meals.

NO/AIDS Food for Friends
New Orleans, Louisiana 70119
Call 04-821-2601

New Orleans Mission Meals Program
Address: 1130 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard
New Orleans, Louisiana 70113
A local soup kitchen. Call for meals, perishable items, holiday meals, including Thanksgiving and Christmas, and more. Of particular focus is on assisting the homeless in New Orleans. They may be served a hot meal, provided shelter, or placement into a shelter.





Feed the Hungry - Soup kitchen
Location is 1528 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70113
Main number 504-524-2959
Meals are served year round. The charity also has seasonal services, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas meals for families living in poverty.

Gretna Food Bank
1400 Jefferson St
Gretna, Louisiana 70053
Call (504) 367-6676

Noah's Ark Missionary Baptist Church
Food pantry address is 2840 S Saratoga St
New Orleans, LA 70115
Phone: (504) 895-2050

Various free food, groceries, and hygiene supplies may be offered. Children can get a meal or parents an emergency box of healthy food. There may be fruits, dairy, and other goods provided for free.

Orleans Parish - Holy Faith Temple Baptist - Soup Kitchen
Food bank address - 1325 Governor Nicholls Street
New Orleans, LA 70116
Phone number - 504-525-0856

Orleans Parish - New Orleans Mission
1130 Oretha Castle Hailey Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70113
Phone number is 504-523-2116
Second Harvest is the food assistance program administered here.

Orleans Parish - Pentecost Baptist Church
Main location is 1510 Harrison Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70122
Dial 504-283-8328

Catholic Charity churches
Many offer assistance. Spanish speakers, immigrants, the unemployed or sick and others may get help. Free personal hygiene or feminine goods, groceries, baby formula, and more. There may be paper goods, Pantry Staples, Rice, Peanut Butter, Tuna, clothes and other goods. Some New Orleans churches also have pantries for soap, detergent, shampoo, and similar goods. More on New Orleans Catholic Charities.

Central City Christian Fellowship
Address is 2138 4th St
New Orleans, LA 70113
Main phone - 504-891-5721
The pantry can help the working poor and unemployed. Free food, including summer snacks for students, are offered. They also try to arrange a Christmas meal and may have small gifts for children.





Hope House
916 St Andrew St
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: 504-525-2561; 504-522-4235
Non-perishable groceries such as rice, bread, and more is available at the charity run pantry.

Cosmopolitan Evangelist Baptist Church
1929 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70112

Iglesia Bautista Getsemani
Address is 5834 Elysian Fields Ave
New Orleans, Louisiana 70122
Phone number is 504-371-5824
A soup kitchen and emergency pantry are on site.

House of Faith COGIC
Address is 2229 Allen St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70119
Phone: 504-418-3689

Love Outreach Christian Center
501 Opelousas St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70114
Phone: 504-366-1050
A referral line is for struggling New Orleans residents. The ministry can refer clients to free food pantries, clothing centers, and public aid, among other programs.

Ozanam Inn Meals Program
Address: 843 Camp Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Phone 504-523-1184
This charity organization may be able to offer meals, food, or other support. Learn about or get referrals to local clothing closets, thrift stores, churches, or government programs, such as WIC. Read more on this component and get applications to WIC.

United Churches of Algiers
Address of food bank - 1111 Newton St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70114
Intake number is 504-361-1661







Total Community Action, Inc.
Main address is 1420 S Jefferson Davis Pkwy
New Orleans, LA 70125
Telephone - (504) 872-0334
The Orleans Parish Community Action Agency. They help the poor and inner city residents with employment, short term food, government grants and more. Case workers help the very low income apply for SNAP food stamps, WIC vouchers for formula, Commodity Supplemental Food Program, and more.

The Salvation Army - Multiple sites including 4546 S. Claiborne St, New Orleans, LA 70125, Phone: 504-899-4569.
This is just one of the local non-profits. Hot meals may be served. There can also be thanksgiving turkeys, Easter Baskets or Christmas meals. Case managers also direct low income Orleans Parish residents to financial aid and other social services. Or find other Salvation Army New Orleans assistance programs.

Ozanam Inn
Address is 843 Camp St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Phone: 504-523-1184

St Paul's United Church of Christ
Address: 600 Eleonore St
New Orleans, LA 70115
Call (504) 899-5183
The charity may have food pantry with dry and canned goods, fruits, paper products, vegetabls, and personal toiletries to those in need.

Infant Jesus of Prague Church
Address is 700 Maple Avenue
Harvey, LA 70058
Main phone - 504-368-1397
The charity may have free baby formula, diapers, and other help for new parents, including single moms. There is also a pantry on site.

Spay-Mart, Inc.
Address is 6601 Veterans Memorial Blvd
Metairie, Louisiana 70003
A pet food pantry and animal charity - (504) 454-8200
In a crisis, and based on donations, the low income qualified may be given free or low cost pet food, dog items, cat nip and more.

Love in Action Outreach
Address is 4607 Downman Rd
New Orleans, LA 70126
Telephone: 504-309-5898
Clients can get a box of food and referrals. Learn about local housing programs, WIC and food stamp application sites, and more.

District 1 Prince Hall Mason Food Pantry
709 N. Robertson St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
Intake number is 504-723-7848
The pantry may have food and infant formula, meat, fruits, and cleaning supplies.

Saint Joseph Church
Primary address: 1802 Tulane Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
Call the church food bank at 504-522-3186

Covenant Presbyterian Urban Ministry
2128 Felicity Street
New Orleans, LA 70113
A free food bank and pantry is on site. Volunteers and donations keep it running Cereal, local Meals on Wheels delivery for the elderly, tuna, meat, spam, baby wipes, formula, oatmeal, and more food and holiday meal services.





St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
Food bank and soup kitchen address is 1139 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Main Phone: (504) 525-4413

Additional food assistance programs in New Orleans parish area

For additional assistance, including referrals to free food pantries near you n New Orleans, dial 504.734.1322. A regional non-profit Feeding America site offers support. Low income families can learn about soup kitchens as well as pantries that provide free groceries, government aid such as free lunches or breakfasts to students, and surplus USDA commodities.

By Jon McNamara

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