Need Free Food? – Food Assistance Programs

By | November 17, 2016

Do you need Free Food for you family? You are not alone. There are many families that need help to supplement their food budget. Even if you receive SNAP, if you don’t measure every food purchase, you can run out of groceries before the end of the month.

Where to Find Free Food

The first step you should take is to call 211 which is the universal phone number for the United Way. The United Way is a one-stop resource for emergency help with your most important needs.

Why they are so great is you can find assistance programs right in your own community. Where you need help with rent, food, utilities, government programs that help you with education, home repairs, they can help.

Department of Social Services

The DSS, in another place to go when you need free food. It doesn’t matter if you are not presently receiving assistance to get free food. When you go to the Department of Social Services, tell them you need emergency or expedited food stamps. These are given, under emergency circumstances.

If you are new to the Department Social Services or returning for help ask about SNAP benefits (The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). Whether or not you are signing up for SNAP benefits, you can get food benefits in about seven days.


Make sure to ask for food from the pantry and a referral to your community food bank. Also, ask for a list of all the church and local food pantries where you can get help.

Free Food from Pantries

Food pantries or food banks are locations stock with food for the needy. All food pantries are not created equal. Some give the basics, while better funded and stocked food banks give food and toilet paper, soap, fresh meat, vegetables and some have pet food.

What I have found is that the larger denominational churches (like the Catholic or Baptist Churches) give the best stuff. Visit some church and just ask, what their food bank give out and if you need a referral. If you need a referral, go to you community action group of DSS for a referral. Find a food bank.

Loaves and Fishes

Loaves and Fishes are well- know for giving out desired foods from community grocery stores. There are locations throughout the U.S. They give their clients a choice of the groceries they want. This assures the family will eat what is taken and limits waste.

Clients have a choice of bread, vegetables, dairy fruit groceries they want based on their family size. A registered dietician determines the daily amount of food is necessary to create three meals a day and gives out groceries accordingly.

Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities is an organization, that gives out a wider selection of food and other supplies to the poor. If you go there for help with your rent or utilities, don’t forget to ask for help with groceries. They will ask you how man people are in you family and give you a bag for additional family members.

Meals on Wheels

1 in 6 seniors are all alone and don’t have enough to eat. Meals on Wheels American is a nationwide program that delivers meals, to low-income seniors and disabled people. Each year over 2 million seniors receives nutritious lunch and dinner.

Meals on Wheels is an organization that partners with government and public organizations to provide meals the seniors.

Their goal is to address senior hunger and help promote better health for vulnerable elderly over sixty and disabled living at home. Many seniors can not afford to hire someone to come in daily to prepare their meals. This helps low-income elderly remain in their homes.

This program provides food for and the comfort of knowing someone is coming to you home each day. It also allows those with low mobility to remain in their own homes. If you would like to have meals on wheels delivered to you or a family member go online for more information.

The National School Lunch Program

This program is a federally funded nutritional program that provides food assistance to 100,000 educational institutions,childcare facilities and after school programs every year. They provide free and low-cost meals to those who qualify financially. You qualify for totally free meals if you gross family income at or below 130 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. If your gross family income is above 185% of the poverty guideline pay full prince for meals.