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Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens in the Greater Cincinnati Area

Food pantries and soup kitchens in Cincinnati provide perishable and non-perishable items to needy families and children who are hungry. Assistance can include fruit, vegetables, canned goods, and other nutritious food items.

Food banks and distribution centers donate daily to churches and community centers to distribute prepared, packaged, and fresh foods. Housing developments and shelters also provide emergency food and hot meals.

*Please confirm locations, dates, times, and eligibility before arrival.

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Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky– South

(Clifton, Corryville, Evanston, Mt. Adams, Mt. Auburn, Over the Rhine, Pendleton, Walnut Hills, West End, and Covington)

Church of the Advent Open Door Food Pantry

2366 Kemper Lane 45206 (Walnut Hills)
513-961-2100
Eligibility: Anyone facing food insecurity
Days/Hours: Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon
Fresh free produce
Also provides a payee program, health and wellness support, and aid in accessing government programs.

Fairhaven Rescue Mission Food Pantry

260 Pike Street, 41011 (Covington)
859-491-1027
Eligibility: Resident of Covington, Kentucky
Food Pantry: Monday and Friday at 11 a.m. Thursday at 9:30 a.m.
Meals: Monday through Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Also provides holiday meals, a recovery program for men, thrift stores, and more.

Mercy Neighborhood Ministries Food Pantry

1602 Madison Road, 45206 (East Walnut Hills)
513-751-2500
Eligibility: Resident of ZIP codes 45206, 45207 and 45212
Days/Hours: Monday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Also provides senior supportive services, home health care services, and more.

Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen

1730 Race Street, 45202 (Over-the-Rhine)
513-621-6364
Eligibility: Anyone facing food insecurity
Days/Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Offering free produce and a hot meal
Also provides necessary household goods and an after-school program.

Queen City Food Kitchen and Choice Pantry

2631 Gilbert Avenue 45206 (Walnut Hills)
513-961-1983
Eligibility: Anyone experiencing food insecurity
Days/Hours: Choice Pantry: Tuesday and Thursday at 10 a.m.
Kitchen meals (To-Go): Tuesday through Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.  Saturday from noon to 1:00 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Sunday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Also provides to-go hot meals and prepackaged pantry grocery bags.

Rose Garden Mission – Franciscan Daughter of Mary Food Pantry

2040 Madison Avenue 41014 (Covington)
859-491-7673
Eligibility: Anyone facing food insecurity
Days/Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Walk-in health screenings on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Also provides a family resource center with health/dental clinics and a baby registration.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Choice Food Pantry

1809 Rutland Avenue, 45207 (Evanston)
513-531-4337
Eligibility: Anyone experiencing food insecurity
Days/Hours: Mondays and Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Fresh and canned foods
Also provides clothing.

St. Francis Seraph Ministries

1615 Republic Street, 45202 (Over-the-Rhine)
513-549-0542
Eligibility: Anyone facing food insecurity
Dining Room: Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Bag Lunch: Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Bag lunch program and hot meals
Also provides cooking for the family and a summer program.

St. George Food Pantry

2554 Dennis Street, 45219 (Clifton)
513-751-8771
Eligibility: Resident of ZIP codes 45217, 45219, and 45220 and any military veterans in Hamilton County
Days/Hours: By appointment only, Monday and Tuesday, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Last Friday of every month from noon to 1:30 p.m. Last Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Free grocery items
Also provides personal care items and cleaning items.

Ted and Becky Catino Choice Food Pantry

1125 Bank Street, 45214 (West-End)
513-421-0602
Eligibility: Resident of Hamilton County
Days/Hours: By appointment only, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to noon
Free produce and canned foods.

The Salvation Army Choice Food Pantry of Cincinnati

114 East Central Parkway, 45202 (Over-the-Rhine)
513-762-5600
Eligibility: Anyone facing food insecurity
Days/Hours: One visit per week, Monday through Friday, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Free grocery items
Also provides hygiene Items, pet food, and more.

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Cincinnati and Hamilton County – West

(Cheviot, College Hill, Fairmount, Mill Vale, Mt. Airy, Northside, Price Hill, Western Hills, Westwood, Winton Hills)

Childhood Food Solutions Food Pantry

2573 Saint Leo Place, 45225 (Fairmount)
513-399-6059
Eligibility: Resident of ZIP code 45225
Days/Hours: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Free grocery items
Also provides food sacks to children right before the last day of the month on a non-school day.

CAIN Rainbow Choice Food Pantry

 4230 Hamilton Avenue, 45223 (Northside)
513-591-2246
Eligibility: Anyone facing food insecurity
Days/Hours: Monday from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

St. Therese Little Flower Food Pantry

5560 Kirby Avenue, 45239 (Mt. Airy)
513-541-5560
Eligibility: Resident of ZIP code 45239
Food Pantry: Tuesday from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Meals: Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Westfed Food Pantry

3628 Boudinot Avenue, 45211 (Cheviot)
513-661-5166
Eligibility: Resident of ZIP codes 45211 and 45238
Days/Hours: One visit per month. The last two Thursdays of the month are from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Cincinnati and Hamilton County – Central

(Avondale, Bond Hill, Hartwell, Kennedy Heights, Paddock Hills, Pleasant Ridge, Roselawn)

Greater New Hope Missionary Church Food Pantry

3655 Harvey Avenue, 45229 (North Avondale)
513-281-3251
Eligibility: Anyone facing food insecurity
Days/Hours: Third Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to noon

Love Star Food Pantry

760 North Fred Shuttlesworth Circle, 45229 (North Avondale)
513-221-5049
Eligibility: Residents of ZIP code 45229
Days/Hours: Third Wednesday of the month from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Olivet Baptist Church Food and Clothing Pantry

6939 Montgomery Road, 45236 (Kennedy Heights)
513-549-7096
Eligibility: Anyone facing food and clothing insecurity
Days/Hours: Third Wednesday of each month from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Caring Place Food and Clothing Pantry

6312 Kennedy Avenue, 45213 (Kennedy Heights)
513-841-1499
Eligibility: Resident of Golf Manor, Kennedy Heights, Pleasant Ridge, and Silverton
Days/Hours: Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Valley Interfaith Food & Clothing Center

420 West Wyoming Avenue, 45215 (Hartwell)
513-821-3233
Eligibility: Resident of ZIP codes 45215, 45216, 45232, 45216, 45224, 45231, 45241, 45246, 45217, 45262 and 45235
Days/Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
A three-day food supply for each member of the household
Also provides clothing, household items, direct financial aid, resource referral, and victim advocacy and prevention.

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Cincinnati and Hamilton County – North

(Colerain, Mt. Healthy, Springdale)

Corpus Christi Church Food Pantry

2014 Springdale Road, 45231 (Mt. Healthy)
513-825-0618
Eligibility: Resident of ZIP code 45231
Days/Hours: Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Lincoln Heights Outreach Inc

9913 Wayne Avenue, 45215 (Lincoln Heights)
513-744 6261
Eligibility: Resident of ZIP codes 45215, 45216, 45240, 45246, and 45249
Days/Hours: Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Meats, canned goods, toiletries, produce, and vegetables.
Lines start forming early, must have an ID.

Mt. Healthy Alliance Choice Food Pantry

7717 Harrison Avenue, 45231 (Mt. Healthy)
513-551-8036
Eligibility: Resident of ZIP code 45231
Days/Hours: Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Thursday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon
A three-day food supply. Also provides a wellness program and senior boxes.

SON Ministries-Groesbeck UM Church Food Pantry

8871 Colerain Road, 45251 (Colerain)
513-385-1750
Eligibility: Resident of ZIP codes 45224, 45231, 45239, 45247 and 45251
Days/Hours: Monday from 10 a.m. to noon. Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to noon and 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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Cincinnati and Hamilton County – East

(Anderson Township, East End, Newtown)

Inter Parish Ministry Choice Food Pantry

3509 Debolt Road, 45244 (Newtown)
513-561-3932
Eligibility: Resident of ZIP codes 45228, 45230, 45244, 45245, 45255 and 45140
Days/Hours: One visit per 30-day period. Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dinner: Monday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Also provides clothing and back-to-school food drives.

Sem Client Choice Food Pantry

6474 Beechmont Avenue, 45230 (Anderson Township)
513-231-1412
Eligibility: Resident of ZIP codes 45230, 45226, 45244, 45254, 45255, 45102, 45103 and 45106
Days/Hours: Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon

Food Pantries with multiple locations

Whole Again Summer Food Program

Multiple Locations
513-847-6038
Eligibility: Any child ages 1-18 yrs. Older children with medical disabilities up to age 21
Days/Hours: Take-home meals are distributed Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. You receive enough wholesome meals (breakfast and lunch) for seven days.

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8 comments

  1. The Adventist Outreach Ministries 725 Whittier St. In Avondale open the 2nd and 3rd weeks on Monday and Wednesday from 11:30-2 pm

    1. Good day,

      Do you have pantry information on Lincoln heights baptist? I can’t seem to find the days and times online.

      1. It has been listed now on this site. It’s every Thursday (except holidays) 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm or until the food runs out.

    2. Thank you for the info. Do you happen to have the contact #?
      And any chance you know if available to all Hamilton County residents?
      Thank you for your time.

  2. Christ Church Cathedral at 318 Sycamore has Tues dinner and Clothing/Supplies with a Social Worker for help with problems/concerns.

    1. Hello Sherri. We are not sure. We invite you to contact the church for additional information.

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