A food pantry staff member helps a client with his selections.
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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. Food Pantry hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 10 AM – 2 PM.

Watertown Urban Mission Food Pantry - Your Mission’s Food Pantry hours are from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM and 1 PM to 3 PM, Monday through Friday. The Food Pantry is closed in the afternoon every fourth Thursday from 1 PM to 3 PM to support the Food Sense order distribution.

Feed Our Vets - The Feed Our Vets mobile pantry holds a distribution in Watertown on the 3rd Saturday of each month, 9 AM to 12 PM. 

Rohde Center - This program provides food to be prepared at home without discrimination to eligible clients. Each month they provide five days of emergency food for every member of the household over the age of two. 

Alexandria Community Thrift Store & Food Pantry - The food pantry serves the Town of Alexandria and is open Wednesday-Saturday, 10 AM - 2 PM. 

Cape Vincent Food Pantry - Find information and updates on the Cape Vincent Food Pantry by visiting their Facebook page. 

V.E.M Food Pantry of Carthage - The V.E.M Food Pantry of Carthage is open Monday-Friday at various times, and some Saturdays. Visit their website for more information. 

Additional Food Pantries:

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

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

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 at: http://snap.nal.usda.gov/resource-library/eat-right-when-moneys-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'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. Find out if you are eligible for WIC, see a schedule of monthly WIC clinics in locations around Jefferson County, and other WIC resources on this website. 

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.


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

Last updated March 23, 2020