Wh Find Help

Feeding the Gulf Coast assists families and individuals along the Central Gulf Coast in many ways. More than 400 community partners are ready to provide groceries and meals to those struggling to afford food.

To find the location nearest you, use the Find a Pantry feature. We recommend all individuals call the agency to verify food distribution times.

The Outreach team is available to help you determine if you are eligible for benefits. Begin the process here.

If you need assistance with other resources, United Way's 2-1-1 is a free service which provides confidential information and referral for those who need help with food, housing, employment, health care, counseling and more. Dial 2-1-1 or click here to visit the 2-1-1 website.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

We are monitoring local, state, and federal guidance concerning COVID-19 (coronavirus). Feeding the Gulf Coast remains committed to our mission of ensuring the needs of our communities are met.

The food bank is maintaining regular business hours of Monday through Friday, 8-4. Please call (888) 704-FOOD if you need assistance or have any questions.

For children, 18 and younger, who need meals during school closures: The Find a Pantry feature is the best source of information at this time for families and individuals seeking assistance. Our child nutrition sites are also updated on the following:

Alabama (Children must be present to receive meals): http://www.breakforaplate.com/
Florida (Children must be present to receive meals): https://www.summerbreakspot.org/
Mississippi (Children must be present to receive meals): https://www.mdek12.org/OCN

Please safeguard yourself and loved ones with the following knowledge and use common sense precautions to help prevent the spread of a potentially dangerous illness.

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, and covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

The recommendation for the single most effective prevention of the virus is increased diligence in hand washing.

Individuals at Higher Risk

The CDC has identified older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung, or kidney disease as higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness. According to the CDC, early data suggest older people are twice as likely to have serious COVID-19 illness.

If you are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, you should:

  • Stock up on supplies such as medications or medical supplies, and other items needed to stay home for an extended amount of time.
  • Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.
  • When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
  • Avoid crowds as much as possible.
  • During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed.