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Free food pantries and groceries Oakland County Michigan.

Food pantries in Oakland County Michigan can provide assistance to those in need of help. Most centers give free groceries, personal hygiene supplies and items such as baby formula or Meals on Wheels services to the low income, families with children or seniors. However they will generally try not to turn someone away and give out free groceries most hours of the week, including today.

A number of free food banks, soup kitchens and emergency pantries near you operate across Pontiac and Oakland County Michigan. Find information on food pantries as well as distribution centers, along with a phone number at the bottom of the page for more food programs.

Several churches, charities and other pantries are focused on providing food as well as other household cleaning supplies or hygiene products to families and individuals across Oakland County Michigan. If you are faced with a crisis or short term hardship, then be sure to call a food bank near you or charity in the region. The staff will do their best to help the less fortunate.

These charitable centers help tens of thousands of people every year, even today. Call or stop by for information on how to get free food, groceries, and more. Or inquire into Thanksgiving turkey dinners, Christmas meals, or Easter food baskets. There is also support from government assistance programs, soup kitchens and pantries in Oakland County. The centers can also provide help in applying for school lunches, SNAP food stamps, and holiday meals and gifts.

St. Stephens Baptist Church
Address - 69 S. Astor St., Pontiac, Michigan 48342
Food distribution hours: 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the money, and it is open most hours of those days.
Telephone number - Phone number - 248-335-5873

Open Hands
26998 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak, Michigan 48067
Hours: M 1-4; Sat 9:30-12:30
Dial - 248-546-1255
The non-profit may have free emergency boxes of food, pass out clothing, and offer other support to people in poverty. They can also refer people to SNAP food stamps and other Michigan or federal programs.




Community Action Agency in Oakland County
The non-profit operates several emergency assistance programs as well as social services. The poor, unemployed, low income and those in poverty can apply for free bags of groceries or SNAP food stamps. There is also help in getting USDA or government benefits, grants, job placement and more. They fight hunger, poverty, and address other needs. Continue with assistance from Oakland County MI community action.

Eastside Church of Christ
Address of church - 149 Martin Luther King Dr., Pontiac, Michigan  48342
For hours of the pantry, call 248-335-9333
There may be free boxes of groceries, perishable items, soap, detergent and more. The pantry tries to help the low income and working poor daily with food and basic needs.

South Oakland Food Depot at St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store
Address is 28720 N Stephenson Hwy
Madison Heights, MI 48071
(248) 206-5644
Free non-perishable food and household supplies every Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  New clients must bring proof of income and an ID with proof of address for all household members receiving aid.

Robert Matchan Center
4640 Woodward, Pontiac, MI 48342
Hours: T-Th 8:30-2
Telephone number - 248-647-0767. Call for information or referrals to free food, groceries, and meals.

Lighthouse Emergency Services (Pontiac)
Address - 46156 Woodward Ave., Pontiac, Michigan 48342
Phone number - 248-920-6100
Lighthouse is a leading charity in the Pontiac Michigan area. They provide food, meals, and possibly financial assistance for bills, rent, and medications too. Or get help in applying for SNAP food stamps or WIC vouchers for baby formula. There may be dairy, bag lunches for the homeless and other aid.

New Bethel Baptist Church
Food pantry and thrift store address is 174 Branch St
Pontiac, Michigan 48341
Phone: (248) 334-3253





St. Damien of Molokai Parish Office
Location is 120 Lewis St
Pontiac, MI 48342
Call (248) 332-0283
A free client choice food bank. Donations and volunteers keep it running. Get free food for children, adults, or grandparents. Frozen as well as fresh food.

Baldwin Center
Soup kitchen is at 212 Baldwin Ave
Pontiac, Michigan 48342
(248) 332-6101
They serve the homeless. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner may be served.

First United Methodist Church
Food bank at church - 14 E. Judson St., Pontiac, MI 48342
Hours: 3rd Sat 10-2
Hot meals may be served to the homeless. There may be canned food items, fruits, vegetablesm and other assistance.

Food pantry location - 168 University Dr., Pontiac, MI 48342
Location Hours: W 10-2  Sun 11:30-1:30. Food and meals are passed out.
Phone number - 248- 627-9337

Hopewell missionary Baptist church
97 Mariva St., Pontiac, Michigan 48342
Hours: 12:pm to 4:pm
Main phone number - 248-636-9668
A soup kitchen as well as pantry may have canned goods, meat, fruits, pasta, and other food items. Baby formula may be on site too.

Door of Faith
511 S. Sanford St., Pontiac, MI 48341
Hours: W 4-6 or by appointment
Free food, meals, and emergency grocery and food boxes are offered.

Newman Ame
233 Bagley St., Pontiac, Michigan 48341
Food bank hours: by appointment only
Call 248-332-2800 for hours.
Some of the groceries included canned fruit or meats, tuna, rice, bread, soap, cleaning supplies, and more. They have a food pantry for Oakland County emergencies.





New Springfield M. B. Church
124 Prospect, Pontiac, MI 48341
Hours: 2nd Sat 9-12
Telephone number - 248-332-8242
Holiday gift baskets, small gifts for children, and emergency food is available, including for the disabled and single parents.

Providence Missionary
Address: 311 Bagley, Pontiac, Michigan 48341
Hours: 3rd M 12-3
Dial - 248-334-3262

Johnson Memorial
252 Wesson, Pontiac, MI 48341
The center hours are - 2nd-4th M 10:30-1
Phone number - 248-335-4858
In an emergency, free food is offered from a pantry. The volunteers from the charity may also direct families to Thanksgiving or Christmas meals, USDA commodities, and soup kitchens.

St. Joseph Church
400 South Blvd. W., Pontiac, MI 48341
Hours: W 1-3

Location - 196 Caesar Chavez Ave, Pontiac, MI 48343
Hours: M-F 9-5
Dial 248-209-2600 to get information or hours when free groceries are distributed.

Columbia Ave Baptist Church
Address - 64 W. Columbia, Pontiac, MI 48340
Food pantry hours are 2-4W 10-11AM
Main phone number - 248-335-9960

Open Arms Food Pantry
451 W. Kennett, Pontiac, MI 48340
Hours: 1st~ 3rd M 9-2pm
Items may be fruits, vegetables, rice, soups, and similar goods. The pantry is a key resource for the low income in Oakland County.

Mount Hope Lutheran
Location - 517 W. Walton, Pontiac, MI 48340
Hours: 2nd~3th Sat 8-10 am
Telephone number - 248-335-9881

Michigan Department of Human Services
Address is 51111 Woodward Ave
Pontiac, Michigan 48342
Call (248) 975-5200
There is government assistance. TANF cash aid, SNAP food stamps, WIC vouchers to feed babies including paying for formula, and other support is offered.







St. Vincent
150 E. Wide Track, Pontiac, MI 48340
Hours: seasonal
Call for help - 248-332-0283
Many assistance programs are administered to Oakland County Michigan families. They include diapers, baby formula, meals, and perishable items. In addition, from time to time may have funds for paying rent, heating and fuel oil, and other basic needs.

One God One Gospel
Food pantry address: 424 W. Walton Blvd, Pontiac, Michigan 48340
Hours: Wednesday 11:00am - 3:00pm
Emergency bags of groceries may be passed out.

Auburn Hills Christian Center
2592 E. Walton Blvd., Auburn Hills, MI 48326
Hours: By appointment only
Dial - 248-373-7139

Five Points Community Church House of Jacob
3411 E. Walton, Auburn Hills, Michigan 48326
Hours: By Appointment
Phone number - 248 373 1381
The charity has a free food bank.

God's Helping Hands
1866 Star Batt, Rochester, Michigan 48309
Hours: Tu-W 10-2- Th 4-8- 3rd Sat 2-6
Telephone - 248-852-7400
Call for hours of free food distribution.

St. Dennis
Food bank address is - 2200 East 12 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI  48067
Center Hours: Thu 6-7pm

Lakecrest Baptist Church
35 Airport Rd., Waterford, MI 48327
Hours: M-F 8-4pm by appointment
Church phone number - 248-681-3214
Emergency boxes of food are offered.

Open Door Outreach Center
7170 Cooley Lake Road, Waterford, MI 48327
Hours: Tu-F 10 - 4:30
Distributes surplus government food. They also offer a thrift store, Christmas meals and gifts, and many other low income services.

New Hope Christian Fellowship
6020 Pontiac Lake Rd., Waterford, MI 48327
Food provided from Tuesday and Thursday 11am - 2pm
Call 248-886-1500 for hours of food distribution.
Volunteers may deliver meals to the homebound, such as senior citizens.

Faith Baptist Church
Church location - 3411 Airport Road, Waterford, MI  48329
Hours: Saturday 9-12
Dial - 248-523-7330
Staff have groceries, holiday meals, hygiene items, and more for the low income, children, and people in poverty. Staff from the charities also offer referrals, including to clothing closets for winter coats in Oakland County Michigan, places for boots, and more.

First Congregational Church Of Clarkston
Location is 5449 Clarkston Road
Clarkston, Michigan 48348
(248) 394-0200
Low income families with children under the age of 6 and single mothers from Oakland County can get help. There is a free food pantry, diapers, clothing, and baby formula. Holiday meals may also be served too.





Closet of Hope United Methodist Church
26275 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI  48076
Hours: 1st Saturday of each month from 10am to 1pm
Dial 248-356-1020 for information on food programs.
During the holidays may offer food baskets and other forms of holiday help for families with children.

Closet of Hope at Hope United Methodist Church
26275 Northwestern Highway, Southfield, MI  48076
Food center hours: 1st Saturday of each month 10 am to 1 pm by appointment
Clothing, perishable items such as vegetables, bread, meats, and a thrift store are offered.

Salvation Army Social Services in Oakland County Michigan
There are a few locations in the county. Emergency food assistance programs and a pantry are on site. There is also a soup kitchen and clothing bank. Financial aid for bills, shelter, Thanksgiving and Christmas meals (as well as toys) may be offered too. Some sites are below. Or find additional, Salvation Army Oakland County MI food assistance programs.

  • Salvation Army Farmington Hill, Address - 27500 Shiawassee, Farmington, Michigan 48336, Need to make an appointment to look into free food programs.. Telephone number - (248) 477-1153
  • Salvation Army Royal Oak is at 3015 N. Main, Royal Oak, MI  48073. Location hours -  M-F 8:30am-4pm, Dial - 248-585-5600. Like many non-profit Salvation Army charity organizations, this location will help anyone in Oakland County Michigan, regardless of their religion, background, or income. Resources include case management, the Angel Tree program, shelter, and eviction prevention. This is all in addition to the food bank and clothing closet on site. They also may offer personal hygiene items.
  • Salvation Army Pontiac. Oakland County MI Salvation Army address - P.O. Box 420160, Pontiac, Michigan 48342. Hours are M-F 9-11& 1-3. Stop by for food or groceries. Telephone number - 248-334-2407 ext 18. Offers social services and low income programs, including vouchers for food and groceries. Get help applying for food stamps, LIHEAP, and rent too.

First Baptist Church of Clarkston
Address - 5972 Paramus Drive, Clarkston, Michigan 48346
Hours: By appointment only, so call in advance.
Phone number - 248.625.3380
Free Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas meals may be served too.

Lighthouse Emergency Service - Clarkston
6330 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston, MI 48346
Hours: Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
Dial the food bank at - 248.620.6116

First United Methodist of Royal Oak
Food pantry/bank location is 320 W. Seventh St., Royal Oak, MI 48073
Location hours - M-F 10:30-11:30
Phone - 248-541-4100

Yad Ezra
2850 West 11 Mile Road, Berkley, Michigan  48072
Hours: Sun noon-2, Mon/Wed 10-noon, Tue/Thu 6:30-8pm
Call for food - 248-548-3663

Oxbow Lake Baptist Church
Church address - 10730 Elizabeth Lake Rd., White Lake, MI  48386
Hours: 2nd~ 4th Tu 3:30-5:00pm
Telephone number - 248-698-3040
The church can distribute hold or cold meals, spiritual guidance, and other aid.

St. Michaels Friary
Pantry address - 25225 Code Rd., Southfield, Michigan 48034
Hours: M~W~F 10-12 by appointment
Main number - 248-356-6350
Call or stop by for shelter, meals, and information or guidance.





Hospitality House
Address of food distribution center - 1600 W. West Maple Rd., Suite B, Walled Lake, MI 48390
Stop by the food bank from Mon noon-8pm, Thu 10am-2pm, Sat 11am-2pm
Call the food bank at 248-960-9975

Word of Faith's Operation Blessing
20000 W Nine Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48075
Hours: Appts Preferred.  Leave a message and a volunteer will call back. Open Sat 1pm-5pm
Dial 248-353-3476 x330 to look for food from this Oakland Michigan charity.

Additional food assistance programs in Oakland County region

For more locations of free food pantries near you or public aid that is focused on food assistance, dial 313-923-3535. Referrals may also be made to resources such as SNAP food stamps or USDA summer snacks or school meal programs. Some other resources in Oakland County may be The Emergency Food Assistance Program as well as hot meals from soup kitchens.

By Jon McNamara

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