Shelby County and Memphis free food banks, soup kitchens and pantries.

Find where to get free food as well as other support, such as holiday meals, in Memphis and Shelby County Tennessee. A number of food banks, free pantries, churches, soup kitchens, and non-profits operate across the city as well as county. Each location is committed to providing support to the needy in the community. Free food pantries or soup kitchens near you may have everything from free food, groceries, vouchers to a store, and other assistance to families and individuals who need help. Find locations in the Memphis area as well as a toll free referral number at the bottom of the page.

Some of the food banks collect donations from local business and private individuals and distribute this aid to the needy. Others partner with government programs and agencies. Regardless of where and what programs the pantry operates, each is committed to helping as many Memphis area families as possible. Free groceries, baby formula, and personal toiletries (among other items) may be provided. They are focused on preventing hunger of people from all ages, ranging from children to the elderly.

Call a food bank in the Shelby County area using the phone number and information below. Many can also offer other assistance such as financial help for bills, rent, medications, SNAP applications and even clothing., all in addition to the free food.

Catholic Charities, Inc.
1325 Jefferson
Memphis, TN 38104
Phone number - (901) 722-4700
Referrals are needed from MIFA in order to get help. For those that do this, on Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday, the charity offers a clothes closet & food pantry from 9am -12pm.  The requirements for the program is that the applicant brings some form of ID and to visit the pantry, the client would, first, have to visit MIFA (910 Vance Ave. Memphis, TN 38104) to get a food voucher. Only after that has been done can they then bring it to the food pantry @ 1325 Jefferson Ave. to redeem it for their groceries.There are also free personal hygiene and household supplies.  Read more on food assistance from Memphis Catholic Charities.

 

 

 

 

Brinkley Heights Baptist Church
Address of the pantry is 3277 Rosamond Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38122
Phone number - (901) 458-0617
Clothing and food bank. Volunteers may also deliver a meal to a senior citizen in the parish.

Shelby County Community Services Agency – Commodities Program
This is a regional agency that provides free monthly food distribution of non-perishable groceries. they also help Shelby County families in poverty apply for food stamps or other benefits. Staff or partners have food items at community sites, and the goods are for eligible families, individuals and households.
Address - 100 North Main Street #1300, Memphis 38103. Call 901-545-4526.

Calvary Episcopal Church
Church address is 102 N. Second Street
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
Call the church at - (901) 525-6602
The location runs a soup kitchen and provides free meals and food.

Calvary Baptist Church
Address - 3812 Kirby Parkway
Memphis, Tennessee 38115
Call for help - (901) 795-5407
A local free food pantry.

 

 

 

 

Healing Heart Ministries
Address of the food bank is 3208 James Rd
Memphis, TN 38128
Phone - 901-327-4470

First Congregational Church Food Pantry
1000 S. Cooper
Memphis, Tennessee 38014
901.278.6786
in addition to the pantry, the have a hot lunch Monday through Friday from 11:00-1:00. As far as the groceries and other goods, this is from the free food pantry on Mondays and Wednesdays at the same time. Proof of Memphis ID needed.

Midtown Mosque
1276 Jackson Ave.
Memphis, TN 38107, 38107
Phone (901) 672-7195
They offer Muslims customized, culturally approved food items. They also deliver if/when needed and have a mobile pantry.

St. John Baptist
640 Vance Ave
Memphis, TN 38126
Phone number is 901-525-1092
The free pantry help the low income, immigrants, minorities and others. Items include Cooking Oil, Juice, Cereal (Hot & Cold), Peanut Butter, Christmas food boxes and more.

United Methodist Neighborhood, Scott Center Pantry
Memphis, TN 38111
901-323-4995

Neighborhood Christian Center
223 Scott St
Memphis, Tennessee 38112
901-881-6013
The faith based charity helps the poor, seniors, disabled, and struggling. There are free Thanksgiving turkey dinners, Christmas meals, and Easter baskets. Or get groceries, hot meals, soap or detergent, and hygiene items from the food pantry and clothing closet.

St. Mary's Catholic Church Soup Kitchen
Address is 155 Market Street
Memphis, Tennessee 38105
Dial 901-522-9420

 

 

 

Christ Missionary Baptist Church
494 South Parkway East
Memphis, TN 38106
Phone number is 901-948-9786
Canned groceries and free perishable items, such as fruit, meat, dairy. they give low income single mothers free baby formula or diapers. There are also Meals on Wheels too.

NAMBC Food Pantry
Location is 1423 Norris Ave
Memphis, TN 38106
901.359.6371

Holy Trinity Community Church
685 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111
Main phone 901-320-9376
Get items like beans, snacks for students, Boxed or Canned Juices, Laundry Detergent, Paper products, and more.

St. Anne Food Pantry
706 S. Highland
Memphis, TN 38111
Main phone 901-458-4238

First Unitarian Church - St. John's UMC Soup Kitchen
292 W. Virginia Ave
Memphis, Tennessee 38104
901-526-8631
Free hot breakfast, lunches, and dinners, including at holidays. The low income, immigrants, and homeless among others can get assistance.

Leawood Baptist Church
Food pantry address is 1202 Dyer
Memphis, TN 38122
Phone 901-328-1025

Memphis International Church
1435 Wells Station Road
Memphis, TN 38108
901-452-7993

Catholic Church of Ascension Food Pantry
3680 Ramill Rd
Memphis, Tennessee 38128
901-372-1364

 

 

 

 

Church of the Holy Names
Address - 697 Keel Avenue
Memphis, TN 38107
(901) 525-9870
Some of the assistance programs administered on site include a food pantry, soup kitchen, and the charity also offers clothes closet. Families in an emergency take priority. Zip codes of 38103, 38105, and 38107 are covered.

First Presbyterian Church
Center address - 166 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, Tennessee 38105
Dial for help - (901) 525-5619
An on site soup kitchen offers hot meals on Sundays at 2:00pm. Also get information and limited amounts of financial assistance for paying bills and rent.

Shelby County SVDP food and social services
Many resources are offered. There is financial aid, a low cost thrift store, and free food pantry. Get personal toiletries, free bags of groceries, or hot meals from the soup kitchen. Or get backpacks of snacks for kids or information on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. More on SVDP Memphis County assistance programs.

Grace St. Luke's Episcopal Church
Address - 1720 Peabody Ave.
Memphis, Tennessee 38104
Telephone - (901) 272-7425
Get hot meal from the soup kitchen. Food is also passed out. Thanksgiving and Christmas meals may be served, and a child from a low income Memphis family could be given a free gift or toy.

First Works, Inc.
204 N. Second St.
Memphis, TN 38105
Dial the food bank at (901) 526-8228
Anyone, not just low income, can use the food pantry and possibly get clothing.

Highland Heights United Methodist Church
3476 Summer Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38122
Phone - (901) 458-5966
The charity has volunteers that operate a free food pantry.

Memphis & Shelby County Health Department
757 Galloway
Memphis, TN 38105
Dial for assistance (901) 544-7600
Some basic medical care, such as immunizations for women, children & infants, is offered in addition to food.

Memphis Union Mission
383 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
(901) 526-8434
Homeless can get a meal, fresh fruits, soup, and more. Blankets, personal hygiene items, and holiday programs are run too.

Mississippi Blvd Christian Church
1720 Peabody Ave
Memphis, TN 38104
901-726-1142
Items may be baby formula, diapers for single moms, gently used clothing, and Christmas food baskets for the working poor in Shelby County.

Broadmoor Baptist Church
3824 Austin Peay Highway
Memphis, Tennessee 38128
Call 901.386.9643 for hours.

 

 

 

 

RMBC Community Services
Address is 3560 S Third Street
Memphis, TN 38109
Call (901) 789-4570
They operate a food pantry, thrift store, and clothing closet on Thursdays only.

Cross-Way Church
2633 Altruria Rd
Memphis, TN 38134
Call (901) 388-8515 for hours
The pantry is open Saturday and Sunday only. Free emergency food boxes and Christmas meals are offered in Shelby County.

St John's United Methodist Church
1207 Peabody Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104
(901) 726-4104
The charity food bank will assist low income and working poor families with a voucher.

Hope for the Midsouth Ministries
The agency is at 7190 Pam Drive
Millington, Tennessee 38053
Main phone - (888) 926-4592
Food is sold at reduced prices to the public. The discount program may have meats, fruits, baby formula, and other groceries items, as well as some meals for senior needs.

St. Patrick's Catholic Church
277 South Fourth Street @ Linden
Memphis, TN 38126
Call - (901) 527-2542
This church offers referrals to government programs, charities, and local food banks.

Fig Tree Food Pantry
1325 Jefferson
Memphis, Tennessee 38104
Call 901-722-4797
Emergency boxes of food are passed out. Staff can also refer clients to public aid such as SNAP food stamp application sites.

New Era MB Church
797 Laurel
Memphis, TN 38114
901.327.3471

United Methodist Neighborhood Center
Address of the food center - 1647 Dellwood
Memphis, TN 38107
Dial for help - (901) 357-9538
Food pantry is offered for anyone.

The Life Church
Address - 1800 N. Germantown Pkwy
Cordova, TN 38016
Call 901.751.0095

 

 

 

 

Good Neighbor Love Center Food Pantry
780 N. College Blvd
West Memphis, TN 72301
Telephone: 870.735.0870
Senior citizens can use this pantry for home delivered meals. Contents may be rice, milk, soup, and more. Other support can be referrals to school supplies or surplus USDA commodities.

Heartsong Church UMC Neighborhood Center
800 N. Houston Levee
Cordova, Tennessee 38016
901-755-6332

United Methodist Neighborhood Center
3000 Walnut Grove Rd.
Memphis, Tennessee 38111
(901) 323-4993
Both clothing and a food bank is run on site. Seniors as well as disabled often take priority.

Another location of United Methodist Neighborhood Center is at the address below.
602 Looney Street
Memphis, Tennessee 38107
Phone number - (901) 523-1036
Clothing and a food pantry is administered.

MIFA – Emergency Services
Shelby County residents who have experienced a job loss or reduction in hours, and the resulting unexpected loss of income in the last 90 days may be able to get help from this agency. The center can provide a free voucher for five-day supply of food, to be redeemed at an area food bank or pantry. Get assistance up to four times per year. The center is currently located at 910 Vance Avenue, Memphis 38126, or dial 901- 527-0208.

Tennessee Department of Human Services – Food Stamps. The government can provides monthly financial assistance and help with bills to low-income households and individuals through EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cards which can be used to purchase food. Apply at the nearest Department of Human Services office, which includes

  • North Branch Office - Family Assistance, 3230 Jackson Ave., Memphis, TN 38122, Call 901-320-7200.
  • Also dial Welles Branch Office - Family Assistance, 3360 South Third Street,  Memphis, TN 38109. Dial 901-344-5040.
  • Or call the Toll-free Family Assistance Center number at 1-866-311-4287. Anyone who has had food aid cut or an application turned down, they can find help when denied SNAP food stamps.

Memphis agencies run the WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children) program, which provides free baby formula and groceries, healthcare services to low-income pregnant, nutrition counseling, breast feeding and postpartum women, and support and programs to at-risk infants and young children. Call 901-528-0044 to get access to WIC Clinic locations.

Friends For Life
Address: 43 N Cleveland
Memphis, Tennessee 38104
Telephone - (901) 272-0855
The center provides food to eligible AIDS/HIV patients and their immediate families. Other support and guidance may be provided too.

 

 

 

 

Memphis Salvation Army
Main location 877 Blythe
Memphis, TN 38104
Main telephone number is (901) 729-8084
The center provides services, including a food pantry for seniors age 62 and above. A thrift store is on site, and Thanksgiving turkeys may be served. In addition, the location will also offer emergency food and groceries for anyone in need once a month. There are also Christmas meals, snacks for students, and Easter baskets. An appointment is needed. Another location is the Salvation Army-Ben Lear Corps is another option. The address is 877 Blythe Memphis, TN 38014. Call 901-543-5136.

St. Michael's Catholic Church
Food bank location is 3867 Summer Ave
Memphis, TN 38122
Call (901) 323-0896 for hours.
Runs a food pantry for only zip code 38122.

Raleigh Assembly of God - Monthly Food Pantry
3683 Austin Peay Hwy
Memphis, Tennessee 38128-3717
Phone number is (901) 386-5055
Provides food pantry and groceries on Saturday once per month for anyone in need of help. Or get laundry detergent, sanitizers, soap, and more.

St. Andrew AME Church
Location is 1369 Mississippi Blvd
Memphis, TN 38106
(901) 948-3441
The charity partners with other agencies to offer meals and other social services.

First Baptist Church
Location is 2903 Washington Road
Eads, TN 38028
Call the charity at 901-867-3502

Capleville Community Food Pantry
4725 Riverdale
Capleville, TN 38141
901.363.1859
Snacks may be given to children from low income families. Boxes of groceries are passed out to others.

Bellevue Baptist Church
3759 N Watkins
Memphis, Tennessee 38127
(901) 358-3391
Food is offered for 38107 and 38127 zip codes.

Landmark Food Pantry
Food Pantry address is 2489 Carnes Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38114
(901) 620-9558
In a crisis, there may be food provided from volunteers or referrals given to other local resources.

 

 

 

 

Additional free food programs in Shelby County

There are many other non-profit and charitable food pantries in Shelby County near you, as well as government programs. Call 901.527.0841 for linkage to pantries or soup kitchens, or to learn about application sites for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP), surplus USDA commodities, or even the Meals on Wheels service for the elderly and disabled in Memphis.

By Jon McNamara

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