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Virginia free food banks.

Food pantries across Virginia may be able to provide needy individuals and families with free food, meals and groceries. Some of the centers listed below that may be near you provide assistance directly to people who stop by or call. Other locations in Virginia will direct people to other local charities, churches or non-profit organizations in their immediate community. There is also a referral phone number at the bottom of the page for more information on emergency pantries in the state.

Call the free food bank in your area that is near you to get information about the services and options that they provide people who need help. They may have an application process or certain conditions that need to be met. Some have staff that can help low income families apply for benefits including SNAP food stamps from the federal government. Typically they will be open very limited hours and have some restrictions on how often a client can use the facility. Others may be able to provide free food and groceries to all who stop by.

The centers listed below are some of the major providers that operate in Virginia. However there are also other organizations that are more county specific. Check in with a location below in order to information on where to get assistance in your county.

Local Virginia food banks and free pantries

Many other centers operate in towns and counties across the state. Services offered include hot meals around the holidays, gifts for children, free food boxes, and other aid. Find pantries and food banks for your city or county in Virginia, and there are other locations listed throughout this page.




Lord Fairfax Area Food Bank
Location is 1802 Roberts Street
Winchester, VA 22604
(540) 665-0770
Thousands of low income families and seniors receive support. Items include fresh perishable food, emergency boxes, groceries, canned goods, and more.

Thomas Jefferson Area Food Bank
Main address is 1207 Harris Street
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6415
(434) 296-3663

Lynchburg Area Food Bank
Main address is 501 12th Street, Suite B
Lynchburg, VA 24504
Telephone number - (434) 845-4099

Northern Virginia region
645 Taylor Street NE
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 526-5344





VA Branch
Food pantry location is 6833 Hill Park Road
Lorton, Virginia 22079
Call (703) 541-3063 for hours
Free groceries, boxes of food, fruits, and more may be offered. May occasionally have more special items such as formula or service holiday meals, such as turkeys.

Capital Area Food Bank
1415 Rhoadmiller Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220
Main number - (804) 521-2500

3631 Lee Hill Drive
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Call (540) 371-7666
These locations support the northern Virginia area. They can provide free food through partnerships with non-profits, churches, and organizations like the Salvation Army. They often have information on other resources, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, clothing for work or school, or government programs such as food stamps.

Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula
9912 Hosier St.
Newport News, Virginia 23601
(757) 596-7188
Supports residents in the Hampton Roads area. Call for free food and other support, including referrals to non-profits and clothing closets.

Feedmore of Central Virginia
This location supports the Tri-City area, Richmond, Henrico and nearby counties. There is a mobile food bank provided to families living in poverty, a Kid’s Cafe to feed children, SNAP food stamps, and more. More on Feedmore programs.

Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia (FSEVA)
800 Tidewater Drive
Norfolk, Virginia 23504
Call 757-627-6599 or toll free 800-253-7842
Among services offered in Virginia may include summer snacks for children and students who are out of school. Seniors and the elderly can also receive assistance, including occasional home delivered meals or lunches.

Salem Distribution Center
Address of the pantry is 1025 Electric Road
Salem, VA 24153
(540) 342-3011





Abingdon Distribution Center
Main address - 21452 Gravel Lake Road
Abingdon, VA 24211
Main number is (276) 628-9266

More options for free food in Virginia

As indicated, many of these food distribution centers partner with local agencies, charities and government programs in Virginia. A holistic approach is used to battling hunger. So someone in need does have further options for free food or groceries that may be near them.

For example, learn about the SNAP food stamps or how to get cheap groceries from such organizations as Angel Food. Or dial 757.314.4572 to find information on, including the locations as well as contact information, of additional free food banks and pantries in Virginia.


By Jon McNamara

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