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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:

Food Bank of Central New York - Need help applying for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)? Contact Molly Johnson, SNAP Outreach Coordinator, at 315-437-1899 ext. 279 or mjohnson@foodbankcny.org

Meals on Wheels - Delivers high quality and balanced meals to people who are largely shut into their homes and at risk of hunger five days a week, including holidays. For more information or to register, call Monique at 315-785-3191. 

Salvation Army Soup Kitchen - Open Monday-Sunday from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM. Supper Club meets on T and Th afternoons, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM. Children (ages 5-12) are given a safe environment where they can play, receive a Bible lesson, learn life building skills and eat supper.

Community Action Planning Council of Jefferson County Food PantryFood Pantry hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Please call 315-782-4900, ext. 221 for an appointment. For more information about the CAPC Food Pantry, contact Mary Jane Mathewson at 315-782-4900, ext. 222. 

Watertown Urban Mission Food Pantry - Food Pantry hours are Monday-Friday from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM. They offer curbside and call-ahead pickups. Call 315-782-8440 ext. 222. 

Feed Our Vets - The Veterans Food Pantry is held at the Bruce Wright Memorial Conference Center on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Please bring a valid ID. For more information, contact Carlos Da Silva at 315-767-8970 or carlos@feedourvets.org

Jefferson Community College - Located in the Deans Collaborative Learning Center, Building 15. Hours are M-Th 8-5 and Friday 8-4 or other times by appointment. Contact foodpantry@sunyjefferson.edu

Adams - Rohde Center - Open Monday, Thursday, and Friday, 9:30 AM to 12:45 PM and Tuesday from 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM and 3:00 PM - 6:45 PM. Call 315-232-2621 for additional information. You can order Food$en$e at www.adamsfoodsense.com. To participate in the Fresh Foods program, individuals must meet eligibility guidelines. Fresh Foods is a collaborative food program of the Rohde Center, the Food Bank of Central New York, participating grocery stores, and local farmers that salvages food that would otherwise be discarded and offers food insecure individuals the opportunity to receive fresh, nutritious food in their neighborhood. Fresh Foods distributions generally occur once a month on the 4th Friday of the month. Visit  https://rohdecenter.org/for dates and times. 

Alexandria Community Thrift Store & Food Pantry - The food pantry serves the Town of Alexandria and is open Thursdays, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. For more information call 315-486-9322. 

Antwerp Food Pantry - Open every Monday from 5:00 - 7:00 PM. Call 315-489-3081or 315-783-7527. 

Cape Vincent Food Pantry - The Cape Vincent Food Pantry is currently open by appointment only. Please call 315-654-2438 on Monday and Wednesday from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. 

V.E.M Food Pantry of Carthage - Open Monday from 9 AM to 12 PM and Friday from 12 PM - 4 PM. Call 315-493-1341. 

Chaumont First Presbyterian Church - 315-649-2424, phone appt. only, usually Thursday AM.

Clayton - Council of Churches, St. Mary's Catholic Church - 315-686-4809, Monday & Wednesday 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM, Tuesday 6:00 - 8:00 PM.

Dexter - Dexter United Methodist Church - 315-788-5238, 2nd Wednesday 2:00 PM -3:00 PM, 3rd & 4th Wednesday 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM.

Evans Mills - St. Mary's Catholic Church - 315-629-4458, Saturday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, no appt. necessary.

LaFargeville - Gwen's Food Pantry, Orleans Outreach Building - 315-658-4796, Saturday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM or by appt.

Philadelphia - Indian River Baptist Church - 315-642-6115, Wednesday 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Saturday 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, or by appointment. 

Sackets Harbor - St. Andrew's Catholic Church - 315-646-2169, Thursday 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 3rd Monday 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM.

Theresa - Grace Community Church - 680-222-6183 by appt only. 

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.

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Last updated September 20, 2022