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Food pantries in Rapides Parish.

Residents of Rapides Parish can obtain free food or groceries from a pantry. The assistance is available from locations below and is targeted at families that qualify based on income or those that are facing a crisis. The food pantries combine immediate assistance along with referrals to long term government support as well as benefits.

Some of the 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. The key is to find out what the application process is as well as hours of operation. Even if a food bank can't help, they will often provide referrals to nearby Alexandria programs.

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.

Buckeye Food Pantry
Address is 260 Hwy 1206
Deville, Louisiana 71328
(318) 664-0590
Partnering with De ville Pentecostal Church and benefiting from Buckeye School Food Drives, the elderly may be given as much as 50 pounds of food from the charity.

Pine Ridge
20 A Smith Road
Elmer, LA 71424
(318) 659-3194
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.

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.




Council On Aging of Rapides
204 Chester Street
Alexandria, Louisiana 71301
(318) 445-7985
Elderly services include Meals on Wheels, Commodity Supplemental Food Program, Senior brown bags, and other services.

Salvation Army
Address: 620 Beauregard St
Alexandria, Louisiana
318 442-0445
Staff or volunteers offer Thanksgiving and Holiday meals. There is also shelter, Christmas toys for children, and other poverty as well as hunger fighting programs.

Manna House
2655 Lee Street
Alexandria, LA 71301
(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 utilities, food, household furniture, clothing, and Christmas toys or food or meal baskets. There is also case management and information on homeless prevention and SNAP food stamp sites.




Many other programs and food pantries are also located in Rapides Parish. For referrals, 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.


By Jon McNamara

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