Free food banks in the Raleigh and Wake County region.

There are a few dozen primary food banks and pantries in the Raleigh as well as Wake County North Carolina region. While they do accept donations, most are also supported by the state of North Carolina regional food bank network, which is a non-profit that operates across the state. Get information on the main assistance programs from charities, free food pantries, government resources such as food stamps and other options below.

The food banks as well as emergency pantries are located across the entire region, including in Cary, Garner, Knightdale, and of course the city of Raleigh itself. Most of the facilities are non-profit and/or charity organizations. This means that the entire focus is on serving low income families.

The food banks can be located in a church, a community action agency, government office, or other local businesses. Almost all locations will serve people of all backgrounds and income, and at least provide them with some sort of free food, groceries, meals, free holiday or Christmas assistance. Clients of the free food pantries in Wake County can also get other items so that the individual and their family can make it through a difficult period. Many of the pantry locations also have staff that can help individuals apply for public aid such as food stamps or USDA free school lunches.

Bread of Life Outreach-FWA
9909 Joe Leach Road
Raleigh, North Carolina, 26703
Phone: 919-779-3143
Services on site include a food bank, meals, school lunches, applications to summer food programs, and other emergency and crisis assistance is offered. Also provides referrals and case management.





Brooks Ave. Church Of Christ
700 Brooks Avenue
Raleigh, NC, 27607
Hours: 2nd & 4th Sat 9a-12p
Phone: 919-821-2400

Capital City Christian Church
Address - 4131 Western Blvd.
Raleigh, NC, 27606
Hours open - Mon-Fri 9a.m.-4p.m.
Phone: 919-851-5958
Regardless of your income or background, clients can access a free food pantry. Meals, groceries, and emergency food boxes are distributed. Also learn about social services and government programs in Wake County and North Carolina such as LIEAP and SNAP food stamps.

Capital Pentacostal Church
1308 Hwy. 70
Garner, NC, 27529
Hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am – 12 pm.
Phone number: 919-772-5919
A free Food Pantry will have items such as rice, canned meat, and more. Seniors in the Garnet area can also sign up for Meals on Wheels.





Capital Towers
4812 Six Forks Rd.
Raleigh, NC, 27609
Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am - 5:00 pm
Number - 919-881-9583
The food bank is for the low income, homeless, and others. Has information on other assistance too, such as a clothing closet. Supports all Wake County NC families and individuals.

Cary Church of God
Cary, North Carolina, 27511
Hours: Mon-Fri 9-4 by appt., 3rd Sat @ Revelation Free Will Baptist Church
Phone: 919-467-0537 ext 36
Soup kitchen provides hot and cold meals, including at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Cathedral of Jesus Church of God
717 S Arendell Ave.
Zebulon, NC, 27597
Hours: 2nd & 4th Saturdays 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Phone: 919-404-0774
Free groceries, hygiene supplies (soap, detergent, etc.) and other goods may be passed out in Wake County.

Catholic Parish Outreach
Address - 2013 North Raleigh Blvd.
Raleigh, NC, 27604
Hours: Mon-Sat/10a-1p
Phone: 919-873-0245
Food pantry for the low income. Assistance programs range from a Food Pantry to summer meals and snacks for children. Staff can also help families apply for public aid such as WIC vouchers.

Christian Community In Action
1231 Northeast Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC, 27513
Hours: Mon-Fri 10a.m.-1p.m.
Phone: 919-469-9861 x101
A Food Pantry for people of all religions. Small holiday meals or gifts are offered too.




Church Of God Of Prophecy Raleigh
5005 Western Blvd.
Raleigh, North Carolina, 27606
Hours: Thursday 12-4pm & Friday 8am-4pm
Phone: 919-851-8507

Community Helpers Service Center, Inc.
111-B N. First Ave
Knightdale,NC, NC, 27545
Hours: Wed-Thur 8am-3pm
Phone: 919-271-0181
Types of food provided include baby formula, Thanksgiving and Christmas meals and gifts, and perishable items such as fruits, vegetables, and breads.

Community of Hope Ministries
601 St. Marys Street
Garner, North Carolina, 27529
Hours: Tuesday-Thurs 11:00 - 12:00 pm 3rd Thursday at 6:00 pm
Phone: 919-779-6679
A Food Pantry has meals for the elderly. Other support includes surplus USDA commodities and a delivery service for the homebound in Wake County.

Davie St Presbyterian
300 East Davie Street
Raleigh, NC, 27601
Hours: 2nd & 4th Tues/10:30-11:30am
Phone: 919-834-8855
Food Pantry

Faith Missionary Baptist Church
908 Suffolk Blvd.
Raleigh, NC, 27603
Hours: Sat 10-2
Phone: 919 779-2509
Everything from Christmas dinners to groceries, baby formula, and even free Easter Baskets are offered to members of the community.

Fuquay-Varina Emergency Food Pantry
Address is 216 West Academy Street
Fuquay-Varina, NC, 27526
Hours: Tues 9-12, Thurs. 2-6
Phone: 919-552-7720
If you are or your family are facing a crisis, call this Food Bank and Pantry for clothing, emergency food, and other aid. May have diapers, free baby formula, food boxes, and other government commodities, such as school lunches.

Gethsemane 7th Day Adv Pantry
2525 Sanderford Road
Raleigh, North Carolina, 27610
Food Pantry Hours: Thurs 3pm-6pm
Phone: 919-833-8526





Greater Pentecostal F.D. Food Pantry
Address - 414 Rose Lane
Raleigh, North Carolina, 27610
Hours: The pantry has various hours and is open certain days.
For information, call 919-847-5086

Haven House/Bason Home
832 Wake Forest Rd
Raleigh, NC, 27604
Hours: M-F 9-3
Phone: 919-896-7865

Haven House-Wrenn House
908 W. Morgan St.
Raleigh, NC, 27603
Hours: 365 days/yr and 24 hrs/day
Phone: 919-832-7866
Food bank and Shelter for the homeless. Volunteers also collect non-perishable food for seniors and single moms with children.

1012 Oberlin Road
Raleigh, North Carolina, 27605
Hours: 24 / 7
Phone: 919-828-7501

Islamic Association of Raleigh
Food Pantry address is 3020 Ligon St as well as 808 Atwater St,
Raleigh, NC, 27607
Hours of operation: as needed/ Sat 8:30-10:00 am
Phone: 919-834-9572

Knightdale Church of God
4272 Old Faison Rd
Knightdale, NC, 27545
Hours of operation - Monday 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Phone: 919-650-1068
The food pantry supports residents in the eastern part of Wake County.




Longview United Methodist
2312 Milburnie Road
Raleigh, NC, 27610
Hours: 2nd and 4th Wed 12:30-3:30
Phone: 919-834-7554

Mission Raleigh of Mt. Vernon
3101 Stoney Brook Dr., Suite 140
Raleigh, NC, 27615
Hours: Thursday 11am-12noon
Phone: 919-872-4774
The charity has a client choice food pantry on site. Clients are the working poor, unemployed in Wake County, and others facing a crisis.

N.C.A. Philip Randolph Inst.
1408 Hillsborough St.
Raleigh, NC, 27605
Hours: Mon-Fri 11-3 p.m.
Phone: 919-833-6671

New Life Community Church
3115 Crittenden St.
Holly Springs, North Carolina, 27540
Hours: Thur, Fri 2-4pm
Phone: 919-552-3487

North Haven Church
6620 Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC, 27615
Hours: M-F 8:30-4:30
Phone: 919-847-4291
Runs an on-site food bank and pantry.

Mount Moriah Food Pantry
Address is 168 Donmoor Court
Garner, NC 27529
For hours, call (919) 827-6252

Lifepointe Church
4131 Western Boulevard
Raleigh, North Carolina 27614
(919) 851-5958
Surplus commodities are available. The food pantry may also have formula, fruits, dairy goods, and personal hygiene items.

Poplar Springs United Church of Christ
6115 Old Stage Road
Raleigh, North Carolina, 27610
Hours: 1st Tuesday of each month 11:00a.m.-1:00p.m., as needed for emergency
Phone: 919-772-5151
A number of services, meals, and perishable items are offered by this food pantry

Praise Worship Tabernacle
1516 Bethel Rd
P.O. Box 14523
Raleigh, North Carolina, 27610
Hours: Fridays 6p-7p and as needed for emergencies
Phone: 919-231-7188
Holiday meals, including at Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are available in addition to the food bank.

Progressive Teamwork Outreach
116 Horton St.
Zebulon, NC, 27597
Hours: Sat 9-11am, and as needed

Pullen Memorial Baptist Church
1801 Hillsborough St.
Raleigh, NC, 27605
Hours: Tues & Thurs 2-3 pm
Call - 919-828-0897
Food Bank and Pantry is run. Also has a thrift store, clothing closet, and information on government aid such as food stamps, SNAP, WIC, and school lunches for children.

Raleigh Rescue Mission
314 E. Hargett Street
Raleigh, NC, 27601
Hours: 24 hours a day - 7 Days a Week
Phone: 919-828-9014
Food bank and shelter. Programs focus on the very low income and homeless.





Raleigh Vineyard Christian Fellowship
Primary address - 6894 Litchford Rd
Raleigh, NC, 27615
Hours: 2nd and 4th Sat of every month 10a-12 pm
Phone: 919-790-0001

Salvation Army-Raleigh
215 S. Person Street
Raleigh, North Carolina, 27601
Facility Hours: Mon-Fri 5:00p.m.-6:00p.m.
Phone: 919-834-6733
The charity has a food bank and shelter. Free school supplies for children, financial aid, or gift certificates for a holiday meal from a grocery store are also available as supplies last. They may also give out free turkeys at Thanksgiving. Find Salvation Army food assistance in Wake County.

Shiloh Temple Tabernacle of Prayer Deliverance Church Inc.
445 Old Wilson Rd.
Wendell, NC, 27591
Hours: 3rd Sat 10-12 noon
Phone: 919-366-3936

Point Care Pantry
The charity serves families in need of food assistance by providing a couple of bags of groceries, a hot meal, and clothing every Saturday from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Please arrive no earlier than 10am on Saturday mornings. Assistance is given on a first come, first served basis.

Every Saturday

  • Cary: 1503 Walnut St, Cary NC
  • Apex: 1402 E Williams St, Apex NC
  • South Raleigh: 3700 Lake Wheeler Rd, Raleigh NC

First Saturday of Each Month (limited hot meals / clothing)

  • North Raleigh: 13301 Leesville Church Rd, Raleigh
  • Chapel Hill: 2025 Ephesus Church Rd, Chapel Hill

St. Anna Freewill Baptist Church Harvest Ministry
11705 Old Stage Road
Willow Springs, NC, 27592
Hours: Tues & Wed 6p.m.-8:30pm.
Phone: 919-552-1107

The Healing Place Wake County
1251 Goode Street
Raleigh, NC, 27603
Hours: 24 hours a day - 7 Days a Week
Phone: 919-838-9800
Call for more information on the emergency food bank, soup kitchen and shelter.

The Light of Life Ministry
3535 S. Wilmington St.
Suite 201
Raleigh, North Carolina, 27603
Hours: Last Saturday each month 10-1
Phone: 919-280-9911
Food Bank and Pantry distributes food, groceries, and meals. Call the center for hours. Can also offer referrals and information on government programs such as food stamps. Runs a thrift store, clothing closet, and offers vouchers for groceries.

Triangle Vineyard Christian Fellowship
3915 Western Blvd.
Raleigh, NC, 27606
Hours: 1st and 3rd SAt 9-10:30 a.m.
Phone: 919-233-8463

Trinity United Faith Center Church, Inc.
110 S. State Street
Raleigh, NC, 27601
Hours: 4th Tues. 4:30 PM - 6pm
Phone: 919-834-2332
Soup kitchen is on site for the needy.

Upper Room Church of God in Christ
3300 Idlewood Village Drive
Raleigh, NC, 27610
Hours: 2nd & 4th Mon 12 pm - 2 pm ,Sunday 9 am - 3:00 pm
Phone: 919-829-6160
Food pantry provides free groceries, new or gently used clothes for school or work, baby supplies, personal hygiene items, and much more.





Urban Ministries of Wake County
1390 Capital Blvd
Raleigh, NC, 27603
Hours: M-F/9a-1p
Phone: 919-836-1642
The working poor and low income can call the food pantry for emergency aid and foodstuffs. Find more details on Urban Ministry Wake County assistance programs.

Wendell United Methodist Church
129 N Main St.
Wendell, NC, 27591
Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 9am to noon
Phone: 919-365-6266
The church operates a food pantry

Western Wake Crisis Ministry
1600 Olive Chapel Rd, Suite 408
Apex, North Carolina, 27502
Hours: M-Th/11a.m.-2p.m
Phone: 919-362-0657
Food Pantry for residents of Apex, Friendship, & New Hill.  Emergency financial assistance for residents of Apex, Friendship, New Hill, & Holly Springs.

Williams Grove Baptist Church
735 Rock Quarry Rd
Raleigh, NC, 27610
Hours: Saturday 9 am- 2pm
Call for free food - 919-829-1282

St. Mark's United Methodist Church Food Pantry Wake
2431-152 Spring Street
Raleigh, NC 27609
Dial (919) 785-9911
The pantry is accessible at most once every 6 months for low income seniors and families.

Dorcas Ministry Food Pantry
Main address - 249 Holden Road
Youngsville, North Carolina 27596
Telephone: (919) 556-3420

Comunidad Cristiana Hosanna
204 Shelden Drive
Raleigh, NC 27610
(919) 834-4122

With Love From Jesus Ministry
421 Chapanoke Road
Raleigh, NC, 27603
Hours: Tues/Wed/Fri-Sat -- 10a-12p
Phone: 919-233-8010

Word of God Fellowship Outreach
3000 Rock Quary Road
Raleigh, North Carolina, 27610
Hours of center: Thurs 1pm - 2pm and as needed
Dial - 919-834-1141
Food pantry is located here for the low income. Government commodity food, perishable items, Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, and holiday gifts for children may be offered.

Zina Christian Center
3700 Bastion Lane, Suite 104
Raleigh, North Carolina, 27604
Hours: Mon-Fri 10 a.m.5p.m. and as needed
Phone: 919-954-9190

Sure Promise Christian Church
Address of the pantry - 4301 Pearl Road
Raleigh, NC 27610
(919) 758-0843

Temple of Pentecost
2312 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC 27603
(919) 244-4231
Clients are families in poverty, the elderly, immigrants, and others.

Child Evangelism Fellowship Food Pantry
Location is 611 Saint Mary's Street
Garner, North Carolina 27529
(919) 779-2825





O'Neal Revival Tabernacle Food Pantry
500 Richardson Road
Zebulon, NC 27597
For intake, call (919) 375-4275
Hot meals, a blanket for the homeless, and emergency food boxes are provided.

Millbrook United Methodist Church Food Pantry
1712 East Millbrook Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
Phone - (919) 876-0865

Crabtree Valley Baptist Church Food Pantry
4408 Lead Mine Road
Raleigh, North Carolina 27612
(919) 781-5345
The free pantry offers food, dairy goods, and clothing in a limited zip code.

The Point Church
Address is 1503 Walnut Street
Cary, NC 27511
Dial 919-467-9159
Every Saturday, 11:00 - 12:00
The Replenish Food Pantry serves needy families. Clients may be provided up to two bags of groceries and a hot meal. The pantry and meal site operates every Saturday from 11:00am to 12:00pm. Families must live in area codes 27606 (Raleigh), 27511 (Cary) or 27502 (Apex). Any food assistance is given out on a first come, first served basis.

White Oak Foundation
Location is 1621 White Oak Church Road
Apex, NC 27523
Dial (919) 362-6768
Groceries are passed out by volunteers. The charity may also have clothing, paper goods, cleaning supplies, and more.

New Life Community Church Food Pantry
3115 Crittenden Street
Holly Springs, NC 27540
Phone - (919) 362-9100

Tri-Area Ministry
Address: 149 East Holding Avenue
Wake Forest, NC 27588
Dial (919) 556-7144 for information or hours.
Supports northern Wake County.

The Stone Chapel
Location - 701 South Main Street
Wake Forest, North Carolina 27587
Call (919) 880-7817
A food bank is open a few days per month.

Fuquay Varina Emergency Food Pantry
216 West Academy Street
Fuquay Varina, NC 27526
(919) 552-7720

Flowing Waters World Outreach Food Bank
901 Old Fairground Road
Willow Spring, North Carolina 27592
(919) 915-4899





Church of God of Prophecy
Address is 2317 Highway 42
Willow Spring, North Carolina 27592
Main phone - (919) 655-5151
Free Christmas and holiday meals are provided along with groceries. A Meals on Wheels service is for the homebound, or get referrals.

For more information or referrals, dial 919.875.0707. Not only can people learn about the food pantry that is closest to them in Wake County, but the line also has details on resources such as Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), free school lunches, and UCSDA food stamps.

By Jon McNamara

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