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How to Find Food Assistance in Your Community

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If you’ve been feeling hungry lately, you’re not alone. While the USDA says 85.3% of U.S. households were food secure throughout 2009, because of the economic recession we’re experiencing, lack of nutritious food is a growing problem that is affecting more of us. Food pantries and kitchens are seeing a lot of new faces at their doors – families, young people, and middle- and working-class individuals.

No one should have to choose between food and paying for other necessities like rent, medical bills, heat, or transportation. There is no shame in getting the help you need.

Here is the information you need to beat hunger:

Call 2-1-1

47 states provide the 2-1-1 help line, which is a service of the United Way. Call the number, and you will be connected to a representative who can help you find local food, shelter, and childcare services. Find a full list of states that offer the 2-1-1 help-line.

For Resources by region: Northeast East Southeast North Central South Central West Southwest More States (plus Puerto Rico)

Northeast

In the Northeast, Maine and New York, as well as the city of Washington D.C. are above the nation average in food insecurity.

Maine Resources

By County
Androscoggin
Aroostook
Cumberland
Franklin
Hancock
Kennebec
Knox
Lincoln
Oxford
Penobscot
Piscataquis
Sagadahoc
Somerset
Waldo
Washington
York

 

New York Resources

Agency Resources
Food Bank For New York City Food Program Locator
Food Bank of Western New York To find services in your area:
716-852-1305
Food Bank of the Southern Tier Pantries
Soup Kitchens
Mobile Food Pantry Distribution
Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York List of Agencies

 

Washington D.C. Resources

Food Bank Agency Listing
Capitol Food Bank Resource Locator

 

 

East

North Carolina and South Carolina all have high rates of food insecurity.

North Carolina Resources

Call 2-1-1, 828-252-4357, or:

Food Banks Food Resources
Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina Resource Locator
Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina Resource Locator

 

South Carolina Resources

Food Banks Food Resources
Lowcountry Food Bank Food Resources For Children
Harvest Hope Food Bank Columbia
Florence Pee Dee
Greater Greenville
Lexington County
Golden Harvest Food Bank Resource Locator

 

Southeast

Mississippi has the highest rate of food insecurity in the U.S. In the Southeast, Georgia and Tennessee also have high rates.

Georgia Resources

Call 2-1-1 for a representative who can tell you about the closest food resource location or:

Food Bank Food Resources
Atlanta Community Food Bank Metro Atlanta area and North Georgia Agencies (PDF)
Golden Harvest Food Bank Resource Locator (on left-side of page)
Second Harvest of South Georgia For Help Now please call 888-453-4143 Ext 200 to be referred to a local pantry
Food Bank of Northeast Georgia Agency Locator for the Area

 

Mississippi Resources

Food Bank Food Resources
Mississippi Food Network 601-353-7286, or
Resources By County (scroll to map at the bottom of the page)
Bay Area Food Bank Twelve Baskets, subsidiary of Mississippi Bay Area Food Bank

 

Tennessee Resources

Food Bank Food Resources
Mid-South Food Bank PDF list of agencies
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee Agency Locator
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee Call 423-477-4053 or 2-1-1

 

North Central

Of the North Central states, Kansas and Missouri have the highest rates of food insecurity. Illinois, specifically the urban center of Chicago is another location where food insecurity is common.

Illinois Resources

Food Bank Food Resources
Greater Chicago Food Depository Agency Locator
River Bend Food Bank Meal Sites, Kid Cafes, and Co-Op Food Programs
Food Pantry
Central Illinois Food Bank List of agencies
Northern Illinois Food Bank List of agencies
Tri-State Food Bank List of agencies
Eastern Illinois Foodbank List of Food Programs

 

Kansas Resources

Food Bank Food Resources
Second Harvest Community Food Bank List of agencies in Northeast Kansas (PDF)

Harvesters-The Community Food Network Agency Locator
Kansas Food Bank Map of food pantries and kitchens

 

Missouri Resources

Food Bank Food Resources
Harvesters-The Community Food Network Agency Locator
St. Louis Area Food Bank Agencies List of agencies
The Food Bank For Central & Northeast Missouri List of agencies
Southeast Missouri Food Bank List of agencies
Second Harvest Community Food Bank List of agencies (PDF)
 
Ozarks Food Harvest Directory By County

 

South Central

The South Central states have some of the highest food insecurity rates in the country, with Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma at the top of the list.

Arkansas Resources

Food Bank
Food Resources
Arkansas Food Bank Network List of Agencies
Harvest Texarkana List of Agencies

 

Oklahoma Resources

For health and human services, call 2-1-1, or you can contact:

Region Hotline Number
Northwest Oklahoma 866-927-1185
North Central Oklahoma 866-580-5010
Southwest Oklahoma 888-355-7575
2-1-1 of Southeastern Oklahoma 877-212-5526

 

Texas Resources

Like in most states, you can call 2-1-1 in Texas and be connected to a representative who will help you find services in your area. Or you can contact:

Food Bank Food Resources
Southeast Texas Food Bank List of Agencies
Harvest Texarkana List of Agencies
Food Bank of the Golden Crescent List of Agencies
East Texas Food Bank List of Agencies
West Texas Food Bank List of Agencies
Brazos Valley Food Bank Agency Locator
Houston Food Bank Agency Locator
Capital Area Food Bank of Texas List of Agencies
High Plains Food Bank List of Agencies

 

West

Oregon has a high child food insecurity rate. California's food insecurity rate is below the national average, but for kids the rate is also much higher.

Oregon Resources

Food Bank Food Resource
Oregon Food Bank Resource Locator

 

California Resources

If you dial 2-1-1 from any California number, you will be connected to a representative who will help you find food resources in your area. Many pantries ask for your zip code and a California ID, but some do not.

Southwest

New Mexico and Arizona have the highest rates of food insecurity in the Southwest region.

Arizona Resources

Food Bank Food Resources
Community Food Bank Pantries and Mobile Sites
United Food Bank Emergency Food Boxes
St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance Hot Meal/Food Box
Yuma Community Food Bank Contact:
928-782-7924

 

New Mexico Resources

 By County
 Bernalillo
 Catron
 Chaves
 Cibola
 Colfax
 Curry
 DeBaca
 Dona Ana
 Eddy
 Grant
 Guadalupe
 Harding
 Hidalgo
 Lea
 Lincoln
 Los Alamos
 Luna
 McKinley
 Mora
 Otero
 Quay
 Rio Arriba
 Roosevelt
 San Juan
 San Miguel
 Sandoval
 Santa Fe
 Sierra
 Socorro
 Taos
 Torrance
 Union
 Valencia

  

 

Information for resources in other states: 

Alabama               Nebraska

Alaska                  Nevada

Colorado               New Hampshire

Connecticut           New Jersey

Delaware               North Dakota

Florida                   Ohio

Hawaii                   Pennsylvania

Idaho                    Puerto Rico

Indiana                  Rhode Island

Iowa                      South Dakota

Kentucky                Utah

Louisiana                Vermont

Maryland                Virginia

Massachusetts        Washington

Michigan                West Virginia

Minnesota              Wisconsin

Montana                Wyoming

 

 

 

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