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Food Assistance Programs

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. 

Local Programs:

Community Action Planning Council of Jefferson County Food PantryFor more information about the CAPC Food Pantry, contact Mary Jane Mathewson at 315-782-4900, ext. 222. Beginning 10/5/2020, Family Center customers can come in the building by appointment only. Due to COVID-19, this is an effort to make sure everyone is safe and socially distanced. To schedule an appointment call 315-782-4900, ext. 221. 

Watertown Urban Mission Food Pantry - Pick-Up Food Pantry hours are Monday-Friday from 9:30 AM to 4 PM. Call ahead 315-782-8440. 

Feed Our Vets - The Veterans Food Pantry is held at the Bruce Wright Memorial Conference Center on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 9 AM - 11 AM. Please bring a valid ID. For more information, contact Carlos Da Silva at 315-767-8970. 

Rohde Center - The Rhode Center is open Monday, Thursday and Friday 9:30 AM to 12:45 PM and Tuesday from 11 AM to 2:30 PM and 3 PM to 6:45 PM. Call 315-232-2621 for additional information. You can order Food$en$e at www.adamsfoodsense.com

Alexandria Community Thrift Store & Food Pantry - The food pantry serves the Town of Alexandria and is open Thursdays, 10 AM - 2 PM. For more information call 315-486-9322. 

Cape Vincent Food Pantry - The Cape Vincent Food Pantry is currently open by appointment only. Please call 315-654-2438 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 AM to 2 PM. 

V.E.M Food Pantry of Carthage - Open Monday from 9 AM to 12 PM and Friday from 12 PM - 4 PM. 

Salvation Army Soup Kitchen - Open Monday - Friday from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM. 

Meals on Wheels - Meals on Wheels delivers quality and balanced meals to people who are largely shut in to their homes and at risk of hunger five days a week, including holidays. For more information, please call 315-782-8440. 

Additional Food Pantries:

Antwerp - Antwerp Food Pantry - 315-783-7527

Belleville Fire Hall - 315-782-8440

Calcium Community Church - 315-788-3823

Chaumont - First Presbyterian Church - 315-649-2424

Clayton - Council of Churches, St. Mary's Catholic Church - 315-686-4809

Dexter - Dexter United Methodist Church - 315-639-6952

Evans Mills - St. Mary's Catholic Church - 315-629-4458

Henderson - Colleen's Cherry Tree Inn - 315-782-8440 

LaFargeville - Orleans Outreach Building - 315-658-4796

Philadelphia - Indian River Baptist Church - 315-642-5026

Redwood - St. Paul's Fellowship Hall - 315-482-2931

Sackets Harbor - St. Andrew's Catholic Church - 315-646-2169

Theresa - Grace Community Church - 315-628-1902

Watertown - Faith Fellowship - 315-782-4421

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 web site 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. 

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 SNAP-Ed Program helps individuals and families who have limited resources to gain the knowledge and skills to make healthier food and activity choices.

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'll 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. For your, and your family’s safety, WIC will continue to provide ALL WIC services OVER-THE-PHONE until further notice. If you have questions, please call (315) 782-9222.


Amanda Root
Director of Operations/ Nutrition, Parenting, Taste NY & Fort Drum Issue Leader
315-788-8450 ext. 273

Last updated August 11, 2021