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Free food banks, pantries and soup kitchens Tennessee

Low-income families and people with no money will get free groceries from a food bank in Tennessee. The distribution centers as well as pantries near you many of which partner with Feeding America / Second Harvest, provide free food boxes, pet supplies or service hot meals. Find a free food bank in TN near you.

Several primary locations, which are referenced below, take the lead in distributing groceries, canned goods, baby formula, and other food items to the low income, seniors over the age of 60, unemployed and working poor in the state. In addition, referrals and other hunger prevention programs will generally be provided, and there a phone number at the bottom of the page for more free food programs.

There is free canned or fresh food from the pantries and food banks as well as hot meals from soup kitchens in Tennessee. Contact a location for groceries, including produce, breads, and meat. Many distribution centers, including free pet food banks or USDA sites, may also be able to provide advice on resources such as food stamps, EBT cars, baby formula, cooking classes, and money saving tips for clients. Learn more on best ways to save money on food costs.

In addition to distributing free groceries year round, many of the Tennessee pantries near you may have special holiday meals and gift services. Numerous agencies in your county may also offer other forms of assistance for food, including gift cards or vouchers. There are also Meals on Wheels and drive thru pantries open today in TN. 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.

Regional free food distribution centers in TN

Each county and town in TN has a Feeding America or Second Harvest center. They partner with churches, charities and the government to help low-income families get free or low cost food, personal toiletries and nutritional support. Many also operate Farm Markets, provide free government commodities (cheese, bread, etc.) and other support.




Chattanooga Area Food Bank provides help in the MSA, including Bledsoe, Bradley, Grundy, Hamilton, Mc Minn, Marion, Meigs, Polk, Rhea, Sequatchie, and Van Buren County as well as parts of GA. The non-profit is part of Feeding America and the main address is 2009 Curtain Pole Road, Chattanooga , TN 37406.  Free food programs, SNAP education, weekend backpacks full of snacks for kids and more are for the Hamilton County region of Tennessee. Phone number - 423-622-1800

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee is located at 127 Dillon Court, Gray, TN 37615. They offer food banks and distribution is the counties of  Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington. 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.

  • A great place for referrals and free food. There is produce, dairy and applications to EBT in Tennessee. People can turn to this center during their time of need, and receive free food, meals, groceries, and other support. Call Call 423-477-4053.

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
320 Premier Ct Suite 218, Franklin, TN 37067. Phone: (844) 642-4673

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.

Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee is for low-income families, the disabled and elderly in Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Cumberland, Fentress, as well as Grainger County. They also operate food banks for Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier, and Union County. There is seasonal and year round free food giveaways.

  • The Feeding America center 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. Thousands of pounds of food, perishable items, meats, and more are passed out to the needy, non-profit pantries and local churches each month. The location is 136 Harvest Lane, Maryville, TN 37801. Call 865-521-0000.Food banks in Tennessee

Mid-South Food Bank covers several counties. Boxes of groceries, formula for infants, free surplus government commodities, and more is passed out. There are also free hot meals or dinners for the homeless. Address of distribution center is 3865 S Perkins Rd, Memphis, TN 38118. Call (901) 527-0841.

  • The Food Bank has partners, and provides help, in the counties of Alcorn, Benton, Coahoma, De Soto, Itawamba, Lafayette, Lee, Marshall, Monroe, Panola, as well as Pontotoc. Or there is also free food pantries and drive thru food banks in Prentiss, Quitman, Tate, Tippah, Tishomingo, Tunica, Union, Crockett, Dyer, Fayette, Hardeman, Haywood, Lake, Lauderdale, Mc Nairy, Madison, Obion, Shelby, as well as Tipton.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is a Feeding America center that covers the most geographic area. Those in need from the counties of Bedford, Benton, Cannon, Carroll, Cheatham, Chester, Clay, Coffee, Davidson, Decatur, Dekalb, Dickson, or Franklin can call on the non-profit. They also cover Gibson, Giles, Hardin, Henderson, Henry, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Jackson, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Macon, Marshall, Maury, Montgomery as well as Moore County.

  • Partners of Second Harvest are also for Overton, Perry, Pickett, Putnam, Robertson, Rutherford, Smith, Stewart, Sumner, Trousdale, Warren, Wayne, Weakley, White, Williamson, as well as Wilson County. 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. Davidson County and the immediate region are supported. Thousands of low income and unemployed families use the services offered here, including the Health and Nutrition workshops. The main office is at 331 Great Circle Road, Nashville, TN 37228. Dial 615-329-3491.




Greeneville-Greene County Community Ministry
Address: 107 N Cutler St., Greeneville - TN, 37743. Dial (423) 638-1667
May also have special meals or food items for the holidays, including Thanksgiving and Christmas. There is also a Senior Box Program (CSFP) for the elderly or seniors over the age of 60.

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

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. Free holiday meals and gifts may be passed out.

Sevier County Food Ministries
890 Old Knoxville Hwy, Sevierville Tennessee, 37862. Call the food bank at (865) 428-5182 for information
There is a soup kitchen, including with free holiday food boxes, as well as a pet food pantries with free dog or cat food. Or the low-income will get groceries, dairy, pasta and similar items to feed their family.

Hands Of Mercy
147 Court St., Kingston TN, 37763. Call (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.




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, Feeding America in TN and other organizations exist that help feed low income as well as struggling families.


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