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Food banks and Free pantries

Local food banks and pantries are a great place to turn to for free food, groceries, and other forms of non-financial support.

Gateway Community Outreach
701 NE 2nd Street
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
Food bank phone number - Telephone: 954.725.8434
Food Pantry - Call for hours & nearest location.
Offers various social service programs for the needy in Broward County. Some service include baby formula, meals, clothing, and of course an onsite food pantry and thrift store. They also run a Homeless Prevention & Food Program.

Cooperative Feeding Program
1 NW 33rd Terrace
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
Telephone number: 954.792.2328
Food Pantry: Mon-Fri, 9 am - 4 pm
Soup Kitchen: Mon-Sat, 9 am - 11 am & Sun, 11 am - 12:30 pm

Broward Meals On Wheels
There are several locations. Volunteers deliver meals, both fresh and frozen, the the homebound, elderly, or disabled. Most are low cost, but some are free. they also partner with stores such as Publix.
451 N. State Road 7, Plantation, FL, 33317, (954) 731-8770

Pantry of Broward, Inc.
610 NW 3rd Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33311
Telephone: 954.358.1481
Food Pantry, 9 am - 4 pm (M-F)
A number of food resources are offered, including fresh food, meats, and canned goods. Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas meals and baskets can be provided.

Hope Outreach Center
4700 SW 64th Avenue, Suite A
Davie, Florida 33314
Telephone: 954.321.9158
Food Pantry 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (Monday - Thursday)
Another all inclusive non-profit assistance organization. Apply for food, meals, and groceries. Programs for school children including clothes and food offered too. Also learn about low income housing and utility help.

Other Services Offered in Florida:

Medicaid for Low Income Families With Children may be an option for children up to age 18 as well as their parents and/or caretaker. Health care can be provided in these cases to low income individuals and families.

Emergency Medical Assistance (EMA) For Non-Citizens is offered for a serious medical condition such as emergency labor and delivery of a child. The need must be verified by a doctor or medical professional, and the program is only offered for those who are also Medicaid eligible except for their citizenship status.

Health care and Medicaid for Aged or Disabled can be offered for low income individuals who are disabled or who are aged (65 or older).

Emergency Financial Assistance Program (EFAHP) – This program was created by Florida to try to help prevent homelessness. Money and grants can be distributed to pay a wide range of housing expenses that could cause homelessness. For example, money may be offered for rent, mortgage payments, or energy bills. The bottom line is that funding is offered for both homeowners and renters.

Women, Infant, Child (WIC) is another federal government funded program for lower income Women, Infants, and Children. The Florida WIC program provides the following resources at no cost to qualified individuals and families. Access healthy foods, breastfeeding support, nutrition education and counseling, as well as referrals for health care and medical services from the Department of Children and Families.

  • Florida KidCare can offer free or low cost public health insurance coverage for children from birth through age 18, even if the parent is employed. There are four main components of the program as indicated below.

  • Medikids covers children age 1 through 4.

  • Healthy Kids if for children who are aged 5 through 18.

  • Another wide ranging public resource is Children’s Medical Services, which is for Florida children birth through 18 who have special health care needs.

  • Medicaid is also offered. This is for children birth through 18. A child who has other health or dental insurance may still qualify for Medicaid.


Telephone bills and expenses – Receive a low cost cell phone or land line in Florida from the Link-Up and Lifeline Assistance Program. This national program is also offered in Florida, and was designed to ensure that all residents of Florida, regardless of their income, have access to telephone service and some type of phone connections in their homes. Financial assistance and savings on phones are provided by the state government Children and Families.

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program provides grants and public money to local governments as well as non-profit agencies in Florida so that they can assist low-income families with paying for home cooling bills and any heat expenses. The government funded utility bill program provides cash grants directly to local offices in your town and county. All applications and funding is run at the local level.

Financial assistance for child care is provided by the state from resources such as the Florida School Readiness Program. The state will subsidize your costs so that the parents can either attend attend job training, work at their current job, or enroll into an education service or class. In addition it will put the child in place to get off to a strong start on their overall learning.

Public Assistance Programs

Broward County Public Assistance

There are several public assistance programs and resources available in Broward County Florida for low income families.

Location of Broward County Family Success Centers

There are several centers around the county. Call or stop by for more information or to apply for public assistance or social services.

  • North County Multipurpose Center (Pompano), 2011 NW 3rd Avenue, Pompano Beach, Florida 33060 dial 954-786-2121

  • NorthWest Coral Springs Family Success Center, 10077 NW 29th Street, Coral Springs, Florida 33065, main phone number 954-357-5000

  • Central Region Family Success Center, Edgar P. Mills Multi-Purpose Center, 900 N.W. 31st Avenue, Suite 3000, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

  • South Region Family Success Center (Carver Ranches), 4733 SW 18th St., Hollywood, Florida 33023, call 954-357-5650

  • Davie Family Success Center, 4700 Davie Rd., Suite B, Davie, FL 33314, call the center at 954-797-2054

Our apply online:

Other services offered in Florida include:

  • Domestic Violence prevention and support for victims.

  • Florida Department of Veterans Affairs also helps military member’s families.

  • Florida Housing Finance Corporation – Mortgage, rent, and foreclosure help.

  • Legal aid at no cost from Florida Legal Services.

  • Referral services to non-profits and public assistance.

  • Welfare Information Network.

  • Florida Discount Drug Card Program can save money on prescriptions.

  • Florida WIC – Good Nutrition for Woman, Infants & Children.

  • Food Assistance Through the Angel Food Ministries Program.

  • Information on food banks and pantries.

  • Maternal and Child Health.

  • Agency for Persons with Disabilities.

  • Alzheimer's Caregiver Support.

  • Florida Elder Services.

  • Florida Hospices and Palliative Care.

  • Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Assistance – Save money on medicines.

  • Senior and Elderly Prescription Assistance Programs.


Call the Florida Department of Children and Families at 1-866-762-2237