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Shelby and Talladega County free food pantries.

Food pantries across the area are focused on preventing hunger. There are agencies in both Talladega and Shelby County that operate these centers. The programs available include free boxes of groceries, applications to government aid such as vouchers from WIC or food stamps, and holiday meals. Some of the charities will also offer other support including clothing or small amounts of financial aid to families in a crisis.

The primary locations in the counties are below. The church based food banks are often open limited hours, and people should call in advance. On the other hand, some of the other larger non-profit organizations or government agencies may be open five days per week. Call a center to apply for food assistance, locate clothing for work, and other support. Or a location may offer referrals to programs as wide ranging as Thanksgiving or Christmas food baskets.

Salvation Army Center
Thrift store and pantry - 108 Plaza Circle, Suite E
Alabaster, AL 35007
(205) 663-7105
Resources include a food pantry, Christmas meals and gifts, school supplies, and even financial help for bills. The pantry in Shelby County Alabama depends heavily on donations and volunteers.

Asbury UMC Food Pantry
Address is 6690 Cahaba Valley Road
Birmingham, Alabama 35242

Serving You Ministries - Brook Highland
7160 Cahaba Valley Road
Birmingham, AL 35242
(205) 908-7985
Assistance is available to Shelby County residents too. Groceries, baby formula, fruits, and more are on site.

Calera First United Methodist Church
Main address is 6107 Highway 31
Calera, Alabama 35040
Main phone - (205) 668-0951




Shelby Baptist Association Church & Community Ministries
205 Walton Street
Columbiana, AL 35051
(205) 669-7858
A food pantry is on site. They also operate a thrift store with clothing and personal hygiene items, serve hot meals, and a home delivery service for the elderly.

Lincoln Food Pantry
Address is 181 Magnolia Street
Lincoln, AL 35096
(205) 763-1357
The church offers free food, groceries, and other support in both Lincoln as well as Talladega.

Hoover Church Of Christ Food Pantry
Address is 3248 Lorna Road
Hoover, Alabama 35216
Main phone number - (205) 822-5610

Shelby Emergency Assistance
Address is 620 Valley Street
Montevallo, AL 35115
Phone - (205) 665-1942
Free food, applications to WIC vouchers and USDA food is all offered. This non-profit also provides help for expenses such as energy bills or will help low income families apply for free government lunches for their children.

American Red Cross - Shelby County Service Center
4524 Southlake Parkway, Suite 5
Hoover, Alabama 35244
(205) 987-2792
They only help during a disaster. Clothing, water, meals, and shelter may be coordinated.




Samaritan House
1301 Allison Mill Road
Talladega, Alabama 35160
Dial the pantry at (256) 362-7698
Emergency boxes of food, rice, canned meats, and more are for the working poor and unemployed, among others.

Talladega County Board Of Education Rural Relief Fund
Location is 106 W South Street
Talladega, AL 35160
(256) 315-5100

Dial 205-942-8911 for locations of additional food banks. Or residents can learn about other services for preventing hunger. Of emphasis is on ensuring that the elderly and children in Shelby County have some source of food.


By Jon McNamara

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