LCS Services

food pantries

About this Program

Providing  food for strong bodies & strong families.

We provide a variety of nutritious food for individuals and families in our area who are food insecure. We are one of the largest partners of the Food Bank of Delaware, and also receive food from community, faith based, school and other food drives. In all, we provide enough food for our clients to be able to prepare over a half million meals each year.

Before Your Arrive

You do not need a referral to visit out pantries. We welcome all!

  • Bring ID for you (every visit)
  • Bring an ID for family members living with you (including Children, first visit only)
    • Children may use any of the following as an ID: School IDs, Medicaid / Health Insurance Cards, Birth Certificates, Social Security Cards
  • Bring Proof of DE Residency (can be driver’s license, photo ID, lease, or any mail with their Delaware address)
  • Meet income guidelines for program eligibility (self attestation)
  • We encourage you to bring Reusable Bags for your Groceries

NOTE: Smoking is never permitted on our premises. Our pantries are closed on major holidays  and in the event of inclement weather.

You can only visit one LCS Pantry per week. If you need additional assistance, contact the Delaware Helpline by dialing 2-1-1 or calling 1-800-560-3372. Visit their website for more information.

Find a Pantry

Daily Food Distributions

LCS – St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church
1301 N. Broom St. Wilmington, DE 19806
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

(No public restrooms at this location)

LCS – Unity Lutheran Church
2101 Lancaster Ave. Wilmington, DE 19805
Tuesday, Wednesday
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM, and 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

LCS – Baynard Blvd
2809 Baynard Blvd. Wilmington, DE 19802
Friday 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Please complete the order form below for this location

Monthly Distributions

Hope Lutheran Church
230 Christiana Road
New Castle DE  19720 
3rd Thursday of every month
2:00 – 4:00 pm

Grocery Clubs

LCS also operates additional monthly grocery clubs, but they are generally limited to their current enrollment or residents of the facilities where they are housed. If one of these sites is most convenient for you, contact us at and we will put you in touch with the coordinator at that location.

Deliveries to Senior Communities

LCS makes deliveries to Delaware senior communities on a regular basis.  These deliveries bring food options directly to seniors, allowing them to choose without leaving their care facilities. If you would like to request a delivery to your senior community, contact us at info(at)lcsde(dot)org for more information.

What to Expect

We are here to help.
You will be greeted with a smile and a kind word. Our clients tell us that they shop at our pantries primarily because of the way they are welcomed!

Signing in
If you are new to our pantry, we will register you in our system. If you have registered with us before you just have to show your ID and sign in.  At most pantries you will be served in the order you arrive. At our daily Food Distributions we never run out of food and have plenty of selection, so try not to arrive too early. At our main LCS pantry, we will ask you to select a specific pick up time.

Food selection
At our Daily Food Distribution sites you will be provided with a generous bag of food, based on your household size, that contains enough food for 3 days. You will then be asked to select among the dairy, meats, and produce that we have available that day. We will also provide any “extras” we have that day such as desserts, bread or prepared meals.

Monthly Distribution and Grocery Club locations also provide a box or bag of food, plus whatever extras are available that day.

Pantry Pickup By a Proxy

If you are unable to come to one of our food pantries yourself, we have a proxy process for you to send someone else to pick up your food for you. You will need to register with our pantry first and then complete a Food Pantry Proxy Form below.

To coordinate with our annual registration schedule, the Food Pantry Proxy Form will need to be updated annually and will be valid from July through June. Consequently, you will need to submit a new Food Pantry Proxy Form during your first visit to the pantry after June 30th of each year.

The person picking up your food must show the Food Pantry Proxy Form to the pantry registration staff. After that first time, the proxy only needs to show us their ID each time so we can verify they are listed as a proxy for you.

LCS pantry staff and volunteers are not responsible for the food getting delivered to you by the designated proxy. 

If you are able to come in person to the pantry and pick up your food yourself, you may do so as long as it is not within the same week that your proxy has picked up food on your behalf.

Other situations

If you are homebound and cannot get to our food pantry to register yourself, you can have someone else (your proxy) pick up the required paperwork. You also will need to fill out the Food Pantry Proxy Form so they can pick up your food once you are registered. When your proxy brings back both the food pantry paperwork and the completed Food Pantry Proxy Form, they can receive the food for you.

If you are homebound and do not have anyone to serve as a proxy for you, the Food Bank of Delaware offers delivery of a box of food through Amazon. You can sign up with them at

Health and Safety

Smoking is never permitted on our premises.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement:
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information, (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027) found online at:  and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)    mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture        
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)    fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)    email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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