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Free food pantries and groceries.

Often in partnership with the Regional Foodbank as well as churches, there are many pantries in Pottawatomie County for low income families. Based on the clients income, need, and town of residency, the charities as well as non-profits provide free groceries, food, and more. Some also serve hot lunches to the homeless and working poor. Find additional information below.

The food pantries try not to turn anyone away, but it does depend on funding and resources. In general, a Pottawatomie County food bank may be able to offer a 2-5 day supply of groceries for each member of the family. But as noted this will depend on availability. Another focus is on long term stability, and this is where food stamps applications may be offered.

As a bonus, some of the church run pantries also operate clothing banks. This means that a box of free food may be combined with other support, such as household supplies. The main locations are below.

Lighthouse Family Church
Address is 17001 NE 23rd
Harrah, Oklahoma 73045
Main phone: ((405) 390-3100
The free food pantry is for citizens of Choctaw and Harrah only.

Living Word Church
Main address is 3831 N Kickapoo
Shawnee, OK 74804
Applications are accepted by the church once every two months. Shawnee families, senior citizens, and the working poor can get help. There are also seasonal food programs, namely for Christmas meals and Easter baskets.

Mission Shawnee
Shawnee, OK 74801
For applications and qualifications, dial (405) 275-5433

Salvation Army Of Shawnee
Main address is 200 E 9th Street
Shawnee, Oklahoma 74801
Telephone: (405) 275-2243
Emergency assistance includes food and financial aid. There are also Christmas meals and toys, free back to school supplies, as well as a thrift store for Pottawatomie County families to shop at.




Galilee Baptist Church
1025 E 9th St.
Shawnee, Oklahoma 74801
Telephone: (405)273-7890
The charity is open one day per month.

St Benedict Catholic Church – Saint Vincent
632 N Kickapoo
Shawnee, OK 74801
(405) 275-0001
The faith based group has food, vouchers for medications, Meals on Wheels for the elderly, and more. Volunteers in Pottawatomie County visit clients to provide support. Find other local Saint Vincent de Paul assistance programs.

Shawnee Rescue Mission
Shawnee, Oklahoma 74801
(405) 878-8700
They shelter the homeless including veterans. There is also a free grocery store for the low income. A clothing bank is also on site, and there may be paper products, household supplies, and more.

First Baptist Church Of Tecumseh
301 S Broadway
Tecumseh, OK 74873
Phone: (405) 598-3778
There is a ministerial alliance food pantry. It may have fruits, milk, dairy, meat, and more.

Highland Church Of Christ
Address: 905 E Walnut Street
Tecumseh, OK 74873
Telephone number: (405) 598-3514





Temple Baptist Church
1234 E Highland
Shawnee, Oklahoma 74801
They only help people facing an emergency. The food is free. Volunteers from the Saint Vincent de Paul affiliated charity also deliver meals to the homebound.

Simon Peter's Storehouse
Location is 3831 N Kickapoo Ave.
Shawnee, Oklahoma 74804
Dial (405)275-7240
The non-profit is open the last 3 weeks of each month. Whether it is a box of groceries, holiday food boxes, clothing, or even diapers for a single mom, help may be offered.

Find other places for food in Pottawatomie County by dialing 405.972.1111. Or there can be referrals to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Senior Brown Bag, as well as free school lunch programs.

By Jon McNamara

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