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Free food pantries in Cayuga County and Auburn.

Clients of the food pantries in Cayuga County include the working poor, senior citizens, unemployed, and families in a financial hardship. The type of assistance will be tailored to meet the applicant's need. This means a free box of groceries can be given or holiday meals served at Christmas or Thanksgiving. Or if the request is for basic needs, such as clothes for work or a small Christmas toy, the Auburn charities that operate these free food pantries will try to offer that as well.

The goal is to never turn a needy person away. However the hours of each food bank is very limited as well as the resources, as they often rely on donations from Feeding America, the USDA, and other groups such as churches. But a number of hunger prevention services may be provided by these Cayuga County pantries.

They also help very low income families apply for public aid. The main benefits include SNAP food stamps as well as WIC vouchers. But other, more targeted programs such as Meals on Wheels may be offered too.

Cayuga Community Action Agency
Address is 89 York Street
Auburn, New York, 13021
Dial - 315-255-1703
There are many food and other programs available. They include a Personal Care pantry, Breastfeeding support group, housing and homeless prevention services. There is also an emergency free food pantry, applications to SNAP, and free bay items and car seats.

Calvary of CNY, Inc.
Main address is 90 Franklin Street
Auburn, NY, 13021
Telephone number: 315-252-7772





King Ferry Food Pantry
2384 State Route 34B
Aurora, NY 13026
(315) 497-2049

St. Alphonsus
85 E Genesee Street
Auburn, NY, 13021
The church has a food pantry. Canned groceries, fresh fruit, vegetables, baby formula, and other items are provided in Cayuga County.

Fairhaven Community Food Cupboard
14463 Richmond Avenue
Fair Haven New York, 13064





Salvation Army Cayuga County
Food bank and family center is at 18 E Genesee Street
Auburn, NY, 13021
Call 315-253-0319
The non-profit provides food for three days. Other resources include a soup kitchen, Christmas meals and toys from Adopt a Family, clothing for work or school supplies, and financial aid.

First Love Ministries
151 Wall Street
Auburn NY, 13021
The hours of this charity includes Monday, Friday 1:00 - 2:30 pm.

First Baptist Church
2707 Liberty Street
Weedsport, NY, 13166
There is up to a 5 day supply of groceries and food given once a month.

Catholic Charities and Churches
A regional faith based group. They help feed and clothe the poor and struggling, give hot meals, basic needs, and other support. More information on Salvation Army assistance programs Cayuga County.

First United Methodist Church - Port Byron Community Food Pantry
Main address is 8510 South Street
Port Byron, NY, 13140
Primary phone: 315-776-5156

Cato Christian Food Pantry
Location is 2570 E Main Street
Cato, New York, 13033
A number of assistance programs are available in an emergency. There is also a free soup kitchen for the poor and homeless in Cayuga County. not only may a free box of food be passed out, but also meals at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.




United Church of Genoa
10070 Route 90,
Genoa, NY, 13071 (Map)
They operate an emergency food pantry. It helps feed everyone from single parents to the disabled and elderly. Food, Ensure for seniors, soup, pasta, and other goods are given out.

Brutus-Sennet Food Pantry
2707 Liberty Street
Weedsport New York, 13166
Phone: (315) 834-674
Applicants need to meet USDA food stamp and other government guidelines. Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas food boxes are offered.

Community Soup Kitchen
99 Wall Street
Auburn New York, 13021
(315) 252-7772
Lunches, Meals on Wheels, breakfast, and other food is offered.

Throopsville Community Reach Out Pantry
Address - 2026 Turnpike Road
Auburn NY, 13021
For hours, call 253-4753
What may be provided to clients includes a free bag of groceries, canned food, soup, ingredients, even hygiene supplies like soap, detergent, and similar items.

Moravia Hope Pantry
66 Aurora Street
Moravia NY, 13118
Volunteers may help Cayuga County families use this client choice food bank.





Western Cayuga County Pantry
163 Cayuga Street
Union Springs NY, 13160
(315) 889-7302
Everything from cleaning supplies to free bags of groceries, dairy, and infant formula is given out.

For information on other food assistance programs in Cayuga County, dial 315.437.1899. Whether it is applications to meals for students or referrals to food banks or the WIC program, information is available.


By Jon McNamara

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