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Free food banks North Carolina

Low income families and people facing a hardship will get free groceries as well as household supplies from North Carolina food banks, soup kitchens, distribution centers and free pantries. The non-profit centers in NC listed below operate in every county across the state. Many are open daily with robust hours. A number of assistance programs, even including applications to SNAP food stamps (FNS), WIC vouchers, healthy cooking classes and other support is offered.

Many of the food banks that are near you are part of Feeding America. This non-profit also partner with charities and agencies such as soup kitchens, churches, the Salvation Army, shelters, and companies. There are hunger prevention programs for children, seniors and adults in NC. They do this in order to combine resources to help as many people as possible. Any one of the food banks may rely on these partners to distribute food at the local level to those individuals who need the most assistance.

A food bank in North Carolina is also a great place to stop by to learn about other resources that are available to families during a difficult time. For example, a volunteer at a pantry can advise the client on government programs or local charities. Learn about food stamps, where to go for free Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, and others items such as dog or cat food, baby formula or diapers. In addition, if the need is just for infant supplies, then find free diaper and baby supplies in North Carolina.

A sampling of food banks and pantries in North Carolina are below. If a location is not near you, call a nearby location to find other distribution centers in your county as there are thousands of sites across the state. There is also a phone number at the bottom of this page for referrals to other local free food pantries in NC and distribution centers near you.

Food banks and pantries in your county in NC

A number of other food pantries are located across the state. Find phone numbers, addressees, and more information on various centers and food banks in your city or county in North Carolina. These are specific to those regions, or find a wider ranging list below.

Regional food, grocery and non-profit distribution centers in NC

MANNA FoodBank provides assistance in the western part of the state and the mountains of NC. They work with hundreds of local charities, churches, and non-profit food pantries as well as soup kitchens. Programs include Meals on Wheels, Mobile Pantries, cooking and wellness classes and more. There is also a Kids Cafe & Afterschool Snack Program and other social services programs,, including applications to SNAP food stamps as well as details on what surprising items SNAP pay for.




The western NC food bank services many counties. They include Avery, Buncombe NC, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Mc Dowell, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Swain, Transylvania, as well as Yancey County. For information or referrals, the address is 627 Swannanoa River Rd, Asheville, NC 28805. Call 828.299.3663

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina provides hunger prevention and food assistance in North Carolina and also down south. In NC, the region assisted is Anson, Burke, Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Rowan, Rutherford, Stanly and Union County. Get free groceries, baby formula, referral to government benefits, and other resources to fight food insecurity.

They work with churches and non-profits across NC and the community. It provides them with food, holiday meals, and other support, and those charities then help the low-income. Location is 500 B Spratt St., Charlotte, NC 28206. Call 704.376.1785

Food Bank of the Albemarle has many volunteers and staff. This non-profit distributes canned goods, groceries, baby formula, gift cards, surplus government commodities and other resources to churches and pantries in the region. They also hold classes and workshops, such as how to shop using Unit Pricing and how to cook (and pay for) healthy meals. Those locations then distribute the items to clients, seniors and low income families.

They help residents of Beaufort, Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Martin, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington Counties. The address is 109 Tidewater Way, Elizabeth City, NC 27906. For information dial 252.335.4035.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina provides free food, meals, groceries and more to Bladen, Cumberland, Duplin, Harnett, Hoke, Robeson, and Sampson counties. Both central and the southeastern part of the state are supported. Fruits, vegetables, breads, meats, and frozen goods may all be served. Or get applications to Commodity Supplemental Food Program, Summer meals, Backpack programs for kids who depend on school lunches and other USDA services. The address is 406 Deep Creek Road, Fayetteville, NC 28302. Call 910.485.8809





Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina supports dozens of counties as well as counties. The cities include Durham, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh, Sandhills, as well as Wilmington. There are partnerships with pantries (mobile and fixed locations), soup kitchens, and charities in those places to help feed the hungry, children, single moms and others. The non-profit partners with churches and pantries.

The counties in which assistance is offered include Brunswick, Carteret, Chatham, Columbus, Craven, Duplin, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Granville, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Moore, Nash, New Hanover, Onslow, Orange, Pamlico, Pender, Person, Pitt, Richmond, Sampson, Scotland, Vance, Wake, Warren, Wayne, and Wilson County

 They are the largest Feeding America affiliate in the state. Get everything from referrals to groceries to applications to USDA benefits such as Summer Feeding Program, SNAP food stamps, WIC and more. The main address is 1924 Capital Boulevard, Raleigh, NC 27604. Call 919.875.0707.

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle also provides help in more central part of the state. The region includes Wake, Durham, Johnston, Orange, Chatham, Nash and Edgecombe counties. Mobile pantries, Meals on Wheels for the elderly or disabled and help for children who need a food on the table. There are emergency services as well as long term benefits. The main address is 1001 Blair Drive, Raleigh, NC 27620. Call 919.250.0043 for information on hours and emergency services.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina help the low income, working poor, unemployed and others in Alamance, Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Caldwell, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Forsyty, Guilford, Iredell, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin County.

Second Harvest/Feeding America has dozens of programs and partners with local food banks and meal sites. In addition to referrals to regional pantries, inquire into applications for government programs such as WIC / Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. It is based at 3655 Reed Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27107 Call 336.784.5770.

Chapel Hill Interfaith Council Community House & Kitchen: Shelter and Meals
1 W Rosemary St
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Dial the pantry at (919) 929-6380
Hot meals, lunches, emergency food boxes and more are passed out. Senior citizens, families with children, and the working poor can get support.




Food Runners Collaborative Inc.
1001 Blair Dr.
Raleigh - North Carolina, 27603
(919) 856-1823

Second Harvest Food Bank - Mount Gilead
105 S Main St.
Mount Gilead - North Carolina, 27306
Dial - (910) 439-4407
Free meals, food, and perishable items are offered for the low income and homeless.

Western Wake Crisis Ministry
1600 Olive Chapel Rd Ste 408, Apex, NC 27502
Call 919-362-0657
Call the center in a crisis. Emergency bags of groceries, free food, maybe baby formula and more is offered. Other aid includes holiday meals and turkeys, clothing, and snacks for students.

The Storehouse
1049 Spartanburg Hwy,
Hendersonville, NC 28792
(828) 692-8300
The Storehouse was founded in May 2000. Almost 200 people per month get free food, clothing, counseling, and prayer. The non-profit is also able to help people in the surrounding community through Community Food Distributions, sponsored by Manna Food Bank. Several different assistance programs that serve different needs throughout the year. For example, they provide food and groceries on a weekly basis. Numerous other low income and senior programs are also offered as well.

Hendersonville Community Coop
60 S Charleston Ln
Hendersonville, NC 28792
Phone number is (828) 693-0505
The homeless in the community can get a meal. Other social services for Mecklenburg County include clothes, shelter, and advice.







Raleigh Rescue Mission: Shelter and Meals
Address: 314 E. Hargett Street
Raleigh - NC
telephone - (919) 828-9014
The homeless can get a place to stay and hot meals. A thrift store may sell holiday gifts and other seasonal supplies as well.

Information on other North Carolina food banks and free distribution centers

In total a couple thousand food banks, pantries, soup kitchens, and other nutritional assistance programs are located in North Carolina. Dial 1 (888) 689-1447 or 919.875.0707 to find other options in your area, or look here for Hunger Prevention services in NC, that may be near you.


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