Food, clothing, utilities, emergency financial services

Access Florida

Provides several assistance program including food stamps, Medicaid and cash assistance.

Phone: 1-866-762-2237

Alachua County Coalition for Homeless and Hungry

Non-profit agency established as a coalition to advance the collaborative efforts of helping agencies in Alachua, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy and Putnam counties to end homelessness

Address: 3055 Ne 28th Drive, Gainesville, FL 32609
Phone: 352-792-0800

Alachua County Community Support Services (ACOSS)

Provides assistance with utilities, rent, and other resources as listed below.

  • Animal Services fee waiver: Fee waiver allowing indigent persons to reclaim their pets.
  • Indigent burials or cremations
  • Referrals: Services such as a brief assessment, information and referral.
  • Rent and mortgage: Rent and mortgage assistance may be available for eligible residents to assist in the prevention of eviction and foreclosure and to reduce homelessness.
  • RTS day bus pass: Eligible residents receive a RTS day bus pass to access public transportation for medical and/or work related reasons.
  • Urgent Special Needs: Assistance for items and services that are not offered through any other sources.
  • Utilities: Utility assistance may be available for eligible residents to prevent the interruption of utility services.

218 SE 24th Street
Gainesville, FL  32641
Phone: (352) 264-6750
TDD: (352) 955-2499
Fax: (352) 264-6756

American Red Cross – Gainesville

Address: 1425 NW 6th St, Gainesville , FL 32601
Phone: 352-376-4669

Angel Food Ministries

Provides food relief and financial support to communities. For more information call 386 462 2443 or 514 5968 (Alachua), 352 514 1115 (Gainesville), 352 591 2775 (Micanopy).


Bread of the Mighty Food Bank

Provides the following service

  • SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program): Provides individuals with help in applying for food stamps, Medicaid and cash assistance.
  • Kids cafe
  • Summer and after school snack program: Provides food to kids during the summer months and distribute a healthy snack and drink to kids enrolled in a qualifying after school enrichment program.
  • Mobile pantry: Delivers food directly to food insecure communities.

For more details follow the link below:

325 NW 10th Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32601
Phone: (352) 336-0839

Catholic Charities

  • Emergency Assistance, Weekend Hunger Backpacks and Rural Mobile Food Distribution are programs that help individuals and families who are struggling with hunger
  • 93% of clients are not Catholic. Clients receive 3 days of food once a month. Service also provides limited financial assistance for rent, mortgages, utilities and prescriptions.
  • Food pantry hours:
    • Monday-Wednesday, 9:30am – 3pm
    • Thursday, 9:30am-12:30pm
    • Closed daily from 12:30pm-1pm

Address: 1701 NE 9th St A, Gainesville, FL 32609
Phone: 352-372-0294

Community Action Agency

Provides immediate financial assistance (Utility/Rent), Self-sufficiency program (helping families to become independent of social/public assistance).

1405 NW 13th Street, Suite B
Gainesville, FL 32601
Phone: (352) 373-7667

Career Source North Central Florida

Provides career or job opportunities. For more details follow the link below:

Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce
300 East University Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32601
P: 352.334.7100


Gainesville Community Ministry

Provides utilities, rent, clothing, furniture, emergency food, free GED classes, parenting classes, assistance with obtaining state IDs.

238 SW 4th Ave
Gainesville, FL 32601
Phone: (352) 372-8162

Goodwill Industries

Provides clothing, furniture and many more services. Goodwill operates at two low cost thrift stores in Alachua county.

3520 SW 34th St
Gainesville, FL, 32608
Phone: (352) 376-9041

2624 NW 13th St.
Gainesville, FL, 32609
Phone: (352) 378-4449

High Springs Social Services

Provides food pantry, clothing, rent/utility assistance

15 SE 1st Ave
High Springs, FL 32643
Phone: (386) 454-1000

SafeLink Cell Phones

Recipients receiving assistance through government programs are eligible

Phone: 1-800-Safelink

St. Francis House

Emergency food (soup kitchen) and emergency shelter.

413 S. Main Street
Gainesville, FL
Phone: (352) 378-9079

United Way

Provides help with food, housing, employment, health care, counseling and more. Sponsors 2-1-1, which provides free and confidential information and referrals.

United Way of North Central Florida
6031 NW 1st Place
Gainesville, FL 32607-2025
Phone: (352)331-2800
Fax: (352)331-2111
United Way 2-1-1 for local resources: