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Shelby and Oldham County food pantries.

There are several food pantries that can help Oldham or Shelby County families in an emergency. Most of them rely on donations from the public or partners such as Feeding America. Many low income families, senior citizens, or those residents with a disability turn to these food banks for short term support. Not only may groceries be offered, but some sites offer case management, financial aid, or even free Thanksgiving or Christmas meals.

The programs available will vary. Some of the food pantries will only distribute boxes of groceries that are meant to satisfy short term needs. Other agencies will offer fresh produce in Shelby County Kentucky or they pass out USDA Emergency Food Boxes. No matter what is requested from one of these non-profits, the client will need to satisfy all of the income conditions that are in place. Also, if one of the local food banks can't help, the staff may have referrals for the client.

Multi-purpose Community Action Agency - Shelby County Family Service Center
Address is 1145 Washington Street
Shelbyville, Kentucky 40065
(502) 633-6371
Clients can get fresh produce, free boxes of emergency food, surplus USDA commodities and more. They offer referrals to SNAP food stamps as well for very low income families.

Operation Care - Shelby
Location is 708 Main Street
Shelbyville, Kentucky 40065
Phone: (502) 633-1965
A thrift shop and food bank are on site. There are goods such as personal hygiene items, free food,  appliances, clothing, laundry detergent, furniture, and household items. There may also be Christmas toys for children and holiday meals as well.

American Red Cross – Oldham County
1215 N HWY 393
Buckner, KY 40010
(502) 222-0308
There is a food pantry, emergency financial aid for rent or utilities, medications, and more. Other support from the non-profit includes Christmas assistance and school clothing and supplies.




Community Chest Of Oldham County
Address is 3060 Hwy 42
La Grange, KY 40031
Dial (502) 222-0427
An emergency food pantry is on site. Cereal, milk, baby formula, and more is for low income families.

Tri-county Community Action Agency
1015 Dispatchers Way
Lagrange, Kentucky 40031
(502) 222-1349

Regional Salvation Army
Call (502) 671-4900
Services or referrals extend to Shelby and Oldham County. There is a food pantry and seasonal support, including holiday meals or gifts. The elderly can seek home delivery of meals. Other aid includes housing, limited household items, clothing, and other basic needs.

Dare to Care
A network of local charities operate both food pantries and soup kitchens. They feed the hungry, with a focus on children, seniors, and the vulnerable. The staff can also offer referrals to everything from diaper to clothing programs or food stamp application sites. Call 502.966.3821.



By Jon McNamara

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