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Free food pantries, soup kitchens and food banks in Sebastian County.

Food programs in Sebastian County Arkansas are mostly offered by churches, charities as well as free emergency food pantries. A number of resources are provided to families in need, and range from perishable items like fruits, breads, and meats to canned goods. Hot meals like breakfast, lunch, or dinner are also offered in the Fort Smith Arkansas area. Hundreds of local families receive assistance on a monthly basis.

Many of the food banks, pantries near you and churches provide other help as well. This can range from referrals and information on federal government and state of Arkansas food assistance programs like SNAP, to details on where to pick up items like clothing or baby formula or personal hygiene supplies. Many pantries or soup kitchens also serve free Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter meals. There is also a referral number at the bottom of this page.

If you need help for you or your family, and need a place to turn to for free food, meals, or groceries, do not hesitate to call or stop by one of these Sebastian area food pantries or churches.

Cavanaugh Free Will Baptist Church – Only has non-perishable food only, and anyone who needs help can call this local church. The address is 2825 Grinnell Street, Fort Smith, AR 72908, phone number is (479) 646-2806

Central Christian Church
Location is 400 North Waldron
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72903
Dial (479) 452-1901
Provides meals, groceries and food for people in need.

Eastside Baptist Church
2710 Massard Street
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Dial (479) 452-1481
Has an onsite food pantry.




Mission Point Missionary Baptist
3220 North 52nd Street
Fort Smith, AR 72904
Call (479) 785-2450
Meals may be offered for the homeless, as well as other emergency food assistance for the working poor and very low income.

Quinn Chapel AME Church
723 North 8th Street
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Main number (479) 783-7140
This church runs food programs for the poor, very low income, and indigent in Sebastian County and the local area.

Ragan Family Center
Main number is 3300 North 6th Street
Fort Smith, AR 72904
Administrative phone number is (479) 783-4161

Saint James Baptist Food Pantry
Location - 4916 High Street
Fort Smith, AR 72904
Call the center at (479) 782-5756
The center offers canned goods, meals, and referrals.





Seventh Day Church Of God
3915 Massard Road
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72903
Main number is (479) 452-6245

Community Rescue Mission
310 North F Street
Fort Smith, AR 72902
Phone - 479-782-1443
The charity helps the poor, homeless, and jobless among others in Sebastian County. Hot meals, clothes, goods like soap or detergent and shows, job programs, and more is offered. A free food pantry may have soup, rice, cereal, and other supplies.

Faith Fellowship Tabernacle
Main address - 4501 Virginia Avenue
Fort Smith, AR 72904
(479) 494-0025
Has free boxes of food, groceries, and other aid.

Midland Heights United Methodist
Food pantry and soup kitchen address is 3500 N. 6th Street
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72904
They serve students after school snacks. There is also a Saturday meal, pantry for groceries, paper goods, perishable food, and more. Christmas help is offered too.

Calvary Baptist Church
Address is 2301 Midland Blvd.
Ft. Smith, AR 72904
Main phone - 479-783-7279

Goddard United Methodist Church
1922 Dodson Avenue
Fort Smith, AR 72906
Call (479) 785-1415
Call for information. The very low income in Sebastian County can receive emergency bags of groceries, holiday meals, holiday meals or items such as clothing.





Fort Smith The Salvation Army
301 North 6th Street
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Main number (479) 783-6145
Resources offered include social services, emergency financial assistance, and other aid for the less fortunate and low income. While may be more rare, some funds can be available for expenses such as energy bills and rent. Also get information on government assistance like TANF, summer meals, and food stamps. They also serve free Turkeys during Thanksgiving and Christmas food boxes. More on Arkansas Salvation Army centers.

Solomon Church
Main address of pantry is 4400 North N Street
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Dial (479) 782-7567 for intake or hours on the church

Church Of The Nazarene – Greenwood
800 Old Excelsior Road
Greenwood, Arkansas 72936
Call the church at (479) 459-1200

First Assembly Of God Of Greenwood
725 Park Drive
Greenwood, AR 72936
Main phone number is (479) 996-6030

Lavaca School District
PO Box 8
Lavaca, Arkansas 72941
(479) 674-5611
Provides food and other aid to low income members of the school district.

River Valley Regional Foodbank
Address is 1420 N 32nd St
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72904
Phone number - (479) 785-0582
Baby formula, groceries, holiday meals, and other services are offered from the emergency food pantry.

Community Services Clearinghouse
4420 Wheeler Avenue
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901
Main phone number is (479) 649-4636
A main program they run is Meals For Kids Program. This service specifically targets hunger in area households for children and students. More on food assistance from Sebastian County community action.

Hearts of Worship Church
Main address is 5001 North "O" St.
Ft. Smith, AR 72904
Telephone 479-782-7722







Evangel Temple Assembly Of God
Food pantry address is 1110 South 12th Street
Fort Smith, AR 72901
(479) 782-9121
Provides hot meals, clothing and food assistance.

The Hope Epicenter
619 North 20th Street
Van Buren, Arkansas 72956
Main phone - (479) 262-6117
The pantry may have rice, pasta, beans, soap, baby formula, spam, canned meats, Oatmeal and more. The low income and working poor can use the emergency food bank.

Additional free food programs in Fort Smith region

There are many other places for help out there. There are free groceries from pantries near you, hot meals or snacks for students from soup kitchens, USDA programs (like food stamps or school lunches) and more. Dial 479-785-0582, and even learn about Meals on Wheels for the homebound.


By Jon McNamara

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