Find Free Food and Groceries

If you need food today

Your local food bank can help you find food today, even if you need temporary help. They partner with food pantries, soup kitchens, and meal programs in your local community to give away free food.

Enter your zip code to find the food bank partnering with Feeding America. They'll share the locations and hours of nearby food distributions.

 

Federal programs that can help

Many federal programs are available whether you are here for the first time or have used food assistance.

Some federal programs have made changes following the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency. Learn what those changes mean for you.

Programs for your situation

  • Senior Programs

    Many food banks host senior food programs that provide free groceries to older adults, with no strings attached. Contact your local food bank to find out if a senior program is available near you.

    Comprehensive help for seniors in your area

    BenefitsCheckUp.org is a free online service of the National Council on Aging. Just answer a few simple questions and you will receive a personalized report listing the programs near you that you may be eligible for, program details, and how to apply in your area. This includes information about programs that can help you pay for medications, health care, utilities, and more. 

  • When a natural disaster strikes, we know it’s a huge struggle to recover and rebuild your life. Thankfully, there are many organizations you can turn to for help.

  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

    People who are low-income and have a disability, blindness, or are over 65 may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  To apply and find out if you are eligible, click here.

Other programs that help make ends meet

  • Tax Benefits

    The Child Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit may help you get a tax break. These credits can provide extra money for groceries, gas, childcare, and more. Find out if you’re eligible for the Child Tax Credit or eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit.

    Free online filing: Use GetCTC to claim your Child Tax Credit and your third stimulus payment. Filing takes 10-15 minutes and does not require any tax documents.

    Free Tax Assistance

    If you need help filing your taxes, free tax preparation support is available from these trusted sources:

    • IRS: Visit the VITA Site Locator to find in-person options for free tax support.
    • IRS Free File offers a free online way to prepare and file federal taxes.
    • United Way offers free self-file and online and in-person options for tax assistance.

     

  • Dial 2-1-1

    For help with things like utilities, housing, mental healthcare, or childcare, dial 211 on any phone. Speak with a trained professional in your area 24 hours a day. Services are free and confidential and available in many languages. While most of the United States is covered by 211, the service is not available in all areas.