Food assistance can include government programs such as the Food Stamps and Commodity Supplemental Food programs, and local programs such as food pantries or discounted food programs.

  • Angel Food Ministries
    Faith-based organization which provides healthy food boxes for sale at greatly discounted prices in 35 cities (including the Memphis area) through a network of participating churches and faith-based centers.
    Online ordering  

    Call 877-366-3646 (FOOD-MINISTRY) 24 hours a day/7 days a week
  • MIFA – Emergency Services
    Can provide voucher for five-day supply of food, to be redeemed at area food pantry, for Shelby County residents who have experienced an unexpected loss of income in the last 90 days. Can apply four times in one calendar year.  Apply  in person Mon – Fri 7:30 am  – 10:30 am.

    910 Vance Avenue
    Memphis 38126

    Call 901- 527-0208 or 527-0226 Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 3:30 pm.
  • Shelby Co Community Services Agency – Commodities Program
    Provides monthly distribution of non-perishable food items at community sites to eligible individuals and households.

    100 North Main Street #1300
    Memphis 38103

    Call 901-545-4526 Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm..
  • TN Dept of Human Services – Food Stamps
    Provides monthly financial assistance to low-income individuals and households through EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cards which can be used to purchase food.

    Apply online or at your local Dept of Human Services office.

    1) North Branch Office - Family Assistance
    3230 Jackson Ave.
    Memphis, TN 38122

    Call 901-320-7200 Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.

    2) Welles Branch Office - Family Assistance
    3360 South Third Street
    Memphis, TN 38109

    Call 901-344-5040 Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.

    Toll-free Family Assistance Center number:
    1-866-311-4287 (Monday – Friday, 7:00 am – 5:30 pm)
  • WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children)
    Provides food, nutrition counseling and healthcare services to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and post-partum women, and to at-risk infants and young children.
    WIC Clinic locations  

    Call 901-528-0044 or 800-DIAL-WIC (800-342-5942)  Mon – Fri 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. 

  For information about other emergency food options (food pantries, meals), please call 2-1-1 or search our online directory at  using keywords such as emergency food.