We recognize that over the past year, many families in our community have been impacted by layoffs, reductions in work hours, or changes to your income. There are food pantries and support systems in place to help at an unprecedented time like this. It is ok to need help.
The United Way of Central Florida’s George W. Jenkins End Hunger Initiative and Feeding Tampa Bay have weekly Mobile Food Pantry stops in Lakeland, Winter Haven, and across Polk County. Other community organizations are also providing weekly free food giveaways and are included on our calendar as well. Below you’ll find a master list of Polk County Food Pantry times and locations, as well as a map to help find a food pantry near you.
If you are in need of food, visit a food bank location on the set day and time to pick up a pre-packaged box or bag of groceries, free of charge. They do not require ID, papers, or pre-screening to obtain free food at a Mobile Pantry.
Please note, due to rapidly changing circumstances during this time, mobile pantries can be canceled without much notice. Links are provided to check directly with the source, we are not typically notified about any schedule changes.
Community Resources + Assistance Programs
If you need support in other areas – mental health, housing, health care, financial stability, child care – we also have a list of Community Resources and Assistance Programs.
Volunteer at a Food Pantry
Volunteers are needed to help distribute food at each of these locations. Visit the Feeding Tampa Bay website to sign up for the Mega Pantry at Lakes Church in Lakeland each week. Visit the United Way website to learn more about volunteer opportunities at other food distribution sites.
Upcoming Mobile Food Pantry Locations
Use this list to find a free food giveaway today. Click the name of any listing for more information. Use the right arrow below (>) to see next month’s listings.
**If it is close to the end of the month, there may not be any events listed. Use the right arrow (>) above the calendar to see next month’s events.**
Polk County Food Pantry Schedule
Below is a list of regularly scheduled mobile food pantry stops in Polk County.
Polk Mega Pantry – Lakes Church
1010 E. Memorial Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33801
Every Monday at 4pm
Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine
600 W. Peachtree Street, Lakeland, FL 33815
2nd & last Tuesday at 12pm
Crystal Lake Elementary – Lakeland
700 Galvin Dr., Lakeland, FL
1st & 3rd Wednesday at 4:30pm
Blessings & Hope – Lakeland
2150 E. Edgewood Dr., Lakeland, FL
Every Tuesday from 11am – 1pm and every 3rd Saturday 10am-12pm
Pilgrim Rest Free Will Baptist Church – Lakeland
1052 N Kettles Ave., Lakeland, FL
1st & 3rd Monday at 9am
Central Assembly of God Auburndale
601 Lemon St., Auburndale, FL
1st & 3rd Saturday at 9:30am
Mulberry Community Service Center
306 Southwest 2nd Ave., Mulberry, FL 33860 (located at Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church)
1st & 3rd Friday at 2pm
RCMA Mulberry – Sponsored by United Way & CFHC
4440 Academy Drive, Mulberry, FL 33860
2nd & 4th Wednesday at 5:30pm
Church Service Center Bartow – Sponsored by United Way
495 E Summerlin St, Bartow, FL 33830
2nd & 4th Thursday at 1pm
First Missionary Baptist Church – Winter Haven – Sponsored by United Way & CFHC
200 Ave R NW, Winter Haven, FL 33881
2nd & 4th Friday at 11am
Wahneta Baseball Park – Winter Haven – Sponsored by United Way & CFHC
2816 Rifle Range Rd, Winter Haven, FL 33880
Every first and third Friday at 10 am
Multiply Christian Church – Winter Haven – Sponsored by United Way & CFHC
3900 Lake Blue Dr. Winter Haven, FL 33881
2nd & 4th Monday at 9am
Donald Bronson Community Center in Polk City – Sponsored by United Way
124 Bronson Trail, Polk City, FL 33868
2nd & 4th Saturday at 10 am
HELP of Ft. Meade at American Legion Post 23
825 N Charleston Ave, Ft. Meade, FL 33841
2nd & 4th Thursday at 11am
Frostproof Care Center – Sponsored by United Way
17 Scenic Highway S, Frostproof, FL 33843
1st & 3rd Wednesday at 10am
Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal Ministries – Lake Wales
511 Jackson St., Lake Wales, FL
1st & 3rd Thursday at 10 am
Trinity Worship Center International Ministries – Haines City
2795 N. 10th St., Haines City, FL
2nd & 4th Wednesday at 2pm
Map – Find a Food Pantry Near Me
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As food donations continue to fluctuate, please know that different items will be available at different times. Unfortunately, during this time they cannot guarantee specific food items or categories. The Feeding Tampa Bay team continues to source whatever food they can and they remain committed to providing a well-rounded box/bag of food for you and your family.
To learn more about the United Way of Central Florida or the George W. Jenkins End Hunger Initiative visit https://uwcf.org/initiatives/endhunger/.
Check out our Community Resources Guide for Lakeland + Polk County to find places to volunteer and donate, community assistance, foster care, and more.