532 Ave M NW Winter Haven, FL 33881

Catholic Charities of Central Florida

Needed for our Pantry!   Please check that all items are not out of date. We thank you.

          Grocery bag with food


Catholic Charities of Polk County

Summer means school is out and needy families experience an increase to their food resources. Help us help them!


Winter Pantry Wishlist

Oatmeal, soup, beans (canned) toiletries (soap, shampoo, deodorant)

any donations gratefully appreciated!


Canned Food Items,

including: Veggies (green beans, corn, etc.)

Fruit (peaches, pears, etc.)

Meat (tuna, chicken, etc.)

Dried Pasta, spaghetti, elbow macaroni, etc.

Soups (beef stew, chicken noodle, etc.)

Ethnic Foods (beans & rice, etc.)

Dry Cereal

Shelf  Stable Milk

Peanut Butter

  • Agape Mission Markets feed children and families in key geographic areas of need in Polk County

  • The Family Stability Program serves the working poor who experience a crisis and are seeking financial assistance to remain in their homes 

  • Lakeland Activity Center for Seniors provides a safe place for at-risk seniors in our community to participate in activities, get a hot lunch and socialize with others.


Polk County has the 3rd weakest hiring outlook in nation.

Financial skills taught by CCCF are more important than ever!

They depend on the influence of Christ in YOU!    Resolve to Help our Neighbors in Need.

 Catholic Charities of Central Florida offers five simple ways to lend a hand up:

  1. Volunteer in one of our food pantries, with a newly arrived refugee family, with the homeless at Pathways to Care, or with any one of Catholic Charities' many programs. Don't forget to log your hours to count towards the 50,000 Hours of Service Challenge. Contact our volunteer coordinator to learn more: anita.capetillo@cflcc.org.
  1. Host a Food Drive to help keep our pantries full and feed hungry families in Central Florida. Contact your local Catholic Charities office for the most needed items. 
  1. Donate to Catholic Charities by adopting a program to support.
  1. Attend one of our upcoming fundraiser events:
  2. Pray for the people we serve, Catholic Charities staff, and volunteers. Visit Acts of Prayer for prayer resources. 

 Telephone is (863) 299 - 7983

  Hours are subject to change due to Diocesan meetings.  You must call ahead for an appointment as various requirements must be met for assistance. 

For Lakeland area residents, the other West Region Office is at 210 West Lemon Street, Lakeland, FL 33815. They offer Senior programs, Behavioral Health programs, Family Stability programs, as well as a Food Pantry that is open every Tuesday from 9:00-11:00a.

Telephone: (863) 686-7153.  Fax: (863) 683 - 5515.  

Catholic Charities food bank

The Catholic Charities food bank at St. Joseph, Winter Haven is located at 532 Avenue M Northwest Winter Haven, FL 33881.  Hours of Operation are 9:00 am to 11:00 am Monday through Friday. 

Catholic Charities of Central Florida began in Orlando in 1962 and today serves more than 10 counties in the state.  Locations throughout Florida collaborate on local as well as statewide levels to provide a more capable and connected agency to meet the needs of families and individuals.  Polk County, of which St. Joseph is a part, is one of the largest counties in Florida.  Due to its central state location between Tampa and Orlando and proximity  to Interstate 4 and Highway 27, it has seen an increase in permanent and transient populations in recent years.

Will you help us help them?  For more information, see the link below: