Central Pantry in Columbia is one of the largest food pantries in the state and is owned and operated by The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri. Designed as a grocery store, clients may shop once a month for nutritious staple items and daily for fresh produce and bread. Central Pantry helps feed more than 10,000 people every month.


Central Pantry is located at 1007 Big Bear Blvd, Columbia, MO 65202


What to Bring:

If you live or work in Boone County and are in need of food assistance, you can come to Central Pantry. Please bring an I.D., proof of residency (Example: Utility Bill), and something that demonstrates how many people live in your household. If you are unsure of these items, please come to Central Pantry and our staff will help you through the sign up process.


Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Central Pantry will be closed the following 8 days in 2019:
Saturday, January 19 (in observance of MLK Day)
Saturday, May 25 (in observance of Memorial Day)
Thursday, July 4 (in observance of Independence Day)
Saturday, August 31 (in observance of Labor Day)
Thursday and Friday, November 28-29 (in observance of Thanksgiving)
Tuesday, December 24 (in observance of Christmas Eve)
Wednesday, December 25 (in observance of Christmas)

Weather related closures will be posted on our social media accounts and the homepage of our website.

Phone Number:

(573) 874-7848