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Free food pantries and groceries in Wilmington Delaware area

Assistance is offered by churches, pantries, and food banks in Wilmington Delaware as well as New Castle County. Regardless of your background, religion, or income, you may be able to get free food, meals, clothing, personal items, groceries and other help today. There is support from soup kitchens, free pantries near you and government benefits. Find food banks and even Meals on Wheels services across New Castle County as well as a phone number at the bottom of the page for more resources

Below you can find the phone numbers, addresses, and more information on the main, free emergency food pantries in the area. Many of the centers are open only limited hours, and also have limited resources, so it is usually a good idea to call first for an appointment or more information.

In addition to providing fee food, meals, groceries, and perishable items, many of the Wilmington pantries provide other forms of aid. Some centers will offer clothing, personal hygiene products, diapers, and baby formula. Some locations offer holiday baskets full of groceries and other needed items. Many sites can also help the low income apply for government assistance such as food stamps, WIC, or school meals.

Places for free food in New Castle County DE

AIDS Delaware
Address - 100 West 10th Street, Community Service Building, Wilmington, Delaware 19801. Phone number - (302) 652-6776
Programs and assistance, including food, for AIDs patients and their families.

Alpha Worship Center Pantry of Hope
Food pantry address - 2020 Firedancer Lane, Bear, Delaware 19701. Main number - (302) 325-3930

New Castle County Catholic Charities, Basic Needs Program
Main office - 2601 West 4th Street, Wilmington DE 19805. Call (302) 655-9624
A leading charity in the region. Offers free food, meals, groceries, clothing, holiday assistance, and even financial help from programs such as LIHEAP and emergency rent. A thrift store is also on site. They also process applications for families living in poverty to resources such as Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) or Snackpack weekend programs for students. There are also referrals to free Christmas meal baskets near you.




Catholic Charities of New Castle County, Bayard House Hope Cooperative
300 Bayard Avenue, Wilmington DE 19805. Call (302) 654-1184
Another leading social service agency. Call for food, meals, help for bills, case management, and medical vouchers. Senior citizens in New Castle County may request a low cost Meals on Wheels home delivery service as well.

Church of Our Savior
Location of church - 1006 E. 28th St., Wilmington, DE 19802. Phone (302) 764-4642.
A soup kitchen as well as emergency food pantry are on site. Perishable items, canned goods, soup, and more may be served.

Evangelistic Temple of Truth, Emergency Food Closet
307 South Franklin Street, Wilmington, DE 19805. Call 302-654-0190
Emergency boxes of groceries, baby formula, and more may be provided, along with free winter coats.

Salvation Army, Family Services-New Castle County
104 West 5th Street, Wilmington Delaware 19801. Call (302) 472-0750
The local branch of the national Salvation Army non-profit charity organization. Services offered include clothing closet, food bank, limited financial help, medications, and holiday assistance. They serve free Easter meals (including baskets), serve turkey dinners or give holiday food baskets in New Castle County. Case workers also help with applications to benefits such as SNAP food stamps and others.

Lutheran Community Services
Social services are at 2809 Baynard Blvd, Wilmington, DE 19802. Call (302) 654-8886
The charity has emergency financial help as well as a free, emergency food pantry. There is a baby pantry, Mobile Farm Markets, meat, dairy, toiletries, laundry detergent, diapers and more.

Expanded Branches Community Development Corporation
Food bank location - 3301 North Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19802. Main number - (302) 762-8311

LACC, Family Support Services - Latin American Community Center
403 North Van Buren Street, Wilmington, DE 19805. Call (302) 655-7338
Non-English speakers can also qualify for food assistance and other help. There are also workshops or healthy shopping, free rice, pasta and household items too. Get laundry detergent, hand sanitizer, and other personal items too.

New Covenant Christian Fellowship
A free Food Pantry is at 294 Churchmans Rd., New Castle, DE 19720. Call (302) 276-0725
There are free groceries and holiday meals. Get items like Canned Tuna, milk, baby or infant formula and other support.





Food Bank of Delaware, New Castle County
14 Garfield Way, Delaware Industrial Park, Newark, Delaware 19713. Telephone - (302) 292-1305
Provides groceries, meals, and government surplus food to local churches and food banks. Those centers then distribute the goods to the low income, unemployed, and senior citizens. There are other resources such as Summer Feeding Program, Meals on Wheels for the homebound, Unit pricing classes and other goods.

Hanover Presbyterian Church Food Pantry and Clothing Closet
1801 North Jefferson Street, Wilmington DE 19802. Call the food pantry at (302) 658-5114
In addition to the year round pantry, there are also Thanksgiving meals. There may be canned groceries, shelf stable food, bag lunches for the homeless and other resources in Wilmington DE.

Delaware Humane Association
A pet food pantry is at 701 A Street, Wilmington, DE 19801. Call (302) 571-0111
Based on donations, qualified low income families, the elderly or homebound can get free or low cost dog food, cat meals and other items for their pets.

LIFE Program
The service is known as Stationary Pantries. Location is 2809 Baynard Blvd, Wilmington, DE 19802. Call (302) 654-8886

Northeast State Service Center
Main address is 1624 Jessup Street, Wilmington, DE 19802. Call 302-552-3500
Community Resources, food stamp or WIC applications, and emergency groceries may be provided by the non-profit. They help the poor, unemployed and single moms and others in the community. Whether a free box of food, or cooking supplies or referrals, assistance is offered.

Porter State Service Center
509 W 8th St, Wilmington, DE 19801. Phone number for information is (302) 777-2860
Based on donations, there may be fresh produce or canned groceries. Or get Ensure for seniors, Boxed Pastas, Canned Meat, Peanut butter, Bread and more.

St Patricks Center, Food Security Initiative
107 East 14 th Street, Wilmington, DE 19801. Main phone - (302) 652-6219
Free basic needs, food baskets, Summer Hunger Programs for students and other assistance is offered.

Hockessin United Methodist Church Clothing as well as Food Closet
Food pantry address is 7250 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, Delaware 19707. Dial (302) 239-3030

Holy Rosary Food Closet
Food bank location - 3200 Philadelphia Pike
Claymont DE 19703
Call (302) 798-1513
Items such as peanut butter, coffee, dairy, and more is for income qualified, low income households.

Kingswood Community Center, Community & Family Services
Location is 2300 Bowers Street, Wilmington DE 19802. Main phone - (302) 764-9022
Volunteers deliver meals to the homebound or elderly, clients can apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and receive referrals as well.





LIFE Hope Lutheran Church
Address is 230 Christiana Road, New Castle, Delaware 19720 . Call (302) 328-7909
The pantry may have everything from groceries to free Christmas meals for children or the homeless.

Mount Joy United Methodist Church
Main location is 451 Townsend Street, Wilmington DE 19801. Telephone - (302) 655-7751

Neighborhood House, Family Services
1218 B Street
Wilmington Delaware 19801
Telephone - (302) 652-3928

New Castle County Community Services, Congregate Meal Program
Main address: 77 Reads Way
New Castle, DE 19720
Phone number - (302) 395-5694
Offers the needy and homeless free hot or cold meals, groceries, and other perishable items.

New Knollwood Civic Association, Food Closet
Food bank address: 4 Colby Avenue
Claymont, Delaware 19703
Call (302) 793-1627

O.A. Herring Community Services
Main address - 2801 North Pine Street
Wilmington DE 19802
Dial (302) 764-0137
Food and other assistance is offered for members of New Castle Delaware. Programs may have baby food, clothing, Thanksgiving and Christmas meals and gifts for children, and much more.

Peoples Baptist Church, Food Closet
Address: 50 South Street
New Castle, Delaware 19720
Call (302) 658-8156 for hours.
Clients range from single moms to children and the homeless. Free groceries, bags of food, personal hygiene items, and holiday food baskets may be provided.

Red Lion United Methodist Church
1545 Church Road
Bear DE 19701
Phone (302) 834-1599
Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, groceries, and more is provided by the non-profit.

Richardson Park Community Action, Community Services
107 South Maryland Avenue
Wilmington, Delaware 19804
(302) 428-1247
Provides food, and also longer term self-sufficiency. The goal is to help people get back on their feet. Also learn about electric bill help, rent, free health care, medications, and more.

Rick VanStory Resource Center
Location is 617 Shipley Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
Dial (302) 691-7946

Saint Helenas Parish Social Ministry
Main address is 602 Philadelphia Pike
Wilmington Delaware 19809
Call (302) 764-7545

Saint Johns Evangelical Lutheran, Food Closet
Main address is 135 Old Baltimore Pike
Newark DE 19702
Call the food bank at (302) 368-7394







Sharon Temple Seventh-Day Adventist Church
Pantry address - 301 West 20th Street
Wilmington, DE 19802
Call (302) 655-2461

Union United Methodist Church
Church address - 345 School Bell Road
Bear DE 19701
Dial (302) 322-3118
Volunteers collect donations, provide meals, and other aid to the needy.

West End Neighborhood House, Emergency Food & Clothing Closet
Location - 710 North Lincoln Street
Wilmington, Delaware 19805
Main phone number is (302) 658-4171
Families facing hunger in New Castle County can get help. Whether household items or a box of food, or baby formula for single moms, help is provided.

Find additional free food programs in Wilmington

For additional information, including referrals to pantries near you or applications to government food programs (including Free School lunches or WIC), dial 302.292.1305. Many other services are available to feed low income families in New Castle County.

By Jon McNamara














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