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Food pantry and free groceries in Rapides Parish.

Residents of Rapides Parish can obtain free food or groceries from a pantry. There are charities, churches and government programs that help feed low-income families, both year round and during a crisis. A box of groceries, hot meal, pet food or Meals on Wheels (among other programs) are available in the Alexandria area. Find a food bank in your part of Rapides Parish.

The assistance is available from locations below and is targeted at families that qualify based on income or that have no money. The food pantries combine immediate assistance along with referrals to long term government support as well as benefits. There is also a phone number at the bottom of the page for referrals to other food assistance programs.

Some of the free food distribution centers in Rapides Parish focus on feeding senior citizens. Others help children, and some of the pantries will assist people of any age or background. Qualified families may be given cereal, rice, soup, beans, dairy and more. New moms, teenage mothers, or parents living in poverty may qualify for baby formula or even clothing for a newborn. Other aid may also be provided to Rapides Parish residents, including from a drive thru food bank that is open daily.

Free food distribution centers in Rapides Parish

Buckeye Food Pantry
Address is 260 LA-1206, Deville, LA 71328. Phone: (318) 664-0590
Partnering with De ville Pentecostal Church and benefiting from Buckeye School Food Drives, the elderly are given free groceries. There may be produce, low-salt food, Ensure, and other goods for senior citizens in Rapides Parish, with some local delivery offered too.

Central Louisiana AIDS Support Services (CLASS)
Location is 1785 Jackson Street, Alexandria, LA 71301. Dial (318) 442-1010 for information.
Applicants need to have HIV and/or AIDS. The non-profit will help those in Rapides Parish obtaining the care they need, whether it is food, housing, medical, and other needs. The groceries given out will help meet the nutritional needs of patients.

 

 

 

The needy as well as senior citizens can get help. Emergency boxes of food, groceries, hot meals during the year or at Christmas, and other aid is offered.

Council On Aging of Rapides
204 Chester Street, Alexandria, Louisiana 71301. Call (318) 445-7985
Elderly services include Meals on Wheels, Commodity Supplemental Food Program, Senior brown bags, and other services. They also have free dog or cat food for the homebound disabled or elderly in Rapides Parish.

Salvation Army
Address:  620 Beauregard St, Alexandria, LA 71301. Dial 318 442-0445
Staff or volunteers offer Thanksgiving and Holiday meals. There is also shelter, Christmas food baskets for children, and other poverty as well as hunger fighting programs. Get groceries, soup, tuna, rice and other staples. Learn more on how to get help from Alexandria Salvation Army.

Nazarene Baptist Church
2611 Overton St, Alexandria, LA. Call 318-442-6404

Main Street Mission
312 Main Street Pineville, Louisiana 71360. Call 318-442-5803
A food bank and feeding site are at the charity. There are free groceries and shelf-stable food. Or get baby formula, free personal toiletries, and holiday meals too, including at Thanksgiving.

Manna House
2655 Lee Street, Alexandria, LA 71301. Call (318) 445-9053
Daily meals are served once per day from the soup kitchen. The homeless, families in poverty, children, and others use the charitable site.

Shepherd Center
1400 Jackson Street, Alexandria, Louisiana 71301. Main phone - (318) 448-3752
Many services are run. They include financial aid for bills, food, household furniture, clothing, and Christmas toys or food or meal baskets. There is also case management and information on SNAP food stamp sites.

 

 

 

 

First Union Baptist Church
Main address: 213 Hope St, Alexandria, LA 71301. Call (318) 445-4720

Central Louisiana Homeless Coalition
Location is 1515 Jackson St, Alexandria, LA 71301. Phone: (318) 443-0500
They help feed homeless people in Rapides County. Free breakfast, lunch or dinners may be offered with vegetables, meat, and prepared food. Bag lunches can be passed out too.

Additional free food programs in Alexandra region

Many other programs and food pantries are also located in Rapides Parish. For referrals from the Central Louisiana food bank, call (318) 445-2773. Callers can learn the locations of them, or other programs such as Summer meals or backpack snacks for children, the Kids Cafe, and sites for surplus USDA commodities.

 

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