Find food banks, soup kitchens and free food pantries in Los Angeles.
There are hundreds of free food pantries, summer feeding sites, soup kitchens and other hunger prevention programs in Los Angeles, both the city as well as county. Many of these food banks near you and that are listed below as well as the toll free referral number at the bottom of the page will provide individuals and families with free groceries, personal toiletries, baby formula or household goods in an emergency. Or they offer other suppt, such as help in applying for CalFresh food stamps, free Thanksgiving turkeys or Christmas meals, and more.
The free emergency food pantries are usually at churches, charities, and government offices in Los Angeles County. Clients include senior citizens, the working poor, immigrants (documented or not), unemployed, students, and families going through a difficult time. Whether a free bag of food, personal hygiene items, snacks or meals for children, help is offered. Food pantries offer support in all languages, including Spanish, English, Mandarin, Korean, and others.
Hope Chapel Hawthorne - The church can oftentimes provide free emergency food for people in the Hawthorne area, however there are no geographic restrictions so others may also be able to get assistance. Food is also even offered for people who are undocumented. Services and food provided include bags of groceries. People can receive food assistance up to at most once a month. Call (310) 970-9023
Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church - This church focuses on a limited area of zip code 90003, and it can offer emergency food for people of all ages. The church provides canned and packaged goods, a bag of USDA surplus food, and canned milk, and it can be offered up to once per month. (323) 758-7697
Cornerstone Christian Ministry - The agency provides emergency groceries and food for low income people in Los Angeles County. Services offered includes ongoing emergency food assistance that provides groceries and other food commodities such as bread and vegetables, canned and packaged goods, and other aid. (818) 899-5900
Wayside United Methodist Church - The non-profit charity organization provides free emergency food for low to moderate income families and individuals in Los Angeles County, no matter which section of the county they currently live in. School lunches and holiday assistance may be administered too. Call (310) 326-4541
Saint Mark United Methodist Church - Families and individuals who live anywhere in Los Angeles County can dial (323) 753-3535 for either emergency or ongoing food from this food bank run by the church.
Tamarind Avenue 7th Day Adventist Church - Serves food from a pantry to Compton residents in zip codes 90220, 90221 and 90222. Various types of food are offered, including infant formula and baby food, fruits, groceries, and much more. Call (323) 774-0181
Operation Youth Education Services food distribution facility can provide free food, including a bag of groceries which may consist of staples that people need every day including beans, canned goods, meats, bread, pasta and rice. All Los Angeles residents can contact the center at (323) 263-6937.
St. Lukes Episcopal Church can help anyone no matter where they live in Los Angeles. The food bank can offer free canned goods, fresh food, fruits, nonperishable packaged good, breads, etc. Call (562) 733-1147
St. Anne’s Center focuses on offering food to low income people in Santa Monica California. The food bank they run can distribute canned goods and staple food items, donated fresh produce and bread on an ongoing basis, as well as USDA food items. Phone (310) 829-4411
Centro Santo Tomas (phone (323) 737-3325) is another local food bank that runs a food assistance program and pantry which provides free emergency food and an ongoing food program for people of all income and backgrounds who live within parish boundaries. The program is only for residents of zip codes 90006, parts of 90007 and 90019. Services and the food is provided only on the first three Saturdays of the month. People who are homeless, illegal or undocumented are eligible for food as well.
Action Food Pantry, which is located in Baldwin Park and can be reached at (626) 814-4744, provides emergency food services and aid in the East San Gabriel Valley area of California and Los Angeles. Specifically the food pantry they run primarily serves the residents of the cities of Azusa, Baldwin Park, Covina, El Monte, Glendora, La Puente, Pomona, and West Covina. People who need help will be able to receive a bag or box of canned and dry packaged goods, produce and meat products. Other social services are also offered by the food pantry, including school lunches and Christmas meals.
Church of the Redeemer. Typically two to three day of free emergency food are offered for low-income people. An ongoing food assistance program is also available for anyone, regardless of income or background, excluding people who are homeless. More limited food and meals is offered for the homeless. The food bank center provides those in need with a bag of groceries which usually includes sugar, canned goods, rice, beans, cereal, butter, cookies and juices, flour, and bread. Call (626) 960-9587
St. Frances of Rome Food Bank serves the area of Azusa California. They distribute food, and can also refer qualified individuals to government food assistance programs. You can apply up to once per month. Baby food and diapers may also be provided. (626) 969-1829
Covina Area Emergency Aid - A bag of free groceries that contains canned and packaged goods may be offered for Covina California area families and individuals from the food bank on site. Call (626) 858-5515. Note you can only get help at most twice per year.
St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, which is based in Granada Hills but serves all of Los Angeles and can be reached at (818) 891-1759. The church and food bank provides emergency food, groceries, and commodities for people of all ages, incomes and backgrounds who live in the Los Angeles County area. Services offered by the church include a bag of groceries which contain canned and nonperishable goods and fresh items too. Summer school meals as well as holiday baskets in Easter, Christmas, and Thanksgiving are offered too.
Salvation Army Food Programs and Soup Kitchens There are many food pantries, soup kitchens, and feeding programs run by the Christian Charity. They help the low income, Mexican or other immigrants, the vulnerable and others. Free bags of food, personal cleaning supplies, detergent, soap, canned fruits or meat and other goods are offered. Some sites are below, or find other free food assistance from Salvation Army Los Angeles County.
Sova Community Food And Resource Program - Offers resources for people with low income, who live in the areas near West Los Angeles, Hollywood, and in the greater San Fernando Valley. 16439 Vanowen St., Van Nuys, 91406, phone (818) 988-7682