For a comprehensive listing of food assistance and other critical services across Northern Central New York, this is a great resource, and is directly accessible to families and individuals in need.
Senior Food & Friendship Centers
Eight “Food and Friendship Centers” provide well-balanced, low-cost noon meals and home-delivered meals to county residents 60 years and older. To find the contact information for each meal site, location and serving times, and other services including home delivered meals, click here or contact the Office for the Aging at 315-386-4730.
Food Sense is a monthly co-op run by the Food Bank of Central New York meant to help participants get the most out of their grocery budget. Each month, Food Sense distributes discounted boxes with 12-15 staple grocery items to host sites. There are no qualifications or requirements. For pick up locations and more information about the program, click here.
Food Pantries Outside of the County
To find a food pantry in Lewis, Jefferson, Oswego, Oneida, or Herkimer counties, contact:
The Food Bank of Central New York
7066 Interstate Island Road
Syracuse NY 13209
800-444-1562 (in CNY only)
To find a food pantry in Franklin, Hamilton, Essex, Clinton, Warren, Washington, Fulton, or Saratoga counties, contact:
The Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York
965 Albany-Shaker Road
Latham NY 12110
Food Pantry Donations
Many food pantries gladly accept donations of fresh fruits and vegetables from home gardeners and market growers. Simply call the pantry ahead of time to ask if they are able to accept fresh produce (some may have limited cold storage options) and then arrange a time to deliver the produce during their hours of operation. All donations must be fresh and undamaged. Best rule of thumb is to donate only what you yourself would enjoy eating.