Local food banks and pantries are a great place to turn to for free food, groceries, and other forms of non-financial support. Millions of individuals and families are struggling with feeding their families on a consistent basis. While maybe in some months most people are fine, there can be other periods of time due to an unexpected bill or reduction in income that can make it more challenging. In an emergency, a free food pantry may be able to help.
Many low to moderate income families also struggle to keep food on their tables due to the escalating cost of basic items as well as the weak economy. Tens of millions of people receive some type of food assistance from these centers every year. The agencies help feed the working poor, families living in poverty, as well as even moderate income households. Never hesitate to ask or stop by a location as the goal is to reduce or prevent hunger. Information is provided below on food banks and distribution centers that are located in your state.
Food pantries are run by a wide range of organizations. There can be centers located at local charities, non-profits, and even government affiliated agencies. For example, many churches will have a food pantry or soup kitchen on site. Organizations like the Salvation Army or Catholic Charities may run a center at their local branches. Even if a social service agency does not operate a free food pantry, they can usually refer the applicant to a location in their community.