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Free food banks Tennessee

Families and individuals who need free food, groceries or household goods in Tennessee can get assistance. Locate a pantry, grocery distribution center or free food bank in Tennessee below, that may be near you. Several primary locations, which are referenced below, take the lead in distributing groceries, canned goods, and other food items to the low income or struggling. They will often coordinate with other local non-profits, churches, and pantries in your neighborhood. So referrals and other support will generally be provided, and there a phone number at the bottom of the page for more programs.

With the increasing cost of groceries and other household items, more and more people are receiving free food from the pantries and food banks in Tennessee. Contact a location for groceries, including produce, breads, and meat. Many locations listed below including by county may also be able to provide counseling and advice on resources such as food stamps, baby formula, clothing closets, and holiday meals.

In addition to distributing free groceries, many of the Tennessee pantries near you may have special holiday meals and gift services. Or case managers can help individuals apply for food stamps, WIC, summer meals, or locate free or gently used clothing.

Numerous agencies in your county may also offer other forms of financial assistance or food. When contacting an organization below ask them for more information on assistance programs in your county of Tennessee

Free pantries and food banks specific to Tennessee counties

A number of food distribution centers are located in the major cities and counties in Tennessee, and find the main locations below. Those are not your only options though. An extensive number of additional food pantries operate in Tennessee and support families just in those local counties. Continue to scroll down to find more pantries and soup kitchens that may be near you.




Manna From Heaven Food Bank
Address is 224 Ellis Ave
Maryville - Tennessee, 37804
Phone number - (865) 983-8023

Chattanooga Area Food Bank
2009 Curtain Pole Road
Chattanooga , TN 37406
Phone number - 423.622.1800
Free food programs are for the Hamilton County region of Tennessee.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee
127 Dillon Ct.
Gray, Tennessee 37615
This is a leading non-profit in the region. They distribute food items to churches, charities, community action agencies and other groups. Those sites then process applications and provide the food, for free, to qualified families in the northeastern part of the state.

Paris Henry County Food Bank
Address - 55 Jones Bend Road Ext
Paris - TN, 38242
Phone number is (731) 642-3172
Government commodities, canned food, and other aid offered for low income and seniors.

One Generation Away
They offer assistance, including a mobile food pantry, in Middle Tennessee. The non-profit supports the counties of Cheatham, Davidson (Nashville), Maury and Williamson. The agency also partners with charities, churches, and non-profits to help the food insecure. Learn more

Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee
922 Delaware Avenue
Knoxville, Tennessee 37921-0213
Call 865.521.0000
Supports churches, charities, and non-profits in the eastern part of the state. Free food, meals, and perishable items are provided to families from this center.





Mid-South Food Bank
Address of distribution center is 239 S. Dudley Street
Memphis, TN 38104-3203

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
331 Great Circle Road
Nashville, TN 37228
Dial 615.329.3491
Some of what may be offered include government commodities, rice, baby formula, breads, and more. Income qualified children and senior citizens are always a focus.

Riverside Food Ministry
599 Ocoee St.
Copperhill - Tennessee, 37317
Dial - (423) 496-3000
A great place for referrals and free food. People can turn to this center during their time of need, and receive free food, meals, groceries, and other support.

Donelson Hermitage Second Harvest Food Bank
2319 Lebanon Pike Cir
Nashville - Tennessee, 37210
Main numer - (615) 889-8568

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
608 20th Avenue North
Nashville - Tennessee, 37203
Main number is 615-329-3491
Davidson County and the immediate region are supported. Thousands of low income and unemployed families use the services offered here.

The (Memphis TN) Food Bank
239 S. Dudley St.
Memphis - TN, 38104
Call the pantry at (901) 527-0841
Boxes of groceries, formula for infants, free surplus government commodities, and more is passed out.

Greeneville-Greene Co Community Ministry
Address: 107 N Cutler St.
Greeneville - TN, 37743
(423) 638-1667





Open Door - Whitwell
2573 Highway 283
Whitwell - TN, 37397
Call - (423) 658-2580
May also have special meals or food items for the holidays, including Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Dream Interfaith Ministries
4284 Shelby Road
Millington - Tennessee, 38053
Call the food bank at 901-872-2858

Samaritan House Mission
Address - 115 Simth Circle
Loretto - Tennessee, 38469
Main number - 931-853-7144
Senior citizens, the working poor, and low income families receive assistance. Resources are limited so are focused on people who are most at risk, such as young children.

God's Store House
121 N Cosby Hwy
Newport - TN, 37821
Call (423) 623-4855

Smyrna Lavergne Food Bank
Location - Location 130 Richardson St.
Smyrna - TN, 37167
Dial (615) 355-0697 for hours

United Way Food Bank
The pantry is at 85 S Ocoee St
Cleveland - TN, 37311
Agency phone number - (423) 479-8575

Marion County Community Ministries
Food pantry location - 141 Alabama Ave
Sequatchie - Tennessee, 37374
Phone - (423) 942-9556
Call for emergency boxes of food or referrals. Some lunches or snacks for seniors and students on break may also be offered.

Christmas Wish Foundation.
916 Bowmantown Rd.
Limestone, TN, 37681
Free holiday meals and gifts may be passed out.

Second Harvest Food Bank - Knoxville
922 Delaware Ave
Knoxville - TN, 37921
(865) 521-0000
Thousands of pounds of food, perishable items, meats, and more are passed out to the needy, non-profit pantries and local churches each month.

Sevier County Food Ministries
890 Old Knoxville Hwy
Sevierville - Tennessee, 37862
Call the food bank at (865) 428-5182 for information

Hands Of Mercy
147 Court St.
Kingston - TN, 37763
(865) 717-9885
In addition to a bag of groceries, staff can often help people apply for government and state of Tennessee aid, such as NAP food stamps.

Crockett Care Food Bank
151 Conley Rd
Alamo - Tennessee, 38001
Main phone number - (731) 696-4067







Wilson County Community Help Center
Main address - 203 W High St
Lebanon, TN 37087
Dial - (615) 449-1856

Alternate Tennessee free food bank locations

If you need to find the locations of other free food banks, pantries, or soup kitchens in Tennessee that may be near you dial 615.329.3491. Numerous other non-profits, churches, and other organizations exist that help feed low income as well as struggling families.


By Jon McNamara

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