Food & Food Banks




Action Ministries (Our Daily Bread Community Kitchen)

Athens First Baptist Chuch

355 Pulaski Street | Athens, GA 30601

(706) 353-6647


Meals at Our Daily Bread: 

           M-F 8 am (Breakfast)

           M-F 12pm (Lunch)

Weekend Sack-Lunch Distribution:

           Saturday 12pm

           Sunday 3pm


Additional Info: Our Daily Bread Community Kitchen serves breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday and provides a sack meal on the weekends. The program is run through Action Ministries and also provides haircuts, HIV testing, Lifeline assistance, personal care/hygiene supplies, pet food distribution and verification of homelessness.



AIDS Athens

112 Park Avenue | Athens, GA 30601

(706) 549-3730


Hours: M-F 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Additional Info: AIDS Athens provides a food pantry for AIDS Athens patients. Anyone who has a postive HIV or AIDS test is eligible to be a client. Good nutrition can help slow the progress of the disease, manage symptoms, improve response to drug therapy and increase overall quality of life by improving daily functioning.



Ark United Ministry Outreach Center

610-A Barber Street | Athens, GA 30601

(706) 548-8155

Hours: M-F 9:00 am – 12:30 pm


Additional Info: The Ark is located in the same building as the Athens Area Emergency Food Bank and writes referrals for neighbors to receive one week's worth of food. By doing this, The Ark helps our neighbors stretch their monthly food budget and allow for extra income to use toward bills.



Athens Area Emergency Food Bank

640 Barber Street | Athens, GA 30601

(706) 353-8182


Service Area: Clarke County


Required Documentation: Written referral form from agency, picture ID/Drivers License, Social Security Card and Medicaid Card. No proof of legal status is required.


Hours: M-F 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Additional Info:
Athens Are Emergency Food Bank gives food to individuals and families in the Athens/Clarke County area who have been screened and referred by authorized Clarke County agencies. To qualify for a referral, an applicant must show proof of the number of people requesting food and Clarke County residency. Although they ask for a simple statement of the emergency, they do not pass judgment in any case. If the requirement for referral cannot be met, Athens Area Emergency Food Bank works with other agencies to find a resolution.  No one who is hungry is ever turned away.


How Can I Get A Referral For Help?: The majority of the referrals for the Athens Area Emergency Food Bank come from The Ark, a church supported agency. This organization can qualify you for help. Contact information for The Ark can be found above. The following is a list of additional referral sites:


Residents of Athens Housing Authority: Must get a referral from the Residential Services Office located in Rock Springs.


Those who are homeless or transient (just passing through), without a permanent address: Must get a referral from the Department of Family and Children's services at 285 North Avenue, Athens, GA 30601. You will need to make an appointment with Swanson Thurmon (706) 227-7043 to complete the application process. Please bring your Social Security Card and a Picture ID to your appointment.


Applicants with minor dependents, zero income, and no health insurance for the minor children: You must get yoru referral from the Department of Family and Children's Services at 285 North Avenue, Athens, GA 30601. In order to obtain the referral you must apply for Food Stamps and Medicaid with a DFCS worker. You will not be denied a referral to the Emergency Food Bank in the event that you do not qualify for either of the programs.  It is only a requirment that you apply.


How Much Food Can You Get? : Qualified individuals and families are eligible for a 7 day supply of food two times during a 6 month period. Food is provided for emergency situations. The Athens Area Emergency Food Bank does not have the resources to provide long term assistance.



Beech Haven Baptist Church

2390 West Broad Street | Athens, GA 30606



Service Area: Barrow, Clarke, Jackson, Madison, Oconee and Oglethorpe Counties


Required Documentation: Picture ID/Drivers License and proof of income meeting low income requirments


Hours: Tuesday & Thursdays 2:30pm-4:30pm


Additional Information: Food is available once per month per individual.  No appointment is required.



Casa de Amistad

1685 Commerce Road Suite 1 | Athens, GA 30605

(706) 206-2087


Hours: Last Wednesday of every month from 4:00-8:00 pm

Additional Info: Casa de Amistad works with the Hispanic immigrant population in Athens, Georgia and surrounding counties. They provide social services, referrals, translation, education and advocacy. The food assistance program offers low income families in Athens-Clarke and surrounding counties with food from the food bank. 



Cornerstone Food Pantry

2150 Lexington Road | Athens, GA 30605

(706) 549-0000


Service Area: Clarke County


Required Documentation: Application form and photo ID. No proof of legal status required.


Hours: By appointment only

Additional Info: If you are in need of food for your family, you can reach the Emergency Food Pantry by calling the Cornerstone church office. You will be directed to the EFB (Emergency Food Pantry) voice mail. Please leave a number where you can be reached and a volunteer will get back to you with a day and time when you can receive grocery items. Food is available on an emergency basis and no more than once in six months per family.



East Athens Development Corp

400 McKinley Drive | Athens, GA 30601

(706) 208-0048


Required Documentation: Proof of Income


Hours: 9am-9pm the 3rd Tuesday of each month at Athens Community Center


Additional Information: Must meet low income requirements.




Ebenezer Baptist West

833 Reese Street | Athens, GA 30606

(706) 613-9278


Service Area: Barrow, Clarke, Jackson, Madison, Oconee, Oglethorpe and Walton Counties


Required Documentation: Picture ID/drivers license, application form, social security card, proof of residence or lease, proof of income, eviction notice and/or utility cut-off notice.


Hours: M-Thur 5:30-7:00 pm

Additional Info: Ebenezer Baptist Church’s mission is to provide clothes, food, and financial assistance to those in need



First AME Church

512 N. Hull Street | Athens, GA 30601

(706) 548-1454


Required Documentation/Eligibility: Banks statesments or pay stub as proof of low income status.


Hours: Mondays & Thursdays 1pm-6pm


Additional Information: Qualified applicants may receive food two times a month



First United Methodist Church

327 North Lumpkin Street | Athens, GA 30601

(706) 543-1442


Hours: Souper Supper is Thursdays in January - April at 5pm in Hancock Hall. There is also a food pantry at 9am on Saturday per month.


Additional Information: Each family will receive the same amount of food regardless of size. For other programs throughout the year please call the church office or visit their website.



Inter-Community Council, Inc.

250 West Dougherty Street | Athens, GA 30601

(706) 208-1774


Hours: M-Th 8:00 am – 2:30 pm | F 9:00 am -12:00 pm



New Covenant Worship Center

1425 Newton Bridge Road | Athens, GA 30607

(706) 613-5000


Service Area: Clarke County


Qualifications: Families with children under the age of 18 and seniors are qualified recipients.


Hours: Tuesday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Additional Info: Recipients can only receive assistance once every six weeks but no documentation is needed to receive help.



Oconee Heights Baptist Church

4180 Jefferson Road | Athens, GA 30607

(706) 548-4600


Hours: Wednesday 3:00-4:30 pm 

Additional Info: This agency offers a food pantry and clothing closet for anyone who might need it



Open Hearts

150 Old Winterville Road | Athens, GA 30601

(706) 354-8566


Required Documentation: Proof of Income, Social Security Card, Valid Photo ID, proof of family members


Additional Information: Call the number above to make an appointment. Eligible low income families may receive food every 3 months.



Salvation Army

484 Hawthorne Avenue | Athens, GA 30606

(706) 543-5350


Hours: M-Sa 8:00 am- 5:00 pm


Additional Info: Call the local Athens location for more information on current food banks and donation centers.


Sparrows Nest

745 Prince Avenue | Athens, GA 30603

(706) 549- 6693


Hours: Thursday 12:00-2:00 pm

           Breakfast Saturdays 7:30 am (seasonal)

Additional Info: The Sparrows Nest provides emergency food assistance to families with demonstrated need who are unable to receive food on the designated weekly distribution day and time. Currently this day and time is Thursdays from 12pm until 2pm. The organization provides both hot lunches and groceries.



St. Joseph’s Charities

134 Prince Avenue | Athens, GA 30601

(706) 549-4208


Service Area: Clarke, Jackson, Madison, Oconee and Oglethorpe Counties


Required Documentation: Picture ID/Drivers License, Social Security Card, Proof of Residence or Lease, Proof of Income, Eviction Notice, Utility Cut-Off Notice, 2 proof of payments for previous 30 days. Proof of Legal status is not required.


Hours: M-W 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Additional Info: Help can only be received every 4 to 6 months


Timothy Baptist Church

380 Timothy Road | Athens, GA 30606

(706) 549-1435


Service Area: Barrow and Clarke Counties


Required Documentation: Application form, Picture ID/Drivers License, Social Security Card, Proof of Residence or Lease, Eviction Notice or Utility Cut-off Notice. Proof of Legal status is not required.

Hours: Tuesday 2:00-3:45 pm

Additional Info: Groceries can only be received every 6 months.




We work in full cooperation with all area assistance organizations. If you have information on an organization that provides food or food bank services and you do not see their name on this list, please email us at