Do you need a hot meal for you or your family or groceries for the week? Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina is an organization that helps collect and distribute food across our community to soup kitchens, emergency food pantries and other places where hungry people gather. Second Harvest's website lists dozens of partner agencies that can help you and your family.
Visit Second Harvest's website to search for an agency near you. Click on the type of program you need (soup kitchen, summer feeding, pantry, etc.). Call 704.376.1785 for more information.
self-referral food pantries
MATTHEWS HELP CENTER
119 North Ames St
Monday – Friday, 9:00AM – 4:00 PM
By appointment only; walk-ins discouraged. Must have a photo ID (drivers license, state ID, or passport). If receiving assistance from this center for the first time, must schedule appointment with social worker for assessment prior to receiving assistance
1123 S. Church St
Tuesday and Thursday starting at 9:00AM
First 55 families to line up will be served; first come first served basis.
FAITH SOLDIERS WORD MINISTRIES
835 Eastway Dr
Monday – Friday, 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Call to schedule appointment and discuss qualifications. Photo ID required along with proof of Mecklenburg County residency (utility or telephone bill with current address will do); those receiving food stamps are NOT eligible for this pantry; however, they will serve people who have applied for food stamps but have not yet received their cards.
METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCH OF CHARLOTTE
1825 Eastway Dr
Call at 9 am on Thursday only to schedule same day appointment; first come first served (typically serve about 8 – 10 families per week) ID required for SS purposes; can use this pantry every 30 days.
ST. PAUL BAPTIST CHURCH/PANTRY
1401 N. Allen St
704.334.5309 (for information only, food pantry does not have its own phone)
2nd Wednesday, 10:00AM – 12:00PM
First come first serve; not by appointment; will give out food as people arrive until all food has been distributed ID (do not have to have photo ID).
IF MY PEOPLE MISSION CENTER
2511 Lucena Ave
Monday and Thursday 4:30
Walk-in time Application; ID with address required.
BETHEL WORSHIP CENTER PANTRY
420 E. 15th St
1st Saturday, 9:00 AM – 12PM
Walk-in time; no appointment needed Photo ID (drivers license, state ID, or passport); proof of current address; self-certify by filing out application form which is based on current poverty guideline(s).
JACKSON PARK MINISTRIES
5415 Airport Dr
Must call in advance for an appointment; hours vary : open on Tuesdays and Fridays by appointment with ID and SS card; clients will speak with counselor who will review eligibility requirements; cannot have been to this pantry within the past 90 days.
NEW OUTREACH CHRISTIAN CENTER
3900 Gossett Ave
Open Fridays 7:00 to 8:00 pm.
All other services are available on a first come first served basis
THRIFT UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
8245 Moores Chapel Rd
Call after 9:00 AM on Thursday to schedule same day appointment. No documentation required; clients can be served once every 6 months; clients must call on their own to schedule an appointment, referrals not accepted.
SILVER MOUNT BAPTIST PANTRY
501 West Arrowood Rd
Tuesday 11:00AM – 1:00PM and Wednesday 9:00AM – 12:00PM
Friday 3:30 to 4:30 pm first come first served
Hours vary during holidays, please call to confirm.
No referrals; no appointments; clients can only use this service once per month, but they do not have to come on the same week every month (for example, a client could pick up food the second week in June and the first week in July); clients must bring valid NC photo ID and a bill with their current address; EBT card would be acceptable; clients must be Mecklenburg residents
MINISTERIO INTEGRAL HISPANO ( HICKORY GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH)
7424 E. WT Harris Blvd
Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00AM – 12:00PM
Walk-in with Photo ID (any kind of photo ID; will accept expired IDs and can be from any country); Application required.
These self-referral food pantry resources were compiled by Jessica Nazario from Mecklenburg County DSS.
PHOTO ABOVE COURTESY OF CATHOLIC CHARITIES DIOCESE OF CHARLOTTE