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Elmira free food banks and pantries.

Free food is available to people facing a crisis. Struggling families in Chemung County New York can receive not only a box of groceries, but volunteers at many of the non-profits will direct them to other services. There is also additional attention given to senior citizens in the form of Meals on Wheels, and anyone from the community can stop by a location.

Most of the food banks in the region partner with local organizations. This is done in an effort to better serve the needy. When donations allow, a charity may have fruit, produce, baby formula, and more. Assistance is based on household size, and hundreds of people are supported each year. During the fall and winter months in Elmira, special seasonal programs such as free Christmas or Thanksgiving meals may be served as well.

First Presbyterian Church
Address: 2943 Westinghouse Road
Horseheads, New York 14845
The church is the main pantry for the city of Horseheads. Call 607-739-3854.

Oakwood United Methodist Church
212 Oakwood Avenue
Elmira, NY 14903
Free groceries is given to the low income and families in poverty. There are also USDA commodity foods available as well.

Food Bank of the Southern Tier (FBST)
Address: 388 Upper Oakwood Avenue
Elmira, NY 14903
Main phone – 607-796-6061
Everything from fresh produce, diary, and more is given. Volunteers will deliver goods to senior citizens and the disabled in Chemung County too. There are also meal services, including holiday help, at pre-designated sites.




Chemung County Humane Society and SPCA
2435 State Route 352
Elmira, NY 14903
Main: 607-732-1827
This non-profit may have free dog and cat food, pet treats and toys. Donations are always accepted from the community.

Lowman United Methodist Church
Address: 1878 County Route 60
Lowman, New York 14861
For information, dial 607-734-1952
Resources range from prepackaged food to fruits, milk, and even fresh produce.

North Chemung Food Pantry
677 Breesport N Chemung Road
Lowman, NY 14861

The Salvation Army food banks
414 Lake Street
Elmira, NY 14901
Up to 3 days of free food is offered, with an application required monthly. There may also be financial aid for heating bills, free snacks for children, Christmas gifts, and holiday meals too.

Elmira Roman Catholic Parishes Office - Blessed Sacrament Food Pantry
The food bank is at Address is 161 High Street
Elmira, NY 14901
Main: 607-733-3484

New Beginnings United Methodist Church
Address is 330 W Church Street
Elmira, NY 14901
Telephone number is 607-734-2293
Th pantry in Chemung County may have produce, baked goods and canned goods, personal supplies and more. The charity also accepts prepackaged food donations.





New Life Assembly of God - Elmira Food Pantry
325 Lake Street
Elmira, New York 14901

North Presbyterian Church
921 College Avenue
Elmira, New York 14901

Grace Lee Wesleyan
Address is 2075 Chambers Road
Beaver Dams, New York 14812
Call 607-962-3225
Free fruits, fresh food, milk, and more is offered by the church. There may also be clothing, formula for single parents with children, and other support.

Elmira Free Community Kitchen
161 High Street
Blessed Sacrament Parish Center
Elmira, NY 14904
Hot meals, including at Thanksgiving and Christmas, are served.

Chemung County Emergency Services Center
380 S Main Street
Elmira, NY 14904
Services range from baby formula, bread, and produce to individuals in the community. The social workers also provide applications to SNAP food stamps.

In His Presence
Main address - 1155 Richard Street
Elmira, NY 14904

Riverside Food Pantry
559 Spaulding Street
Elmira, NY 14904
The non-profit also has a thrift store, food pantry, and school supplies.




Pennsylvania Avenue UMC Food Cupboard - Pine City Food Pantry
1238 Pennsylvania Avenue
Pine City, NY 14871
Emergency food boxes as well as bags of groceries may be available on an as needed basis.

There are several other charities that offer food or information on public aid, such as food stamps. Call 607.796.6061 for information. As noted, a delivery service is also offered by some of these southern tier centers.


By Jon McNamara


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