Charlotte food banks, free pantries and resources for families in need

By CLTure 

March 15, 2020 (updated)

North Carolina offers several food banks and free pantries that assist during trying times. Many food banks also partner with churches, soup kitchens, and shelters throughout the state. Food Banks are also a great place to learn about resources and services while getting advice on government programs and local charities. There are even organizations in the state that can help with free diapers and baby supplies.

Many of the organizations that provide assistance require a call in advance for same-day pick-up and/or referrals from a local church. Of course, you can also call to find out how you can donate food or time to help those in need.

Here is a list of organizations in the Charlotte area: 

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina

500-B Spratt St.
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 375-9639 or (704) 376-1785

Loaves & Fishes (Food Pantry Calendar)

648 Griffith Rd Suite B
Charlotte, NC 28217
(704) 523-4333

Hearts & Hands Food Pantry

4040 Chesapeake Drive
Charlotte, NC 28216
(980) 292-0357

The Harvest Center of Charlotte

5415 Airport Dr.
Charlotte, NC 28208
(704) 335-1616

Mount Olive Presbyterian Church Food Pantry

5125 Mt. Olive Church Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28278
(704) 394-8814

Hope Street Food Pantry

4100 Johnston Oehler Road
Charlotte, NC 28269

Thrift United Methodist Church Food Pantry

8245 Moores Chapel Rd
Charlotte, NC 28214
(704) 392-9807 

Pineville Church of Nazarene

8614 Pineville-Matthews Rd
Pineville, NC 28226
(704) 542-3618

Mount Pleasant Food Ministry

8615 Park Drive
Mount Pleasant, NC 28124
(980) 621-8634

Mission City Church

608 Valleydale Road
Charlotte, NC 28214

Here are more organizations that offer assistance:

Roof Above
Charlotte, NC
(704) 334-3187

Crisis Assistance Ministry
500-A Spratt St., Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 371-3001

Charlotte Family Housing
300 Hawthorne Ln, Charlotte, NC 28204
(704) 335-5488

Friendship Trays
2401 Distribution St.
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 333-9229

Matthews Help Center
119 N. Ames St.
Matthews, NC 28105
(704) 847-8383

Catholic Social Services
1123 S. Church St.
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 370-3262

For additional help with housing, food, healthcare, and utilities, you can also call 2-1-1, a free 24-hour service provided by United Way. Salvation Army also offers a search engine for housing and a wide-array of services for those in need.

Do you know of any additional assistance services and organizations in the Charlotte area? Shoot us an email at

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