Pennsylvania food banks and free pantries.

People in need of help can turn to free food banks, non-profits and pantries in Pennsylvania. Dozens of centers which are listed below operate across the state. The food banks can provide people with free groceries, holiday meals, groceries and other support. These pantries are often run by non-profit organizations including churches, faith based groups and other charities. Some locations also use surplus government commodities for resources and funding. Many of them also partner with the Pennsylvania Association of Regional Food Banks.

Many families turn to these centers for food and other basic needs. But many of them provide even more forms of aid than that. For example on site staff can often advise individuals on government food assistance programs including SNAP and also advise families on how to get help for other hardships that they may be facing. For example, find Thanksgiving and Christmas meals and gifts, food stamps, clothing, and school lunches.

In addition to the food banks and pantries listed below that may be near you, many of the non-profits and centers in Pennsylvania offer referrals and advice. There is also a telephone number at the bottom of the page for information on additional sites. Ask the staff or volunteers are a pantry for more information on other non-profit organizations in your county or town.

Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
1 N Linden St.
Duquesne - PA, 15110
Dial - (412) 460-3663
This center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that collects and distributes food and groceries through a 380+ member network that operates in 11 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania. Through special events, fund raising, donations, agreements with local charities and community partnerships, the Food Bank gathers food at a 94,000 square foot warehouse in Duquesne, PA.

Through outlets such as local soup kitchens, food pantries, and shelters, items are provided to the needy and low income. The Food Bank also supports after school programs, senior high rises, MH-MR drop-in centers, neighborhood food assistance agencies, emergency or disaster-related feeding sites, regional food banks, Meals on Wheels, community centers, and special programs. In total, this particular Food Bank currently distributes around 21 million pounds of food per year. Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is a member of Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest).





Inter Church Food Bank
Address - 618 Russellwood Ave
Mc Kees Rocks - PA, 15136
Main phone number is (412) 771-4088

Light of Life Rescue Mission
10 E North Ave
Pittsburgh - Pennsylvania, 15212

Greater Washington County Food Bank
1020 Route 519
Eighty Four - Pennsylvania, 15330
Phone number - (724) 229-8175
The Food Bank warehouse stores a wide variety of groceries, free canned items and other types of non-perishable foods for qualified people. The warehouse contains a wide variety of food items that are purchased from both state and federal government programs and used specifically for distribution to the pantries.

In addition, donated goods are available for Emergency boxes. These are generally available to pantries to supplement the other food programs as well available to registered non-profit organizations, churches and local charities. The boxes and resources are offered for purchase at a low per-unit cost. Supplemental foods are acquired through donations and from companies such as Nabisco, America's Second Harvest, and through the Fall Food Drive.

Westmoreland County Food Bank Incorporated
100 Devonshire Dr.
Delmont - Pennsylvania ,15626
(724) 468-8660
The Westmoreland County Food Bank is a privately run, not-for-profit organization that supplies food and groceries to hungry people and families through a network of assistance programs in Westmoreland County. Their 40,000 square foot facility is located in Delmont, Pennsylvania. Of each dollar donated to WCFB, $.97 goes to food and food programs. The non-profit serves over 7,000 disadvantaged families each month throughout Westmoreland County.

The Rodale Institute
Location is 611 Siegfriedale Road
Kutztown - PA, 19530
Food bank phone number - 610-683-1428




Food for Families Food Bank
Location 2201 Union Ave
Altoona Pennsylvania, 16601
(814) 944-4357
Fruits, vegetables, baby formula, and bread are just some examples of items provides. Seniors can also apply for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program and WIC applications are processed too.

Mon Valley Food Bank
101 Gregg St.
Monongahela - PA, 15063
Dial (724) 292-1060

Pennsylvania food pantries by town and county

In addition to the centers listed here, there are numerous pantries that focus on specific towns, cities, and counties. The locations can be at churches, non-profits, or other local organizations. Thousands of emergency food pantries and other organizations operate across Pennsylvania.


York County Food Bank
Pantry address: 254 West Princess Street
York, Pennsylvania 17404
Phone: (717) 846-6435
Some of the assistance offered includes holiday meals, including Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.





St. Francis Inn Ministries
Address of pantry - 2441 Kensington Ave.
Philadelphia - PA, 19125

Food Bank - State College
276 W Hamilton Ave
State College Pennsylvania, 16801
(814) 234-2310
Can offer holiday meals and baskets too around Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.  This is in addition to surplus, donated USDA or charitable food.

Bernardine Center
Location - 2625 W. 9th St.
Chester - Pennsylvania, 19013
Low income families, children, and the elderly can receive free groceries and other food items. Some home delivered meals may also be delivered to the homebound too.

Farmers' Market Trust
1201 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia - Pennsylvania, 19107
Call 215 568 0830 for hours on food pantry

Location - 3009 Peacock Dr.
Audubon - PA, 19403
Phone - 610-539-3998

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
1 North Linden Street
Duquesne, PA 15110-1097
Phone: (412) 460-3663
Provides assistance to all of western Pennsylvania and Allegheny County. The sites works with churches and charities in the region.

South Allison Hill Civic Association
313 S 15th St.
Harrisburg - Pennsylvania, 17104
(717) 221-8969
The non-profit can refer families in need to local charities. Call them to find where to get free meals, groceries, and other aid from. May be able to refer individuals to low income programs for paying rent and heating bills too.

Northern Lehigh Food Bank
7884 Center St.
Slatington - PA, 18080
(610) 767-9525

Catasauqua Ministerium Food Bank
122 Union St.
Catasauqua Pennsylvania, 18032
Phone number - (610) 264-8366

Greater Philadelphia Food Bank
302 W Berks Street
Philadelphia - Pennsylvania, 19122
(215) 739-3050
Partners with churches and regional food pantries. Together they help thousands of people per year. Also learn about other assistance such as school lunches, WIC, and emergency food boxes. Clothing, free Thanksgiving and Christmas meals and much more is available as well.





Angel Food Ministry
834 Parkside Dr
Erie - Pennsylvania, 16511
Call - (814) 898-1999
Offers food at discounted rates. Save up to 50% of fresh food.

Central Pennsylvania Food Bank
Location of food bank - 3908 Corey Road
Harrisburg, PA 17109-5929
Phone: (717) 564-1700
Provides free food, fruits, rice, meats, and other aid. Can also direct people to local clothing closets and thrift stores for personal hygiene items and additional support.

SHARE Food Program
2901 W. Hunting Park Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19129
Phone: (215) 223-2220 x107
This charity supports all the counties around Philadelphia. Whether it is canned or fresh food, assistance is offered.

Additional locations of Pennsylvania free food banks

To locate other food banks or pantries in Pennsylvania, individuals can dial (724) 941-1472. Get information on other centers, charities and non-profit pantries that will be near you. The locations will provide free groceries, perishable items, and other aid.

By Jon McNamara

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