Don't go hungry. A food pantry may be able to help

Last updated: June 15, 2024
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AnnaMarie Houlis
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Don't go hungry.  A food pantry may be able to help

Times are tough! Lately, it seems like something new gets thrown into the mix of uncertainty everyday. However, one thing is for certain: You must have food to survive. If you or someone you know is hungry, local food pantries exist to support you.

What is a food bank?

A food bank does not directly give food to those in need but collects and supplies food for food pantries. It’s essentially a storage warehouse.

What is a food pantry?

Food pantries locations within the community where individuals and families in need can get healthy and nutritious foods. While many food pantries are hosted in schools and community centers, mobile food pantries are also cropping up across the country to feed those with limited mobility and those in rural communities with inadequate transportation.

Do I qualify for food pantries?

You are able to visit food pantries that are open to the public, but some pantries may have location-specific rules that vary, including the following:

Some pantries may request that you have a referral from someone like a social worker or a non-profit organization. Be prepared to provide a photo I.D. ( a driver’s license or another form of identification). You may be asked for proof that you reside in the area in which they serve (a rent receipt or a utility bill). Most food pantries have limitations regarding how often you can go within a given week or month.

Where can I find food pantries near me?

You can find a local food pantry by searching your state and city in Choose your state from the drop-down menu. Select your city. View your local food pantries and subsidized groceries near you.

Have food for the moment, but worried about the next few weeks or months? For more resources, please visit the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to learn about food assistance programs that may also be available to you. You can also learn more about SNAP benefits here.

The Jobcase community is here so you don’t have to navigate these times alone.



Kelley Harger
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Copy writing/survey/ research training management is main quality I have been s.

I could punch holes in every seneriro. Haven't worked 2020. Was denied unemployment for reasons I am to familiar with. Companies are in the habit of cutting the 40 hrs to be full time, to around 33 hrs a week. Well that is part-time job. Letting employees leave early so on.

Acourse I had to play the game. No one told me I could file disability at the same time. Serious nerve damage in my back and legs. Not able to stand more than 10 15 min. But I did it. For a year. Showed me I'm not capable. Haha. Just yrs before I was still pulling12 hr shift. So peeps beware of tat trap. ThNks

Lenin Pina
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Very Helpful AnnaMarie, thank you