Lutheran Community Services, Wilmington, Delaware

Food Assistance

Food Pantries | Fresh Produce
Monthly Distributions | Nutrition Education

Each year, LCS provides food for 80,000 people. The food we provide each year is enough for almost half a million meals. People take the food we provide and prepare meals in their homes. We encourage this because we believe that families that eat together, stay together.

LCS has 12 locations for food distribution in New Castle County and Wilmington, and one in Sussex County. Pre-registration or referral are needed for many of the programs. For details, please contact us.

  • Stationary food pantries are located at St. Stephen's, Hope and Zion Lutheran Churches.
  • Client choice pantry is located at LCS Headquarters. Please click here to read our policies regarding this pantry.
  • Monthly Meal Box Distributions bring food to Shiloh Baptist Church in Wilmington and Hope Lutheran in New Castle.
  • Fresh Produce is available at St. Stephens in Wilmington.
  • Monthly food distributions at 8 different locations. Programs serve between 25 and 60 families, depending on location.

In addition to food, we partner with trained nutritionists to provide multilingual nutritional flyers and seminars that we believe will help people improve their lives.

Again, for details, please contact us.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement:

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regualtions 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 pring, 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.

Food Drives

Food Drives are a significant source of the food we distribute to low income families. Click here to learn more about how you can start a food drive.

Food For Thought Tours

We invite you to tour Lutheran Community Services.

Prayers Offered

We offer printouts of prayers at each distribution for clients to take as desired. Here are two of our prayers:

Lord god, you know all about my life. My struggles. My hopes and dreams, and of those days when my dreams seem distant and unreachable. May your love so touch and move me that I find hope in each day. May your love be so real that I am empowered to be that messenger of care and blessing to others that I meet on his day. Amen.

Pastor Fred Melton
St. Mark's Lutheran Church [April, 2014]

God of many names, Spirit of Life who sustains us,

Help me to find wormth when the cold is especially bitter,

Grant me peace when my inner turmoil is churning,

Guide me to hope when despair seems close at hand.

May I receive your grace as in turn I pass it on to others.

May I be made ever more whole. Amen.

Rev. Michelle Collins
First Unitarian Church of Wilmington [Feb. 2014]