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Free food pantries, groceries and meals Luzerne County.

Find where to get free food in the greater Luzerne County from pantries and charities. Low-income families, seniors as well as people with no money can turn to either a pantry open today, soup kitchen, or free food bank near them for help. Find groceries, personal hygiene stuff, holiday meals and more. Get help from a free food pantry near you in Luzerne County and Wilkes Barre.

The centers, include drive thru pantries, soup kitchens and Meals on Wheels, are all focused on assisting the less fortunate in the community, with a focus on ending hunger. The emergency pantries also directing residents to programs for long term stability, including SNAP food stamp application sites in Luzerne County, WIC vouchers for free formula and more.

The leading food pantries in the region are below as well as a phone number at the bottom of the page for other programs in Wilkes Barre. Most charities or non-profits have limited resources and operate on a first come and served basis. The type of items at each center vary and can range from canned goods to USDA commodities, free dog or cat food or even hot meals, including at Christmas or Thanksgiving If a charity can't help, then referrals are offered, even including to a free pet food pantry.

Free grocery boxes in Wilkes Barre PA and food distribution in Luzerne County

Commission on Economic Opportunity
165 Amber Lane, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania 18702. Phone: (570) 826-0510
The non-profit coordinates most of the food pantry resources in the region. Staff can direct applicants to Meals on Wheels programs, help seniors, and offer advice on WIC or SNAP food stamps. There are also free classes on saving money on groceries, eating healthy, and cooking classes in Luzerne County. Apply to CEO grant money in Luzerne County.

West Side Food Bank
Address of the non-profit is 190 S. Sprague Ave, Kingston, Pennsylvania, 18704. Call (570) 288-0934
The location serves free holiday meals and also offers a box of food to income qualified families in Luzerne County.

Catholic Social Services
Address: 33 E Northampton St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701. Main Phone: (570) 822-7118
Get free groceries, food items, or meals for the low-income. Additional assistance includes  Back Pack, Senior Brown Bags, Home Deliveries of Meals as well as Kids Cafes.




Faith Church Hazleton
Main Address: 34 Fox Manor Rd, Hazle Township, PA 18202. Phone: (570) 459-2410

Mision Cristiana Soplo de Vida/ Christian Mission Breath of Life
Address: 335 Washington St, Freeland, PA 18224. Dial (570) 921-1065
A free food bank and soup kitchen help single mothers, the elderly, unemployed and others.

United Charities
Main Address: 107 W Madison Ave, West Hazleton, PA 18202. Phone: (570) 455-1529
The free emergency pantry has food, toiletries, laundry detergent, meat (frozen or canned), diapers or baby formula and vegetables (fresh or canned). Or get bread, peanut butter or jelly, canned meats or fruit juices.

Christian Service Center
The free Food Distribution Center is at 66 Willow St, Plymouth, PA 18651. Dial (570) 779-5323
Both fresh and frozen food is offered. There are also free Easter baskets, Christmas meals, and Thanksgiving turkey dinners.

Apostolic Lighthouse United Pentecostal Church
Locatyion is 278 Colley St, Hanover, PA 18706. Telephone: (570) 899-0098

St John Evangelist Church
35 William Street, Pittston,  Pennsylvania. Phone - (570) 654-0053
A pantry can provide an emergency bag of non-perishable food. There is cereal, pasta, rice, canned tuna or chicken and other food items.

Hazleton Food Pantry
100 West Broad Street, Hazleton, PA 18201. Phone (570) 455-4994
The charity provides a monthly community food pantry for the Hazleton and surrounding towns. Get free paper products like toilet paper or napkins as well as shelf-stable groceries one time per month.

Back Mountain Food Pantry
40 Knob Street, Dallas, Pennsylvania 18612. For hours of the non-profit, dial (570) 696-2917
There are boxes of food as well as clothing and personal hygiene goods.





Church of Christ Uniting
Location is 190 South Sprague Avenue, Kingston, PA 18704. Call (570) 288-8434

Iglesia Cristiana Camino Al Cielo
Address: 384 New Grant St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702. Phone: (570) 540-8194
A major focus is on immigrants, Spanish speakers, and migrant workers in Luzerne County. Cultural meals, information on job programs and benefits are offered.

Wyoming Valley Presbyterian Church
Address: 2 Lockhart St, Wilkes-Barre Township, PA 18702. Main phone: (570) 823-2808

St. Faustina Kowalska Roman Catholic Parish
Address: 520 S Hanover St, Nanticoke, PA 18634. Main Phone: (570) 735-4833

Jewish Family Services
71 West Northampton Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701. Phone number is (570) 823-5137
The pantry assists regardless of religion or background. A major focus is on feeding seniors in Luzerne County, and there will be Meals on Wheels, drive thru food pantries, vitamins or Ensure or boost and other aid., Or apply for government commodities, such as cheese, milk, or bread. Find additional Jewish Family Services charities near you.

Wyoming Valley Aids Clinic
183 Market St, Kingston, PA 18704. Main number is 570-823-5808
Only supports families with HIV and/or Aids.

Saint Peter and Paul's Food Pantry
13 Hudson Road, Plains, PA 18705. Call 570-825-6663
They are part of the society of St. Vincent. The church runs a free food bank and clothing closet.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church - CEO pantry at Wilkes-Barre center
190 S Main St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701. Main Phone: (570) 824-2991
The location is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Saint Vincent de Paul Society
Food Pantry address is 39 E Jackson St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701. Main Phone: (570) 829-7796
Various social services are run. Groceries, Christmas meals, and more is available. There is also a free soup kitchen, including for homeless people. A bag lunch or hot dinner, food such as Oatmeal or Rice and other goods are given away.

Luzerne County Assistance Office
Address - 205 South Washington Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711. Call (570) 826-2100
Apply for programs such as WIC or food stamps from here. There is also Senior Brown Bag / Food Box Distribution, USDA programs and other benefits for low-income families, disabled people or single moms.





Reach of St. Stephen's Food Pantry and Clothing Closet
35 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701. Call 570-829-5611
Food Pantry and free clothing closet for Luzerne County residents, a baby pantry is also available for newborn to 1 year old. For those that need it, older children's items are available in the Clothing Closet. There is also infant formula for new mothers.

The Salvation Army
There are two locations. They include the following. Both have everything from holiday meals and gifts to a free box of food. Shelter, case management, and job training is also offered along with a hot meal.

  • 520 Kidder St, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, dial (570) 824-5990
  • 739 Sans Souci Parkway, Hanover, PA, telephone (570) 823-4191 or (570) 823-1935

Additional free food programs near you in Luzerne County

For more information on places for free food boxes or meals, dial the local Feeding America affiliate at 570.826.0510 or 1-800-822-0359. While anyone can turn to a pantry to apply, the call in number will try to direct families to other pantries near them or USDA supported resources, such as Meals on Wheels, free school lunches and more.


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