Find resources for local food pantries, free or reduced school meals, home delivered meals, SNAP, and SNAP-Ed.
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Visit our Local Program links for daily pantries & meal sites in Oswego County.

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Use your SNAP benefits EBT card to pay at grocery stores and farmers' markets.

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Our educators visit schools & other sites to teach children about eating & being healthy!

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Your EBT/Food Stamp/SNAP card is welcome at a farmers' market near you!

Food Assistance Resources

Making ends meet during difficult times can be easier with help from the right programs and other community resources. Cornell Cooperative Extension works with many local food assistance programs to help families, individuals, and seniors find and access food resources that best meet their needs.

Our educational program series and lessons help families and households to stretch their food dollars to make healthier choices and eat better for less! Our Eat Smart New York! Program helps individuals and families who have limited resources to gain the knowledge and skills to make healthier food and activity choices. Contact our office to determine if you are eligible.

Local Programs:

The following information is from the Food Bank of Central NY. Please click through to find additional food resources near you.

In these uncertain times, please be sure to call ahead to verify that hours of operation have not been changed.

  1. Amboy Center UMC Pantry, 1 State Route 183, Williamstown, NY 13493
    • Phone: 315-820-4238
    • Hours: Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  2. Dexterville Adventist Community Services Food Pantry, 9 Rathburn Road, Fulton, NY 13069
    • Phone: 315-593-1607
    • Hours: Mon 6pm-9pm (If a Holiday, moved to Tuesday) and by appointment for emergencies
  3. Hannibal Resource Center Food Pantry, 923 Cayuga Street, Hannibal, NY 13074
    • Phone: 315-564-9995
    • Hours: By appointment only
  4. Human Concerns Center Food Pantry, 85 East 4th Street, Oswego, NY 13126
    • Phone: 315-342-7301
    • Hours: Monday-Friday, 12 p.m.-3 p.m.
  5. Mexico Food Pantry, 3352 Main Street, Mexico, NY 13114
    • Phone: 315-963-2235
    • Hours: CLOSED 5/16-5/25; Wednesday 5 p.m.-7 p.m.; Thursday 3 p.m.-5 p.m.; Friday 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
  6. North Country Christian Church Soup Kitchen, 49 Salisbury Street, Lacona, NY 13083
    • Hours: Currently CLOSED, Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
  7. North Shore Food Pantry (UMC), 2 Clay Street, Cleveland, NY 13042
    • Phone: 315-247-1822
    • Hours: By appointment only
  8. Parish Ecumenical Food Pantry, 814 Rider Street, Parish, NY 13131
    • Phone: 315-625-4304
    • Hours: Tuesdays 2 p.m.-5 p.m.
  9. Pine Meadows Wesleyan Church, 386 Pine Meadow Rd., Altmar NY 13302
    • Phone: 315-298-5348
    • Hours: 3rd Saturday of the month, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
  10. Phoenix Area Food Pantry, 43 Bridge Street, Phoenix, NY 13135
    • Phone: 315-695-4841
    • Hours: Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-Noon
  11. Pulaski Community Food Cupboard, 12 Bridge Street, Pulaski, NY 13142
    • Phone: 315-298-4357
    • Hours: Monday 2 p.m.-5 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Noon
  12. Redfield Community Food Pantry, 8 Schoolhouse Road, Redfield, NY 13437
    • Phone: 1-585-330-8434
    • Hours: 1st & 3rd Tuesday, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. and 2nd & 4th Tuesday, 12 p.m.-2 p.m.
  13. Salvation Army of Fulton, 62 South First Street, Fulton, NY 13069
    • Phone: 315-593-8442
    • Hours: Food Pantry - Tuesday & Thursday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • Hours: Soup Kitchen - Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m
  14. Salvation Army of Oswego, 73 West 2nd Street, Oswego, NY 13126
    • Phone: 315-343-6491
    • Hours: Food Pantry - Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2:45 p.m.
    • Hours: Soup Kitchen - Monday-Saturday 11:30 a.m.-12:30 a.m.
  15. Sandy Creek Food Pantry, 6046 South Main Street, Sandy Creek, NY 13145
    • Phone: 315-387-5323
    • Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-1 p.m., also by appointment

State & National Programs:

MyBenefits.Gov - New York State residents can visit this web site to find out if you are eligible for help through SNAP (formerly Food Stamps), Nutrition Education, Temporary Assistance, HEAP, WIC, School Meals and Summer Meal Programs.

SNAP (formerly Food Stamp) benefits help low-income working people, seniors, the disabled and others feed their families. The USDA’s SNAP-Ed connection website provides great tips and resources. Choose from: Healthy Eating on a Budget, 10 Steps to Help fill your grocery bag, Ways to Manage Your Food Dollars and MORE at: Eat Right When Money's Tight

The SNAP-to-Market website helps you find NY Farmers' Markets where you can use your SNAP benefits (formerly Food Stamps) and explains how to make Farmers' Market purchases with them. You will also find information on when fruits and vegetables are in-season at your market, and recipes to use with produce you buy.

WIC - the Women, Infants & Children’s Supplemental Food Program provides nutritious foods, nutrition education, and referrals to community services for low-income pregnant and post-partum women and their children under five years of age. Breastfeeding support is available. Find out if you are eligible for WIC, see a schedule of monthly WIC clinics in locations around Tompkins County, and other WIC resources at this website.

Last updated July 16, 2020