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St. Joseph County free food pantries.

There are several food banks in St. Joseph County that focus on helping families from the immediate town or local neighborhoods. These are non-profits as well as churches that only assist local residents, with one service operating countywide. The centers may have everything from free boxes of food, hot meals, cleaning supplies, and other goods, such as clothing or furniture.

This is the case as the food pantries are multi-faced. This means that a St. Joseph County Michigan family may not just receive canned or fresh groceries, but they provide other support as well. Depending on the center and resources available, there may be financial aid, applications to SNAP food stamps, Christmas meals or toys and more. Some even provide baby formula or operate a Meals on Wheels service.

When facing an emergency, or when struggling over the long term, call a center below. They try not to turn anyone away.

Emergency Care Network
Address is 305 East Main Street
Centreville, Michigan 49032
Dial (269) 467-8645
Free emergency food is available for two towns in St. Joseph County, and they include Centreville and Nottawa. The pantry can be used one day per month only.
Another location is at 132 North Blackston Avenue, Colon, Michigan 49040. Call the non-profit at (269) 423-3371 for information.

Constantine Food Bank
Address is 185 West Fifth Street
Constantine, Michigan 49042
(269) 435-9785
Town residents can receive groceries, fresh fruits, vegetables, and more. Staff members also give referrals to WIC and SNAP food stamp voucher programs.





Pantry and Soup Kitchen
Location is 114 West Main Street
Mendon, Michigan 49072

First Baptist Church of Sturgis / Helping Hands Backpack Program
Location of the program is 1050 Fawn River Rd
Sturgis, MI 49091
Phone number is (269) 651-2865

Sturgis Church of the Nazarene
Location - 70031 S Lakeview St
Sturgis, Michigan 49091
Call (269) 651-1724
Daily Bread Pantry

The Salvation Army Family Services
Main address - 105 North Fourth Street
Sturgis, MI 49091
(269) 651-3805
All of St. Joseph County Michigan is supported. There is a thrift store for clothing, a soup kitchen that has Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, and a more traditional pantry. They also may have shelter, diapers for new moms, and other basic needs, including free Christmas toys.

Holy Angels Helping Hands Food Pantry
Main address: 402 S Nottawa St.
Sturgis, Michigan
Phone: (269) 651-5200
Meals on Wheels, Thanksgiving turkeys, a clothing closet, and other items are available.





Emergency Care Network – Three Rivers
The pantry is at Railroad Street
Three Rivers, MI 49093
(269) 273-2147

Centreville United Methodist Church
Address - 305 E Main St
Centreville, Michigan 49032
Phone:(269) 467-8645
Services include a soup kitchen, blankets and hygiene for the homeless, and a winter coat donation program.

White Pigeon Care Program
Address is 16603 Us-12
White Pigeon, MI 49099
Telephone number - (269) 483-7621
The charity helps address hunger in White Pigeon and Mottville only.

For more information or referrals, call the Feeding America Food Bank of St. Joseph. The intake number is 269.964.3663. There is information on other pantries as well as public aid such as school lunches, USDA commodities, and more.



By Jon McNamara

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