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Ouachita Parish free food pantries.

Food pantries and soup kitchens in Ouachita Parish are mostly run at churches in the region. Several of them are only open a couple days per week or even certain months, such as during the summer so they can feed students that are out of school. The other clients of these food pantries in Ouachita Parish tend to be the underemployed or families facing a short term emergency.

There are between 10 to 15 non-profits that provide assistance to needy residents. Most of the distribution centers are located in the city of  Monroe, but there are other locations throughout the parish. Or the volunteers that work at these pantries can refer the applicant to a location that is closer to where someone lives.

The amount of food assistance at these centers is limited. But what may be provided ranges from a free box of groceries to holiday meals, small Christmas gifts, clothes, and personal hygiene items for the homeless. Several of the locations will also provide case management and applications to SNAP food stamps or similar aid.

Calhoun Church of Christ
1288 Hwy 151
Calhoun, Louisiana 71225
Phone – 318-644-2216
The charity has a soup kitchen as well as free food pantry on site.

Calvary Missionary Baptist
Address is 201 S. 9th
West Monroe, LA 71292
Telephone - 318-323-0238
The food bank is only open the 3rd Saturday of each month. Free groceries, perishable items, Christmas meals, and more is served.

City of West Monroe
Location - 1800 N. 7th St.
West Monroe, Louisiana 71292
Low income residents can get applications to housing, SNAP food stamps, WIC vouchers and energy bill help.




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Main address is 820 Jackson St.
Monroe 71201
Dial 318-410-1751
Seven days a week this pantry is available.

Macedonia SDA Church
2300 Lee Ave.
Monroe, LA 71202
Phone - 318-323-3239

Monroe Area Guidance Center
1900 Garrett Road
Monroe, LA 71202

For information, the food pantry can provide emergency help from Mon-Fri 8-4:30 pm.

Mt. Pleasant Community Development
Address: 105 Bernice Dr.
Monroe, Louisiana 71201
Phone - 318-323-3632
Parents of this location in Ouachita Parish include children, seniors, and families facing hunger.

Ouachita Multi-Purpose
315 Plum St.
Yvonne Marsh
Phone: 318-322-7151
Everything from Meals on Wheels to SNAP food stamps, government aid, and applications for free school lunches for students is offered.





Ray of Hope Ministries
1935 Winnsboro Rd.
Monroe, Louisiana 71202
Phone – 318-322-9244
There may be everything from clothes to hot meals or school items for children.

Rays of Sonshine
411 S. 1st St.
Monroe, LA 71202

St. Jude Baptist Church
5301 Blanks St.
Monroe, LA 71202
Clients can receive a free holiday meal or small Christmas toy for their child, based on donations.

The Assembly South
713 South 8th St.
Monroe, LA
The food bank is open the 3rd Saturday of each month.

True Vine Baptist Church
1400 Dilling St.
Monroe,  Louisiana
The hours are only the 4th Sat of each month.

Salvation Army
105 Hart St
Monroe, LA 71201
Main number is (318) 325-1755
Free meals at the holiday as well as Gifts are part of Angel Tree. There is also emergency financial aid, a thrift store with clothing and furniture, food, and other support.

West Ouachita Senior Center
Location is 1800 N. 7th St.
West Monroe, LA 71291
Telephone - 318-324-1280
The hours are Mon-Fri 7:30-4:30. Everything from low cost congregate meals for the elderly as well as disabled is offered as well as recreation activities. Workshops also help with applications to USDA food, Medicare, and more.





White's Ferry Rd. Church of Christ
3201 N. 7th St.
West Monroe, Louisiana 71291
Call 318-343-3319

For more information or referrals to Ouachita Parish food programs, both pantries and government assistance, dial 318-322-3567.


By Jon McNamara

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