The St. Louis Area Foodbank works with over 600 partners in 26 counties across the bi-state area to provide options for those in need of food. So, whether you are looking for a local pantry to visit in your area or an upcoming distribution event near you, we have you covered. Check out the links below for more information.
What kind of help do you need?
Food pantries provide resources and groceries for those needing immediate assistance, whereas food distribution events are planned for certain days.
I Need Food Now
I Want to Find a Food Distribution Event Near Me
Supplied by a food bank, a food pantry is a distribution center for individuals and families in need to receive food free of charge.
Food Distribution Events are mobile markets, food fairs or drive-through markets that are temporary, planned in advance and strategically placed in areas with low access to food.
For most food pantries, an appointment is required. To check appointment requirements, please visit the website of the food pantry you’re interested in. For Food Distribution Events, an appointment is usually not required, but instead on a first come, first serve basis.
You do not need to bring any money to a food pantry or a food distribution event.
Remember to bring necessary documentation as required by your food pantry. This includes a photo ID and proof of income. It’s also recommended to bring a reusable bag, although bags are usually provided for you.
For most food pantries, a photo ID is required. For food distribution events, an ID is usually not required.
Curious About SNAP?
SNAP, the supplemental nutrition assistance program formerly known as Food Stamps, is a federally funded nutrition program that helps approved individuals buy healthy food and stretch their budgets. Benefits can be used to purchase food at grocery stores, convenience stores, and some farmer’s markets.
Navigating food insecurity
Food Insecurity means having to choose between food and other household essentials such as medicine, transportation, or housing.
Families facing these challenges often have trouble knowing where to begin. The St. Louis Area Foodbank is here to help. Click the button to see what services and resources are available.
CALL UNITED WAY 2-1-1
United Way 2-1-1 is a 24/7 connection to agencies and resources near you – from basic needs to child care to disaster relief to counseling. To connect with a certified resource specialist, simply dial 2-1-1 from a cell or 1-800-427-4626 from a landline phone (TTY 1-866-385-6525).