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Community Support Groups and Outreach for Students and Staff: Meals and Food Banks

This guide will provide resources and information to enable communities to address the needs of students and staff experiencing hardships

Food Assistance



Saint Mark's United Methodist Church -- USDA food program in the Family Life Center, for low income families and individuals. Every 3rd Saturday of the month. 99 East Mercury Blvd, Hampton. FMI: 757-851-3367

Six House – Help for those destitute but make too much to qualify for help from social service agencies. Six House –  provides Emergency Food on Tuesday - Friday the clients must call first. Food pantry- every third Thursday of the month. 2003 Kecoughtan Rd., Hampton. FMI: 757-244-6100

Food Bank of the Virginia Peninsula The Foodbank provides bulk foods to qualified, non-profit organizations, which in turn provide meals and emergency food directly to those who need it. Virginia's Table - Peninsula distributes prepared and perishable food donated by local food establishments to on-site feeding agencies of the Foodbank. Member agencies are charged a shared maintenance fee. 9912 Hosier St., Newport NewsFMI: 757-596-7188

One Harvest Food Ministry -- Everyone can purchase food boxes at wholesale prices. Great for stretching the monthly food budget. FMI: Ebenezer United Methodist Church Suffolk, 1589 Steeple Dr. Suffolk, Virginia 23433 FMI: 757-748-2949

Manna House Ministries - Food provisional assistance. Vernon Harris, Executive Director, PO Box 55181, Virginia BeachFMI: 757-714-0331

Food Pantries

Spartan Food Pantry Initiative is available to all Norfolk State University students starting October 25, 2017.  If you have donations, or for more information on the Spartan Food Pantry, contact Alumni Relations at or at 757-823-8135 for details. 

Cities are Color Coded:

Hampton, ChesapeakeNewport News, Yorktown, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach


Advent Family Life Center -- Food pantry open Tuesday 11:30-1:30, Friday 1:30-3:30, and Sunday 10:30-2:30. 1097 Bells Mill Rd., Chesapeake 23322. 757-410-3081.

New Creation United Methodist Church -- Food pantry open Mon.-Thursday 9 am-noon. 4320 Bruce Rd., Chesapeake 23321. 757-484-8217 (Debbie).

Chesapeake Avenue United Methodist Church -- Food pantry open Tuesday at 2 pm. 1200 Chesapeake Ave., Chesapeake 23324. Call first, 757-545-7481 (Worthy Pegram)

Covenant United Methodist Church – 2004 Dock Landing Rd., Chesapeake. Call first, 757-488-8968

Deep Creek United Methodist Church -- Food pantry open Thursday 9:00-10:30 am. Bring referral from a service provider (could be clergy) that knows your situation. 141 George Washington Hwy. Chesapeake 23323 FMI: 757-487-1698

First Baptist Church West Munden -- Open 3rd and 4th Wednesday 11 am - noon. 1541 Lyons Ave., Chesapeake 23324. Call first, 757-545-5889 Deacon Clarence Eaton.

First Baptist Money Point -- Food pantry open Wednesdays noon - 1 pm. 439 Freeman Ave., Chesapeake 23324. Call first, 757-545-1499

Harvest Assembly Church Wednesdays only 9:30 am - 11:30 am and 5:00-6:30 pm. Trailer marked HOB (House of Blessing) behind church. 525 Kempsville Rd., Chesapeake. FMI: 757-547-9341

Heritage Community Church -- Food pantry 3rd Thursday 9:00 am - 11:00 am, Emergency by appointment. 513 Johnstown Rd., Chesapeake 23322. FMI: 757-547-4329

Hope U Foundation is a non profit organization that provides housing, food stipends, job readiness assistance, vocational job training, case management and independent living skills. 1400 18th Street, Chesapeake FMI: 757-227-5444.

Impact Food Ministry -- Providing food for those in need. 600 Happy Acres Rd., Chesapeake 23323. FMI 757-487-9503

New Mt. Olive Baptist Church -- Food pantry open Wednesday and Thursday 11 am - 2 pm., 622 Fernwood Farms Rd., Chesapeake 23320. Call first, 757-547-3313.

Oaklette United Methodist Church -- Provides a food pantry connected to the Southeastern Food Bank. Open on Monday mornings from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. It is limited for each household to no more than one time each month and no more than six times per year. It is limited to those who reside in the following zip codes: 23320, 23324, 23325, 23523 and 23464. 520 Oaklette Dr., Chesapeake 23325. FMI: 757-754-5743.

Onesimus Ministries -- Food pantry open Tuesdays and Thursdays. 2619 Pocaty Rd., Chesapeake 23322. Call first, 757-421-2553.

Our House Family Shelter – Chesapeake residents. FMI: 757-545-4075

Prince of Peace Catholic Church – 621 Cedar Rd., Chesapeake. Drive-thru Wednesday from 10 am  – Noon. Rear of church. FMI: 757-547-0356

Providence United Church of Christ -- Food pantry open  Tuesday and Thursday 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm. 2200 Vicker Ave. Chesapeake 23324. FMI: 757-545-8347.

Providence Road Church of Christ -- Food pantry hours unknown. 921 Providence Rd., Chesapeake 23325. Call first, 757-420-2635.

New Rose of Sharon Elim Missionary Baptist Church -- Food pantry open Tues. 9 am - 2 pm, and Wed. 9 am - 1 pm. 3001 A Indian River Rd., Chesapeake 23320. Call Katherine Hill FMI: 757-545-8171

Redeemer Church 508 N. Centerville Turnpike, Chesapeake. First and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 5:30-8:00 pm. Call first, 757-436-7264


Cornerstone Worship Center International Assembly -- First Tuesday of every month, 11:00 am till 1 pm. 55 Tide Mill Lane, Hampton. Call first, 757-826-4322

Ivy Memorial Baptist Church – 2200 Coliseum Dr., Hampton. Wednesday at 10:00 am. Bring ID, for Hampton residents only. FMI: 757-838-3107

Newport News

Five Loaves Food BankMonday - Friday 10:45 am, Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, Breads and Pastries, Dairy Products, until supplies run out. First Tuesday of the Month, USDA foods and meat; every day thereafter until supplies run out. Tuesdays, hot meal, 5:30 - 7:00 pm.  13813 Warwick Blvd, Newport News. FMI: 757-775-4211

Good Seed Good Ground -- 2501 Marshall Ave., Newport News 23607. Call first,  757-224-0199. Nita Parker.

Harvest House Food Bank --  Harvest Land Ministries, 5889 Jefferson Ave., Newport News. Call first, Georgia Wesley, 757-223-0645.

New Beech Grove Church-- Free meal, Mondays and Fridays, from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm. 361 Beechmont Dr, Newport News, FMI: 757-877-4114 


York County Church Women United Emergency Food Closet – Provides food, where needed, on an emergency basis to York County and Poquoson residents. Wednesday  12:30 to 5:00 pm., 300 Ella Taylor Road, Yorktown. FMI: 757-898-9057.


The Basilica of Saint Mary Catholic Church Food Pantry/Soup Kitchen --  Food pantry for the surrounding community. 232 Chapel St. (at 1000 Holt St.) Norfolk 23504. FMI: Ms. Ercelle Drayton, Food Ministry Coordinator -  757-351-6550

Calvary Presbyterian Church Food Pantry -- 150 Kempsville Rd., Norfolk. Mondays 10:00 am - Noon, no appointment necessary. If you are in need of assistance, please call 757-461-7043.

Calvary Revival Church - Food pantry every Friday from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Noon (except holidays). Must be a member of Calvary Revival Church or a resident of Norfolk. 5833 Poplar Hall Dr., Norfolk 23502. Call first, 757-321-9700

Christ & St. Luke’s Episcopal 560 W. Olney Rd., Norfolk. Hours unknown, Call first: 757-389-7237

East Ocean View Baptist Church (Lighthouse Community Church) – 9609 9th Bay St., Norfolk. Hours unknown, Call first: 757-588-1985

Episcopal Church of the Advent Food Pantry -- Ocean View:  Mondays and Thursdays from 10am – noon and Thursday evenings from 6-7pm.

Photo ID and a piece of mail – such as a utility bill required. Serves zipcodes 23503, 23505 and 23518.  9629 Norfolk Ave. FMI: 757-587-0125

Episcopal Church of the Ascension -- Food pantry for needy individuals and families. 10:00 am - 11:30 am Tuesdays and Thursdays. 405 Talbot Hall Rd., Norfolk 23505. FMI: 757-423-6715

Impact Church of Norfolk -- Food pantry open every Saturday at 9:00 am-? 1066 Norview Ave., Norfolk 857- 1336.  Call first, 757-857-1336

First Pentecostal United Holy Church -- Hours unknown. 1434 Wilson Rd., Norfolk 23523. Call first: Ms. Whitehurst 757-543-1165

Grace and Hope Mission -- Food pantry by appointment only.  Monday, Thursday, Friday 10:00 am-4:00 pm. 2800 Lafayette Blvd. Must call first, 757-855-7175

Holy Trinity Catholic Church Food Pantry – Food assistance to Ocean View residents, Mon.-Thurs. from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. 154 W. Government Ave., Norfolk. FMI: 757-480-3433

New Hope Baptist Church of God in Christ -- Food pantry hours unknown. Hot Meals are served every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Noon. 3241 Brest Ave., Norfolk 23509. FMI: 757-855-3637

New Life Christian Center’s Storehouse – 3921 Pleasant Ave., Norfolk. Hours unknown. Call first, 757-362-8015

St. Columba Ecumenical Ministries -- 2114 Lafayette Blvd., Norfolk. Food Pantry Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. ID required. Referred families and individuals are provided enough food for 3 days. FMI: 757-627-6748. 

Temple Baptist Church -- provides food for needy families in the community. 3300 Tidewater Dr., Norfolk. Hours unknown. FMI: 757-762-2287

Village Family Food Pantry -- Food Distribution Every 4th Sunday at First Calvary Baptist Church, 813 Henry Street Norfolk VA  23504 FMI: 757-656-9577


Bethel Worship Center Church International Food Pantry -- 3697 Pepperwood Ct., Portsmouth, VA 23703. Food Pantry is open to the public  every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. FMI: 757-483-9697

PARC - Portsmouth Area Resources Coalition, Portsmouth. Emergency food pantry, weekend soup kitchen. FMI: 757-397- 5208. 

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church -- Provides emergency canned goods to needy families who reside within the Parish. Hours: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, Thursdays (Food Pantry Referral Only); 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday. Eligibility: Recipients must reside in the Parish area, between the boundaries of Crittendon Street, NE, Rhode Island Avenue, NE, 4th Street, NE to 18th Street, NE1029 Monroe St. NE, Portsmouth. 757-526-8822

Third Baptist Church  Mobile Pantry -- 461 Godwin St., Portsmouth.  4th Monday of each month,  9:30 am - 11:00 am. FMI: 757-393-9312


Vision Church International -- food pantry and small clothing facility in which frozen meats, nonperishable dry foods and clothing are given to individuals who are in need. 27198 Shady Brook Trail, Suffolk 23434. 562.0144

Virginia Beach 

St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church – 247 Clearfield Avenue, Virginia Beach. Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm. FMI: Elaine Bridges 757-518-2819, 757-474-4673

Virginia Beach United Methodist Church, Potter's House - 1709 Pacific Avenue, Virginia Beach. Bag lunches Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:30 am - 11:00 am. FMI: 757-428-7727, Mandi Cutchins 

First Presbyterian Church of Virginia Beach -- 300 36th Street, Virginia Beach. Partners with Gethsemane Community Fellowship in downtown Norfolk for an annual food drive. Hours not available. Call first, 757-428-6332

Mt. Olive Baptist Church - 310 North Birdneck Road, Virginia Beach. Partners with PINPeople in Need Ministry for Mount Olive Meal 12:30-2:30 pm Sundays. FMI: 757-962-3567

Lem Bowden Memorial Food Closet, Eastern Shore Chapel Episcopal Church 2020 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays 2-6 pm. FMI: 757-428-6763,  Kay O’Reilly

Foundry United Methodist Church - 2801 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Virginia Beach. Thursdays from 9 am - Noon. 757-340-0595

Storehouse Food Pantry Courthouse Community United Methodist Church -- 2708 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach. Curbside pickup Wednesdays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm. Wednesday night dinners, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm. FMI: 757-427-3272

Beach Fellowship - 1817 General Booth Boulevard, Virginia Beach. Proverbs Ministry including food, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm on the last Saturday of every month. FMI: 757-721-7388 

Food Locker, Open Door Chapel -- 3177 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Virginia Beach. Open Door Chapel. 3177 VA Beach Blvd. Call Tues after 10:00 for appt., 757-340-1441 x203. Pick up Wed. 9:30 am - 11:30 am.

Lynnhaven United Methodist Church -- 1033 Little Neck Road, Virginia Beach. Monday - Friday, call for appointment, 757-340-5682

St. Francis Episcopal Church -- 509 South Rosemont Road, Virginia Beach. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30 -1:00. FMI: 757-340-6884

Loaves to Fishes Ministry, Brook Baptist Church -- 4397 Wishart Road, Virginia Beach. Every second and fourth Friday, 11:00 am -12:00 pm. FMI: 757-464-0371

Social Justice Office, Church of the Ascension -- 4853 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach. Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - Noon. FMI: 757-495-1886 ext 414

Rock Church Food Pantry -- 640 Kempsville Road, Virginia Beach. Monday - Thursday, 1:30 pm - 3 pm. FMI: 757-495-5200, Rev. Mary Strickland, Jennifer Vinson

Kempsville Presbyterian Church -- 805 Kempsville Road, Virginia Beach. Every Wednesday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm (November - March); 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm (March - October) FMI: 757-495-1913

FOTE Outreach and Community Development Program -- 3420 Club House Road, Virginia Beach. No hours  available. FMI, 757-431-0052, Grady W. Morton

Salvation Army-Tidewater Area Command, Hampton Roads Area Command -- 5525 Raby Road Norfolk. Drive-thru, Monday - Friday, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm. FMI: 757-965-9012 option 2

Trinity Christian Fellowship -- 5245 Challedon Drive, Virginia Beach. No hours available. Call first, 757-739-5234

Bread of Life Outreach, Joy Ministries -- 1446 Kempsville Road, Virginia Beach. No hours available. FMI: 757-420-2625

Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore -- Includes Community Feed: @MacArthur Center: Available by appointment only Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm; Wednesdays, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm; Fridays, 11:30 am - 2:30 pm; and Saturdays 11:30 am - 2:30 pm -- @TCC Portsmouth Student Center: Tuesdays , Thursdays, 10:00 am - 2 pm. FMI: Register online, or call 877-486-4379 (Hampton Roads);  757-787-2557 (Eastern Shore). For referrals to pantries, soup kitchen, or holiday meals, call 757-627-6599

Catholic Church of Saint Mark -- 1505 Kempsville Road, Virginia Beach. No hours available. Call first, 757-479-1010

Judeo-Christian Outreach Center -- 1053 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Virginia Beach. Community Dinner, Monday - Friday: 5:00 pm; Saturday - Sunday and holidays, 2:00 pm. Food Pantry, Family Food Boxes, Tuesday and Saturday.  Call for an appointment, 757-491-2846

Coastal Community Church -- 2800 S Independence Blvd, Virginia Beach.  Community Distribution second Tuesday of each month, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Light of Hope United Methodist Church – 208 South Plaza Trail, Virginia Beach.  Clothes Closet, 9:00 am - 11:00 am, 4th Thursday of the month. FMI: 757-340-5775

For more details on free food pantries and soup kitchens, see the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore page, or call 757-627-6599.









Food Provided (free meals)

West Hampton Baptist Church -- 631 Aberdeen Rd, Hampton. Serves a free lunch every Thursday from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. FMI: 757-826-5772

Judeo-Christian Outreach Center -- 1053 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Virginia Beach. Community Dinner, Monday - Friday: 5:00 pm; Saturday - Sunday and holidays, 2:00 pm. Call for an appointment, 757-491-2846

Mt. Olive Baptist Church - 310 North Birdneck Road, Virginia Beach. Partners with PINPeople in Need Ministry for Mount Olive Meal 12:30-2:30 pm Sundays. FMI: 757-962-3567

Virginia Beach United Methodist Church, Potter's House - 1709 Pacific Avenue, Virginia Beach. Bag lunches Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:30 am - 11:00 am. FMI: 757-428-7727, Mandi Cutchins

Star of the Sea Catholic Church – 1404 Pacific Avenue, Virginia Beach.  Lunch provided Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 am - 11:30 am 757- 428-1244

Central Baptist Church Ghent -- 701 W. Olney Road, Norfolk. Soup Kitchen open every Monday, 9:30 am - 11:30 am.  FMI: 757-627-4571

All Nations Church -- 853 Cloverleaf Lane, Newport News. Tuesdays, 6:00 pm hot meals and groceries, downtown Newport News, 30th & Jefferson Ave, in the parking lot of First Baptist Church East End; Wednesdays, 4 pm - 5 pm  a large assortment of groceries is provided in the Family Life Center. Sunday morning, 8:00 am - 8:15 am pick up at the Farmer’s Market at 30th Street & Jefferson Ave for transportation to the Family Life Center for 9:00 am hot meals, free groceries, clothing, and showers. Attend 11:00 am service and taken back downtown afterwards. FMI: 757-941-5111

Oak Grove United Methodist Community Dinner 472 Battlefield Blvd., Chesapeake. Wednesday 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm. FMI: 757-547-2319

Oasis Social Ministry -- 800 Williamsburg Ave., Portsmouth. Mondays - Saturdays breakfast from 7:00 am - 7:45 am. Mondays - Thursdays lunch from 11:45 am - 12:45 pm. Fridays lunch at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm. Saturdays lunch at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm. Sundays -- breakfast at 8:00 am - 8:45 am, lunch at 2:00 - 3:00 pm. (except 3rd Sunday). Most meals located at Oasis, but some at either Zion Baptist, Third Baptist, St. James Episcopal or Emmanuel AME Churches (see next 4 listings)FMI: 757-397-6060

Zion Baptist Church (with Oasis Social Ministry) -- 527 Green St., PortsmouthTuesday, Friday and Saturday breakfast 7:00-7:45 am. FMI:  757-397-1761

Third Baptist Church (with Oasis Social Ministry) -- 461 Godwin St., PortsmouthFriday lunch from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm. FMI: 757-393-9312

Emmanuel AME Church (with Oasis Social Ministry) -- 637 North St., Portsmouth. Thursday lunch 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm. FMI: 757-393-2259

St. James Episcopal Church (with Oasis Social Ministry) -- 923 Effingham St., Portsmouth. 3rd Sunday of the month, lunch from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm. FMI: 757-399-7707

First Baptists Church Denbigh Outreach -- 13656 Warwick Blvd, Newport News. Meal for the homeless and hungry every 4th Saturday of the month at 29th Street and Jefferson Avenue, Newport News. What’s Cooking? – Pastors wife teaches those interested how to cook a main dish. Bible message taught while cooking.  Saturday 6:30-8:30 pm. FMI: 757-833-7261, Elmer Woodard

PIN (People in Need) Ministry - Virginia Beach Outreach Center at Fellowship Hall of Beach Pentecostal Church -- 503 15th St at the Oceanfront, Virginia BeachSaturday breakfast 8:00 am followed by morning recovery meeting. Sunday hot meal starts at 2:00 pm, worship at 3:30 pm.

Virginia Beach. Potters House -- 1709 Pacific Avenue, Virginia Beach.  Bag lunches served Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm. FMI:  757-428-7727, Mandi Cutchins

The Focus Center at Park Place -- 501 West 35th Street, Norfolk. Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, the Community Supper provides a warm meal and groceries to between 150 and 180 individuals each week. FMI: 757-223-0034

For more listings, see the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore page or call 757-627-6599.