There may be a waiting period for individuals and families applying for food assistance before they begin receiving benefits. If you need food help today, there are several resources available to you to help you find the help you need.

Free Food options and shelters in Hamilton County

Below is a comprehensive map of the food pantries, soup kitchens, and other free food options in Hamilton County, as well as homeless shelters.


The National Hunger Hotline

The National Hunger Hotline is a national service that can help you find food near your home. Call the hotline at 1-866-3-HUNGRY (1-866-348-6479) to get help or visit

United Way’s 211

Hamilton County residents can also call 211 to get help and access a variety of services. Callers can get help 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information visit