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Texas free food banks, soup kitchens and food pantries.

Get free food from food banks and pantries throughout Texas. The distribution centers partner with many local non-profits, charities, and government agencies. In total hundreds of thousands of individuals get assistance each year from the pantries, and a list of resources and counties is below. If a free food bank near you can’t help then they may have referrals to other Texas based organizations.

Or staff help low-income families apply for government aid, such as SNAP food stamps, surplus USDA commodities and other resources. If a low-income household needs assistance with providing a healthy meals for their family, call one of the Texas food banks listed below. The location may be able to provide free fresh or canned groceries, or if they can’t, they will refer clients to other programs. As there may be a free food distribution center or in a nearby town or city that is more convenient.

Residents of Texas can get information on special programs or government aid near you, such as food stamps, clothing closets, or holiday meal programs. Get help completing applications for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or vouchers to pay for baby formula from WIC. There are Meals on Wheels as well as other hunger prevention programs too.

Many of the facilities are part of the national organization known as Feeding America. Together they provide food, including produce, dairy products, holiday meals, meats, and much more to the low income, immigrants and unemployed in the region.

The locations listed below are not the only option. Other agencies, such as the Salvation Army, which are located in most counties may be able to provide assistance. There are also programs to help feed as well as clothe new babies and also provide free diapers in Texas. Ask a center below for additional options and referrals if need be. Or find a referral number to other food assistance programs and pantries in Texas at the bottom of this page.

Local Texas food banks

In addition to the resources here, find additional pantries and free food banks for your city or county in Texas that are specific to those regional locations. Options can include churches, charities like the Salvation Army or St. Vincent among many others. There are also more extensive lists of hunger prevention programs as you scroll down the page.

Regional food banks and hunger prevention programs in Texas

Central Texas Food Bank is a non-profit works with pantries and food banks across Travis County, Austin and surrounding counties. Residents in need can receive groceries, baby formula, meats, rice, and more. Also please donate or volunteer at the center if you can, as more resources are always needed. More on Central Texas - Capital Food Bank.

 

 

 

The Feeding America Central Texas Food Banks covers the region of  Bastrop, Bell, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Coryell, Falls, Fayette, Freestone, Gillespie, Hays, Lampasas, Lee, Limestone, Llano, McLennan, Milam, Mills, San Saba, Travis and Williamson counties. There are also food, meal, and grocery programs for college students. Address is 6500 Metropolis Drive, Austin, TX 78744. Call 512.282.2111

Houston Food Bank is the Feeding America location for 18 counties. They have multiple locations, as noted below. Government commodities, food, groceries, and perishable items are provided to food pantries and non-profits across Texas by this organization. This may be one of the larger distribution centers in the state. Residents of Brazoria, Brazos, Burleson, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Harris, Liberty, Madison, Montgomery, Robertson, San Jacinto, Trinity, Walker, Waller, and Washington County can call

  • Houston Food Bank East Branch, 535 Portwall St., Houston, TX 77029. Dial 713.223.3700
  • Houston Food Bank North Branch, 146 Knobcrest Dr., Houston, TX 77060. Call 713.223.3700
  • Brazos Valley region is covered by 1501 Independence Avenue, Bryan, TX 77803. Dial 979.779.3663
  • Montgomery County Feeding America is at One Food For Life Way, Conroe, TX 77385. Telephone 936.271.8800
  • Galveston County Food Bank address is 624 4th Avenue North, Texas City, TX 77590. Call 409.945.4232

Tarrant Area Food Bank provides assistance in 13 counties.  Thousands of families receive help from organizations partnered with this food bank. They work with churches and pantries across the greater Tarrant County and Fort Worth area to serve the needy. The service area is Bosque, Cooke, Denton, Erath, Hamilton, Hill, Hood, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Parker, Somervell, Tarrant, and Wise County. Address is 2600 Cullen, Ft. Worth, TX 76107. Phone - 817.857.7100.

North Texas Food Bank provides hunger prevention and programs to fight food insecurity in 13 counties. Get help in Collin, Dallas, Delta, Denton, Ellis, Fannin, Grayson, Hopkins, Hunt, Lamar, Kaufman, Navarro, and Rockwall County. There are mobile pantries, Senior Brown Bag / Food Box Distribution, Meals on Wheels, Benefits Assistance and more from 3677 Mapleshade Lane, Plano, TX 75075. Call 214.330.1396.

San Antonio Food Bank provides services in 29 counties. They include Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Coke, Comal, Concho, Crockett, Edwards, Frio, Guadalupe, Irion, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, La Salle, McCulloch, Mason, Medina, Menard, Reagan, Real, Schleicher, Sterling, Sutton, Tom Green, Uvalde, Wilson, and Zavala. programs include, but are not limited too, Senior Box Program (CSFP), Social Services, SNAP Outreach and others.

The location is 5200 Enrique M Barrera Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78227. Dial 210.337.3663. A second, small Feeding America site is at the Concho Valley Regional Food Bank, 1313 South Hill Street, San Angelo, TX 76903. Dial 325.655.3231

Harvest Regional Food Bank, Inc. provides services in only one county in Texas, and that is Bowie. However they also operate food programs in Arkansas. There are mobile pantries, information on healthy eating, cooking classes, backpack snacks for students and more. The address is 3120 East 19th Street, Texarkana, AR 71854. Call 870.774.1398

Food Bank of West Central Texas operates many assistance programs in partnership with churches, charities and other free food distribution centers. The address is 5505 N. First, Abilene, TX 79603. Call for hours and local food bank information. The location may have information on free Thanksgiving and Christmas meals or turkeys as well as SNAP food stamp applications, Meals on Wheels services and programs for unemployed workers as well.

 

 

 

 

There are other resources in West Texas too. The goal is to battle hunger, help feed struggling families and give long term aid. Call 325.695.6311. The counties covered include Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, Fisher, Jones, Mitchell, Nolan, Runnels, Shackelford, Stephen and Taylor County.

High Plains Food Bank is a Feeding America center for the Texas Panhandle. The counties covered include Armstrong, Briscoe, Carson, Castro, Childress, Collingsworth, Cottle, Dallam, Deaf Smith, Donley, Gray, Hale, Hall, Hansford, Hardeman, Hartley, Hemphill, Hutchinson, Lipscomb, Moore, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Sherman, Swisher, and Wheeler.

Resources include a Mobile Pantry program, Nutrition Educatio, shopping and cooking classes or workshops, and of course referrals to food banks and pantries. The address is 815 S. Ross, Amarillo, TX 79120. Main number is 806.374.8562

Southeast Texas Food Bank assists thousands of senior citizens, children, and working poor families. They receive help, referrals, applications to SNAP food stamps and more from this non-profit. Get perishable items, canned goods, and other food programs are administered for qualified Texas families. Counties covered include Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Newton, Orange, Polk, Sabine, and also Tyler County. Address is 3845 Martin Luther King Parkway, Beaumont, TX 77705. Call 409.839.8777.

Coastal Bend Food Bank supports more than 10 counties. Call this coastal Texas facility. Perishable items, such as rice, fruits, and meats may be distributed along with canned food items. Many seniors, elderly, and families with children benefit from the center. Assistance is offered in Aransas, Bee, Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Live Oak, Mc Mullen, Nueces, and San Patricio County. Location is 826 Krill St., Corpus Christi, TX 78408. Call 361.887.6291.

El Pasoans Fighting Hunger works with many charities and groups in the counties of El Paso, Hudspeth and Culberson. All services are in Spanish and for immigrants too. There are Summer Hunger Preventoon Programs, Baby Pantry and Formula, applications to USDA meals or commodities and more. Address is 9541 Plaza Circle, El Paso, TX 79927. Dial 915.298.0353, El Paso, Hudspeth and Culberson Counties.

Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley assists the elderly, children, unemployed and others in Cameron, Hidalgo, and Willacy County. Get referrals to food banks, pantries and soup kitchens. Or get applications to benefits including Commodity Supplemental Food Program, Summer meals and others. The location is 724 N. Cage Blvd., Pharr, TX 78577. Telephone - 956.682.8101.

Food Bank of the Golden Crescent has many programs and works with pantries and soup kitchens. There are volunteers as well as local companies that assist as well. Get Produce, baby formula, emergency boxes of food and other grocery items are offered as well as benefits. The non-profit Calhoun, Colorado, DeWitt, Goliad, Gonzales, Jackson, Lavaca, Matagorda, Refugio, Victoria, and Wharton counties. The location is 3809 E. Rio Grande, Victoria, TX 77901. Phone number is 361.578.0591

Wichita Falls Area Food Bank is for families and residents in Archer, Baylor, Clay, Foard, Haskell, Jack, Knox, Montague, Throckmorton, Wilbarger, Wichita, or Young County. Free food, groceries, baby formula, and government commodities are provided to those who are most at risk. Also has information on local thrift stores, clothing closets, and public aid programs. Location is 1230 Midwestern Parkway, Wichita Falls, TX 76307 Telephone - 940.766.2322

East Texas Food Bank helps over 30 counties as part of Feeding America. Anderson, Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Franklin, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Houston, Leon, Marion, Morris, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rains, Red River, Rusk, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith, Titus, Upshur, Van Zandt, and Wood TX. The physical address is 3201 Robertson Road, Tyler, TX 75701. For referrals dial 903.597.3663

West Texas Food Bank has multiple sites, as noted below. A number of resources are available at this center. Get referrals to pantries that supports needy and low income families in nearby towns and counties. There is also Culinary Training Program as well as Resource Center. There is help in Odessa, Midland, and the entire West Texas area, including Andrews, Borden, Brewster, Crane, Dawson, Ector, Glasscock, Howard, Jeff Davis, Loving, Martin, Midland, Pecos, Presidio, Reeves, Terrell, Upton, Ward, and also Winkler Texas.

  • Locations are 411 South Pagewood Avenue, Odessa, Texas 79761. Main number is (432) 580-6333
  • Address is 1601 Westcliff Drive, Midland, Texas 79703. For information, call (432) 697 4003

 

 

 

 

South Texas Food Bank helps the poor and low income. Some of the items offered include information on government programs like food stamps or WIC, distribution of hot Christmas meals, baby formula, and regular, healthy meals and food supplies. Counties include Dimmit, Jim Hogg, Kinney, Maverick, Starr, Val Verde, Webb, and Zapata Texas. The location is 2121 Jefferson St., Laredo, TX 78040. Main number is 956.726.3120

South Plains Food Bank provides food assistance programs in Bailey, Cochran, Crosby, Dickens, Floyd, Gaines, Garza, Hale, Hockley, Kent, King, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn, Motley, Scurry, Stonewall, Terry, as well as Yoakum TX. Or apply for the SNAP Outreach Program, Hhalth and Nution workshops, a Pet food pantry and more. Address is 5605 MLK Boulevard, Lubbock, TX 79404. Dial 806.763.3003

Additional free food banks in Texas

The distribution centers listed above are just a few of the food banks that are located throughout Texas. If you need to find other locations near you, or have more questions about the grocery or food assistance programs offered, dial 817-531-3663 or (512) 527-3613. Also click here for other federal government food programs.

 

By Jon McNamara

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