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THE FOLLOWING LINKS ARE INTENDED AS RESOURCES TO ASSIST YOU WITH YOUR PRIMARY HEALTH CARE NEEDS. IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY DIAGNOSED WITH HIV/AIDS, HEPATITIS C, SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES AND OTHER DISEASES, WE ARE DEDICATED TO ENSURING YOU HAVE ALL THE INFORMATION TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEALTH CARE NEEDS

GENERAL ASSISTANCE ORGANIZATIONS

United Way 2-1-1 of Manasota, Inc.
(Referral system for all types of assistance)
1445 2nd Street
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: 211 or (941) 308-HELP

Bethesda House
(Rental, utilities and other financial assistance, food pantry, clothes)
1670 4th Street
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: (941) 366-1886

Salvation Army
(Rental and utilities assistance, food pantry, clothes)
1400 10th Street
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: (941) 954-4673

Habitat for Humanity Sarasota
(Low-cost home ownership, low-cost furniture, appliances, etc.)
1757 N. East Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34234
Telephone: (941) 363-0777

Sarasota Housing Authority
(Section 8 Housing and other housing assistance)
1300 Boulevard of the Arts
Sarasota, Florida 34236-4936
Telephone: (941) 361-6210

Resurrection House
(Homelessness, housing assistance)
507 Kumquat Court
Sarasota, FL 34230
Telephone: (941) 953-7642

Jobs, Etc.
(Vocational rehab., job assistance)
3660 N. Washington Avenue
Sarasota, FL
Telephone: (941) 359-5670

Catholic Charities
(Financial assistance)
Telephone: (941) 379-7997

Jewish Family and Children’s Services
(Financial assistance)
Telephone: (941) 366-2224

Legal Aid of Manasota
(Legal assistance – Foreclosures)
1900 Main Street, #302
Sarasota, FL
Telephone: (941) 366-0038

First Step of Sarasota, Inc.
(Substance abuse)
1970 Main Street, 3rd Floor
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: (941) 366-5333

Second Chance – Last Opportunity
(Food pantry, life skills training, rental assistance)
1933 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Sarasota, FL 34235
Telephone: (941) 360-8660

Harvest House
(Halfway house, homelessness)
209 North Lime Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34237
Telephone: (941) 359-1188

St. Vincent de Paul
(Food and other assistance)
44 Adelia Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34237
Telephone: (941) 952-9633

SPARCC
(Domestic violence)
2139 Main Street
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: (941) 365-1976

Restoration Fellowship
(Food pantry – Wednesdays 10 am – 11 am)
5614 Richardson Road
Sarasota, FL 34232
Telephone: (941) 374-1105

Season of Sharing
(Financial assistance for housing assistance, child care, auto repair, transportation [work], clothes/tools [work], critical/urgent medication, emergency food, emergency dental care, Healthy Kids Insurance)
Accessed through Jewish Family & Children’s Service, Catholic Charities, Salvation Army

FOOD ASSISTANCE

SARASOTA

The Salvation Army Sarasota
1400 10th St. Sarasota, FL, 34236
Telephone: (941) 954-4673

Sarasota Branch of the Salvation Army
There are several locations around the county. A number of social services may be offered. Programs can include food assistance, Thanksgiving and Christmas meals and gifts, clothing, baby formula, diapers, and household items. Some of the Sarasota County locations can even offer funds for paying utility bills and rent.

Saint Vincent de Paul
512 South Orange Avenue
Sarasota, Florida, 34236
Telephone: (941) 953-5477
St. Vincent DePaul is also one of the nation’s leading charities. This is their local Sarasota Florida branch. Programs offer free food, meals, financial help, vouchers for groceries and medications, and other aid.

AFFB/Mobile Food Pantries/Sarasota & Desoto County
8171 Blaikie Court
Sarasota, FL, 34240
Call (941) 379-6333 to find where this pantry will be located next
Emergency food baskets are provided for seniors and low income families-with-children only. Individuals can utilize the Meals On Wheels, Meal Program at TSA, as well as other local pantries and charities.

Bethesda House
(Rental, utilities and other financial assistance, food pantry, clothes)
1670 4th Street
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: 366-1886

Habitat for Humanity Sarasota
(Low-cost home ownership, low-cost furniture, appliances, etc.)
1757 N. East Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34234
Telephone: 363-0777

Sarasota Housing Authority
(Section 8 Housing and other housing assistance)
1300 Boulevard of the Arts
Sarasota, Florida 34236-4936
Telephone: 361-6210

Resurrection House
(Homelessness, housing assistance)
507 Kumquat Court
Sarasota, FL 34230
Telephone: 953-7642

Second Chance – Last Opportunity
(Food pantry, life skills training, rental assistance)
1933 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Sarasota, FL 34235
Telephone: 360-8660

Harvest House
(Halfway house, homelessness)
209 North Lime Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34237
Telephone: 359-1188

First Christian Church
7601 State Road 72/Clark Road
Sarasota, Florida, 34241-9618
Telephone: (941)923-2602

Church of the Palms
Address of church food bank – 3224 Bee Ridge Road
Sarasota, Florida, 34239
Telephone: (941) 924-1323

St. Paul Lutheran Church
Address of food bank
2256 Bahia Vista Street
Sarasota, FL, 34239
Telephone: (941) 955-6479
Not only may a free, emergency box of food be passed out, but the location also has clothing and other basic needs

Friendship Baptist Church
5700 Palmer Blvd.
Sarasota, Florida, 34232
Dial (941) 371-2301 -5700 for hours and help

Beneva Christian Church
4835 Beneva Rd
Sarasota, FL, 34233
Call (941) 924-8713 for hours and more information on services offered to the low income

Hispanic Center – St. Jude’s Catholic Church
3930 17th St.
Sarasota, FL, 34235
Telephone: (941) 955-3934

New Life Worship Center of Sarasota
2105 Worrington St.
Sarasota, Florida, 34231
For hours, call (941) 922-8444

West Coast Church of Cross
S. Tuttle Ave.
Sarasota, FL, 34239
Telephone: (941) 927-6573-3005
The church may have hot meals, spiritual guidance, shelter for the homeless, and overall guidance.

Dollar Dynasty, Inc.
1922 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Sarasota, Florida, 34234
Telephone: (941) 955-8091

Harvest Tabernacle
209 North Lime Avenue, Sarasota, FL, 34237
Telephone: (941) 487-7026
Food, meals, and perishable items for the needy

Living Hope Church
1400 Central Ave., Sarasota, FL, 34234
Dial – (941) 879-2259 to reach someone at the churches food bank

Sarasota Seventh Day Adventist Church
5764 Churchill Downs Rd, Sarasota, FL, 34241
Telephone: (941) 924-6223
Church may have food, information, clothing, and holiday meals and gifts for local members in the parish region

Vamo United Methodist Church
Vamo Rd., Sarasota, Florida, 34231
Dial 941-966-3306 or 448-5769-8521

Caritas -Church Services
1651 2nd St., Sarasota, FL, 34230
Telephone: (941) 366-5620
A regional non-profit that helps the working poor in the county, and groceries from the pantry can prevent hunger in the region

Gifts from God of Sarasota, Inc.
1872 18th St., Sarasota, Florida, 34234
Telephone: (941) 485-4707

United Way 2-1-1 of Manasota, Inc.
(Referral system for all types of assistance)
1445 2nd Street, Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: 211 or 308-HELP

NORTH PORT

St. Nathaniel’s Episcopal Church
4200 South Biscayne Drive
North Port, FL 34287
Telephone: (941) 426-2520
Provides a food pantry. Serves North Port
Pantry hours: 3rd Thursday of every month: 9 am – 1 pm

Salvation Army of Venice
4940 Pan American Boulevard
North Port, FL 34287
Telephone: (941) 240-5108
Provides a food pantry. Serves Sarasota (Especially Venice)
Pantry hours: Venice: Mondays through Fridays 8:30 am – 4:30p m and North Port: Monday and Thursday: 7 am and 5 pm

Trinity United Methodist Church of North Port
Wesley Lane
North Port, FL, 34287
Telephone: (941) 426-1734

Gulf Coast Assembly Church of God
2800 Pan American
North Port, FL, 34290
Call the church at 941-423-1939
A food bank and soup kitchen are on site. Christmas meals and more are offered in addition to regular groceries or vouchers.

VENICE

The Salvation Army Venice
1051 Albee Farm Rd., Venice, FL, 34284
Telephone: (941) 484-6227

Trinity Presbyterian Church
4365 State Road 776
Venice, FL 34293
Telephone: (941) 492-6384
Provides a food pantry. Serves Residents of 34292, 34293, 34275, and 34285.
Documentation Required: 2 ID’s. Pantry hours: Tuesdays and Thursday: 10:30 am – 3 pm

South County Food Pantry
790 S Tamiami Trail, Venice, Florida 34285
Telephone: (941) 484-4609
The food pantry provides packaged and canned goods. There may be fruits, vegetables, baby formula and other items that serve as a form of temporary food assistance and groceries.
Community Assistance

Trinity Presbyterian Church
4365 State Road 776
Venice, FL, 34293
Telephone: (941) 493-0018
Everything from emergency financial aid to food, groceries, and public benefits are offered.

Center of Hope East
Venice Ave.
Venice, Florida, 34285
Telephone: (941) 412-9044-1214
Various social services are run by the charity. Applications for public aid such as food stamps are combined with a bag of groceries. Other resources include Meals on Wheels for seniors and the disabled in Sarasota County.

Bread of Life Ministries
6454 Scott Street
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Telephone: (941) 575-4440
Homeless Shelter. Provides services to the indigent

Charlotte County Homeless Coalition, Inc.
1476 Kenesaw Street
Port Charlotte, FL 33948
Telephone: (941) 627-4313
Web site: www.cchomelesscoalition.org
Provides services for almost homeless and homeless people. The Charlotte County Homeless Coalition provides centralized intake for homeless clients with referrals as necessary to: Crisis Intervention Team; Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU); Detox-Recovery Center (CBHC); Outpatient Evaluation & Counseling; AA/NA On-site 6-days per week; Crisis and Rape Emergencies (CARE); Department of Children & Families (DCF); and Homeless Youth Education Also offers pregnancy and parenting youth support.

Domestic Abuse Shelter Homes, Inc.
2626 S. McCall Road – Tiffany Square
Englewood, FL 34295
Telephone: (941) 475-8722
Provides support, referral and transitional housing for domestic abuse victims. NOTE: this is NOT an emergency shelter for domestic abuse.

Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity
1750 Manzana Avenue
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Telephone: (941) 639-3162
Web site: www.charlottecountyhfh.org
Builds homes for homeownership for low to very low income families

Punta Gorda Housing Authority
414 E. Charlotte Avenue
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Phone: 941.639.4344
Fax: 941.639.1753

Solstice Consumer Services
22107 Elmira Boulevard
Port Charlotte FL 33952
Telephone: (941) 624-0911
Fax: (941) 527-0379
Email: clients@solsticeconsumer.org
Serves all Florida residentsMORTGAGE ASSISTANCE: The Florida Hardest-Hit Fund (HHF) program aims to assist qualified Florida homeowners by providing mortgage assistance for up to 12 months (capped at $24,000), or until the homeowners finds adequate employment to resume paying the mortgage (whichever comes first), with up to $18,000 available to reinstate a delinquent first mortgage prior to payments being made. Additionally, for a homeowner who is recovering from unemployment/underemployment, up to $25,000 is available as a one-time payment to reinstate a delinquent first mortgage.Also provides Home buyer education, budgeting education and assistance and credit counseling.

ENGLEWOOD

Englewood Helping Hand
700 E Dearborn Street, Englewood, Florida, 34295-0791
Telephone: (941) 474-5864
May be able to provide free emergency food supplies to bridge gap until person or family obtains government assistance.This can include Florida or federal government. They can help support people until they return to work or otherwise resolve their crisis. Read more on public aid in Florida.

Suncoast Worship Center
881 South River Road, Englewood, FL, 34223
Telephone: (941) 474-5045

Englewood Bible Church
501 Yale St., Englewood, FL, 34223
Telephone: (941) 473-9664
The homeless may be given a free meal. Low income families in Sarasota County can also turn to the center for advice and referrals

Englewood Four Square Church
180 Langsner, Englewood, FL 34223
Telephone: (941) 475-7161
Provides food, clothing and necessities to persons in need.

Englewood Meals on Wheels
400 Loma Linda, Englewood, FL 34223
Telephone: (941) 474-4445
Volunteers prepare and deliver hot, well-balanced meals to home-bound residents.

Englewood Bible Church
501 Yale Street, Englewood, FL 34223
Telephone: (941) 473-9664
Provides a food pantry. Serving Sarasota and Charlotte Counties. Opens at 10:30 am on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month – please sign in before 11:30 am. Contact Pastor Tony Fiori.

Englewood Helping Hands
700 E. Dearborn Street, Englewood, FL 34223
Telephone: (941) 474-5864
Provides a food pantry. Serving Sarasota County. Open from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm, Monday through Thursday. Must be resident of Englewood. Additional eligibility requirements differ per program. Contact Victoria Rice.

Suncoast Worship Center
881 S. River Road, Englewood, FL 34223
Telephone: (941) 474-5045
Provides a food pantry. Serving Sarasota County. Open from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Phone or visit to discuss eligibility. Contact Lee Wessendors.

Mercy Given Ministries
2201 Englewood Rd., Englewood, Florida, 34223
Two phone numbers to dial are 941-702-0318 or 941-460-1880
Some aid includes clothing, free food, and referrals to financial assistance programs, including food stamps

PORT CHARLOTTE

Salvation Army
2120 Loveland Boulevard, Port Charlotte, FL 33980
Telephone: (941) 629-3170
Provides a food pantry. Serving Charlotte County. Open from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and from 9:00 am to noon on Thursday. Requires an appointment – Please call for an appointment. To be eligible, must have low income. Contact Major Prieto.

Remnant Seed Ministries Inc. Food Pantry
21202 Olean Blvd B5, Port Charlotte, FL 33952
Telephone: (941) 625-3490
Open from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm on Tuesday and Thursday. Must be a resident of zip code 33952

St Charles Borromeo Catholic Church
21841 Felton Avenue, Port Charlotte, FL 33952
Telephone: (941) 625-9784
Provides a food pantry. Serves Port Charlotte. Pantry hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 9 am – 12 pm

St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church
1441 Spear Street, Port Charlotte, FL 33948
Telephone: (941) 743-6877
Provides a food pantry. Serves Charlotte County. Pantry hours: Mondays through Fridays 9 am – 5 pm

Port Charlotte Seventh Day Adventist Church
2036 Loveland Boulevard, Port Charlotte, FL 33980
Telephone: (941) 629-1333
Provides a food pantry. Serves Charlotte. Pantry hours: Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday: 9 am – 1 pm

Palm Tabernacle Ministries
390 Flamingo Boulevard, Port Charlotte, FL 33954
Telephone: (941) 764-1411
Provides a food pantry. Serves Charlotte, Desoto and Sarasota. Pantry hours: Monday and Wednesdays 2 pm – 6 pm

Lighthouse Outreach Center
1476 Kenesaw Street, Port Charlotte, FL 33948
Telephone: (941) 627-4228
Provides a food pantry

Edgewater United Methodist Church
19190 Cochran Boulevard, Port Charlotte, FL 33948
Telephone: (941) 625-3039
Provides a food pantry. Serves Charlotte. Documentation Required: Charlotte County picture identification. Assistance available once per month. Pantry hours: Monday & Wednesdays 10 am – 1 pm

Charlotte County Health Plus Community Action
3082 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL 33952
Telephone: (941) 625-4343
Provides a food pantry. Serves Charlotte, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda. Pantry hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 1 pm – 2:30 pm

PUNTA GORDA

Good Samaritans
1105 Taylor Road, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Telephone: (941) 639-3335
Provides a food pantry. Serving Charlotte County. Open from 10 am to 12:30 pm, Monday through Friday, and also the fourth Saturday of each month. Six months residency required for eligibility. Contact Diane Munson

St. Vincent DePaul Society
25200 Airport Rd, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Telephone: (941) 575-0767
Provides a food pantry. Serving Charlotte County. Open from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Contact James McDermott

Souls Harbour Church of God
451 Helen Avenue, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Telephone: (941) 639-1048
Provides a food pantry. Serves Charlotte. Pantry hours: Mondays through Fridays 9 am – 5 pm

Community Resource Center
5400 Riverside Drive #3522, Punta Gorda, FL 33982
Telephone: (941) 276-1240
Provides a food pantry. Serves Charlotte County. Documentation Required: Intake procedure: Must bring proof of residency of Charlotte County, example would be Driver License or ID Card. Pantry hours: 1st Wednesday of the Month and 4th Wednesdays 4 pm -6 pm

Bread of Life Ministries
6454 Scott Street, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Telephone: (941) 575-4440
Provides a food pantry. Serves DeSoto. Pantry hours: Wednesdays 12 pm – 6 pm

First Baptist Church of Punta Gorda
459 Gill Street, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Telephone: (941) 639-3857
Provides a food pantry