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Free food pantries and groceries Ouachita Parish.

Free food pantries and soup kitchens in Ouachita Parish giveaway groceries, meals, personal toiletries and other items. Find churches, charities and non-profits that help feed low-income families and people with no money. Many food banks are open today and provide help in an emergency. Find free food pantries near you in  Ouachita Parish and Monroe LA.

Several of the distribution centers offer other support too, including SNAP applications, free pet food or Christmas or Thanksgiving meals. Or senior citizens can apply for Meals on Wheels. There is also a phone number at the bottom of the page for other Monroa LA food programs. Or look here for free home delivered food for the elderly.

Most of the distribution centers are located in the city of  Monroe, but there are other locations, including drive thru food pantries, throughout the parish. The clients of these food banks and pantries in Ouachita Parish tend to be the underemployed, seniors or families facing a short term emergency. 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, soup or detergent, 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.

Low-income free food boxes and hot meals in Monroe LA area

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.

West Ouachita Senior Center - City of West Monroe
Location - 1800 N. 7th St., West Monroe, Louisiana 71292. Call 318-324-1280
Senior citizens and the disabled will get help. Free congregate meals or food deliveries, or there is dog or cat food for the elderly in Ouachita Parish. Low income residents can get applications SNAP food stamps, WIC vouchers and energy bill help. Or get free Ensure, Boost or other USDA approved food for senior citizens. 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.




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

Macedonia SDA Church
2300 Lee Ave, Monroe, LA 71202. Phone: (318) 322-3239

The Gathering
Address: 207 Defreese Rd, West Monroe, LA 71291. For hours, call (318) 325-6083

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 grocery distribution for low-income families, thrift store with kitchen stuff, food, and other support. The Ouachita Parish charity has free shelf-stable food, bread, produce, baby formula and household goods like toilet paper and more from the pantry. More on Salvation Army Monroe LA assistance programs.

People United of LA
The food pantry address is 2101 Tower Dr, Monroe, LA 71201. Call (318) 323-1300
The free food banks helps the poor, homeless, and unemployed as well as single moms. The center passes out fresh foods, tuna or boxed dinners, groceries, meals and nutritious items to low-income families faced with hunger.

Grace Place Ministries
Food Distribution Center Address: 1600 Jackson St, Monroe, LA 71202. Call (318) 361-9702
Based on donations, the free food bank may giveaway Boxed or Canned Soups, Rice, Hamburger Helper or fresh food too. That may be USDA fruits and veggies or bread and more.





Apostolic Restoration Church
108 W T Hemphill Dr, West Monroe, LA 71292. Call (318) 387-3979 for hours
A soup kitchen for hot meals and pantry feed the community.

The Living Gospel - West Monroe
Church pantry address is 700 Montgomery Ave, West Monroe, LA 71292. Phone: (318) 388-2644

Monroe Area Guidance Center
1900 Garrett Road, Monroe, LA 71202. Call (318) 343-9200

For information, the food pantry can provide emergency help. Groceries, free USDA commodities like cheese, meat or bead and other goods are offered. Referrals are given to free pet food banks in the parish.

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
4001 Jackson Street, Monroe, LA 71202. Call (318) 322-7151
Everything from Meals on Wheels to SNAP food stamps, government aid, and applications for free school lunches for students is offered.Free food pantries Monroe and Ouachita Parish

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. Get canned tuna or salmon, snacks for kids during the Ouachita Parish summer break, and free holiday food baskets.

Rays of Sonshine
200 Breard St, Monroe, LA 71201. Call (318) 323-0502 for hours of the drive thru food bank

St. Jude Baptist Church
5301 Blanks St., Monroe, LA 71202. Call 318-345-2956
Clients can receive a free holiday meal or small Christmas toy for their child, based on donations. There are free boxes of shelf stable food with items such as flour, sugar, cereal, dairy (eegs, etc) and more for low-income families and the unemployed.

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





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

Additional free food programs in Ouachita Parish

There are other places for free emergency food near you, hot meals, or applications to government aid such as SNAP, USDA lunches for kids or WIC from the Louisiana CAFE program. There is also the Feeding America location of NE Louisiana. For more information or referrals to Ouachita Parish food programs, both pantries and government assistance, dial 318-322-3567.


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