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Free food banks, groceries and meals Rochester and Monroe County NY.

Find information on Rochester New York and Monroe County free food assistance programs, including home delivery. The region is served by several free food banks, soup kitchens as well as pantries near you, listed below. A number of non-profit distribution centers, churches, and other charity organizations are available to provide food and free grocery assistance today to the low income. There are soup kitchens with meals, pantries near you with free food, groceries, or personal toiletries and Thanksgiving or Christmas meals. A referral number is also on the bottom of this page.

Some of the services offered by the food pantries below can include free or low cost groceries, fresh perishable items, baby formula, and emergency boxes of household items or personal hygiene supplies. The specific resources often vary based on donation levels. Call a center near you for specifics, or if a food bank if not near you, they may be able to refer you to a center that is closer to you or your family. The Monroe County locations are focused on helping as many low income, unemployed, and people facing a hardship in the community as possible. Even find more details on how to get free formula.

Other services generally available in the Rochester area include applications for food stamps, summer lunches for children out of school, Meals on Wheels for the homebound, and holiday meals. Many also have hygiene supplies. Other food assistance and resources may be offered for senior citizens and residents with a disability. Be sure to inquire on all programs available.

Bethany House
1111 Joseph Avenue, Rochester New York 14621. Call 585-454-4197
They focus on helping women as well as their children. There may be free baby or infant formula, diapers, wipes, and hygiene supplies. Single mothers in Monroe County can also apply for food assistance, including from a pantry, WIC, or SNAP food stamps.

Brighton Food Cupboard
Address is 255 East Avenue, Rochester NY 14604. Phone - 585-736-4526
Not only may food be available, but other basic needs such as clothing or cook ware. Clients tend to be struggling and faced with a sudden loss of income, but anyone can call for help. There is also free pet food.




Beyond the Sanctuary
Location is 549 Clarissa Street, Rochester NY 14608. The phone numbers are 585-512-8911 or try 585-546-5997.
Get free food, job programs and other services. They also hold  bi-monthly Healthy Cooking demonstrations, work with low-income families on shopping for healthy food and more.

Cal-Mum Council of Churches and the Second Baptist Church
957 George Street, Mumford NY 14511. Telephone - 585-538-6181
Get meat and poultry products as well as free, shelf stable groceries. There may be bread, dairy products, milk, dairy, fresh fruit, vegetables, canned meat and low sodium foods. Up to 10 days of food may be offered.

Baden Street Settlement - Emergency and Family Assistance Department
Location is 13 Vienna Street, Rochester New York 14605. Main number is 585-325-4910.
They do offer free meal delivery (Meals on Wheels) to the homebound, due to illness, disability, age, etc. There is also help with applying for Social Security Income (SSI), housing, rent and more. All this is combined with groceries from the pantry.

Salvation Army of Rochester Area Services
Location - 70 Liberty Pole Way, Rochester, New York 14604. Dial the charity organization at (585) 987-9500
Monroe County families can apply for free or low cost food and groceries. Also on site are shelters, thrift store, and limited amounts of emergency financial assistance. Case workers will also help people apply for food stamps, low income housing, and other public aid. Find more details on Salvation Army Monroe County assistance programs.

Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church
The food bank is at 4301 Mount Read Boulevard, Rochester NY 14616. Main number is 585-865-1866.

Charles Settlement House
Main address: 71 Parkway, Rochester NY 14608. For hours or intake, dial 585-445-3918 or 585-277-0810.
There are free personal care products as well as canned food. There are children clothes, formula, and other baby products. Also get items such as toiletries, laundry detergent, soap, toilet paper, and even access to a shelter.





Dimitri House, Inc.
Location is 102 North Union Street, Rochester New York 14607. Phone: 585-325-1796
A client choice emergency food pantry. Clients can only use it at most one time per month.

Third Presbyterian Church
There is a pantry and soup kitchen at 4 Meigs Street, Rochester NY 14607. Call 585-271-6513
Up to 2 bags of free groceries. There may be bread, pasta, sauce, canned meat or vegetables, Canned tuna or salmon, cereal, milk and more.

Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church
250 Dr Samuel McCree Way, Rochester New York 14611. Dial 585-328-4660

Location of the charity is 1999 Mount Read Boulevard, Rochester NY 14615. Phone - 800-724-9632
They partners with schools, churches, and government agencies in Monroe County. Free bags of groceries are given as well as surplus USDA commodities like cheese, dairy and more. They also have pre-packaged breakfast, lunch and dinner meals as well as free cooking and healthy eating classes. They also have seasonal, free holiday food baskets at Christmas or Thanksgiving.

Family Restoration Project, Inc.
Food bank is at 360 Wellington Avenue, Rochester NY 14619. Main number - 585-328-9270

New Life Food Cupboard
Address 1161 Monroe Avenue, Rochester NY 14620. Phone: 585-271-5078
Up to 3 days of non-perishable food is offered. Canned meat, fruits, or vegetables. Or get personal hygiene items like shampoo, soap, deodorant and other items.

Catholic Family Center runs the Community Resource Services Program
Address - 30 Hart Street, Rochester, New York 14605. Telephone - (585) 546-7220
The Monroe County Catholic service administers several social service programs. They provide meals to the homeless and low income, food, clothing, and general counseling and case management. Numerous churches partner with Catholic Charities. Many have emergency food pantries as well as hot meals. More about Catholic Charities Rochester food assistance.

Maplewood/Edgerton Emergency Kupboard at Church of the Ascension
2 Riverside Street and Lake Avenue, Rochester NY 14613. Call 585-458-4682

New Light United Methodist Church
Food pantry address - 2009 Dewey Avenue, Rochester NY 14615. For information, dial 585-760-4392
Clients, whether low income, elderly, or disabled, can only use the charity food pantry and clothing closet at most 2 times per month.

Pittsford Food Cupboard
An emergency, free food pantry is at 3800 Monroe Avenue, Number 26, Pittsford NY 14534. Call 585-264-9860

Combined Communities Food Closet Project FISH
Location is 153 East Street, Honeoye Falls, NY 14472. Main number - (585) 453-2370
Offers new or gently used clothing, free food, groceries, referrals to Monroe County NY charities, and other resources.

First Hispanic Seventh-Day Adventist Church
Address: 47 Oakman Street, Rochester NY 14605. Call 585-752-5766 or 585-454-2447
Get items such as dried beans and fruit; salsa or tortillas; spaghetti and sauce; fruits and more. All applications are in Spanish and immigrants can get help too.

Church of Love Faith Center
700 Exchange Street, Rochester New York 14608. Main number is 585-454-3270
A year round pantry as well as free Christmas meals, Thanksgiving turkey dinner, small gifts and more. A soup kitchen is also on site as well as other social services for the less fortunate.

First Presbyterian Church of Chili
3600 Chili Avenue, Rochester NY 14624. Telephone - 585-889-9896
The charity has food pantry.  Based on donations, there are also Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Baskets, with both food or ingredients as well as small toys, as part of normal pantry distribution.

Grace Church of the Nazarene
Location is 2924 South Union Street, Rochester New York 14624. Phone - 585-594-4555





Greece Ecumenical Food Shelf and Clothing Closet, Inc.
Main address: 500 Maiden Lane, Rochester NY 14616. Phone 585-683-9674 or 585-397-2192.
Both frozen and fresh food is offered from the Monroe County pantry. There is also Meals on Wheels. Or get fresh fruit, pet food (dogs or cats) and more. There is also Cooking oils, bread, paper products like toilet paper and other goods.

Loop Ministries, Inc.
Location is 597 East Avenue, Rochester NY 14607. Dial 585-738-2170

Mission Share Outreach Center
Main location is 10 Cedarfield Commons, Rochester NY 14612. Call 585-368-0744

The People's Pantry
555 Avenue D, Rochester NY 14621. Telephone: 585-325-4950
A wide variety of assistance programs are offered for battling hunger. Clients range from single parents to the homeless, veterans, unemployed and others. There is emergency food, pet supplies, and infant formula. Or get vegetables (fresh or canned), toiletries, laundry detergent, Congregate Meals, Back Pack, Senior Brown Bags, and other goods.

Volunteers of America of Western New York and Monroe County
Address - 175 Ward Street, Rochester NY 14605. Phone 585-402-7404 or 585-402-7405
Whether homeless, or in poverty, get free groceries or hot meals, including breakfast or dinner. There are also dry and canned goods, paper products, and personal toiletries, holiday meals and other aid.

TFH Life Center Food Pantry
Main charity address: 28 Lawn Street, Rochester NY 14607. Phone: 585-889-4870

Webster HOPE Ministry
The ministry and its services are based at 1450 Ridge Road, Webster NY 14580. Main number is 585-265-6696.
There are free hygiene supplies, household cleaning, food, and other resources. They also give summer meals to students, applications to SNAP food stamps, and staples like starches (cereal, bread, pasta, rice, and/or potatoes).

Mother of Sorrows Church
Location: 5000 Mount Read Boulevard, Rochester New York 14612. Main number is 585-663-5432.

Barakah Muslim Charity
Main address - 584 Jefferson Avenue, Rochester New York 14611. Phone 585-325-2621
They help people, regardless of religion. There is also Spanish, Arabic, Somali applications for food and assistance programs.

Cameron Community Ministries Food Pantry
Address of food pantry is 48 Cameron Street
Rochester, New York 14606
Dial (585) 254-2697 for hours of food distribution, or more information on services and resources offered.

Central Church of Christ
Church address - 101 South Plymouth Avenue
Rochester, NY 14608
(585) 325-6043
Hot meals are offered. Volunteers will also try to provide seniors a home delivery service.

Grace Community Church Ministries
1101 Norton Street
Rochester, New York 14621
(585) 467-3093

The Community Place of Greater Rochester, Inc.
Many social services and assistance programs are offered. Everything from housing to food assistance, hot meals, and shelter. There are also feminine products, free personal hygiene or cleaning supplies, and clothes/blankets.

  • 57 Central Park, Rochester, NY 14605, (585)327-7200
  • 145 Parsells Avenue, Rochester, NY 14609, (585)288-0021
  • 500 Carter Street, Rochester, NY 14621, (585)336-4697







Hilton Parma Emergency Food Shelf
Location is 59 Henry Street, Room 11B, Hilton Community Center
Hilton, NY 14468
(585) 234-2090
If you or your family is in a crisis, call this non-profit for emergency food boxes.

Ibero-American Action League Emergency Service Family Center
Primary address is 777 Clifford Avenue
Rochester, NY 14621
Main number - (585) 454-1430
Assistance programs are run for local needy families. Learn about government assistance programs; find information on food aid, and also details on housing and rental programs.

Rochester Family Mission
388 Tremont St
Rochester, NY 14608
Phone: (585) 436-7523
Up to 4 days supply of perishable or non-perishable food is offered. There is also a soup kitchen as well as a free mobile food pantry. Meats, coffee, sandwiches, milk, cereal, and many other food and meal items are offered in Monroe County. Wegmans, BJs, and other stores donate.

Irondequoit Community Cupboard
4275 Culver Road
Rochester, NY 14622
Phone number - (585) 336-9107

Memorial AME Zion Church Andrew Gibson Memorial Food Pantry
Location of pantry - 549 Clarissa Street
Rochester, New York 14608
Phone: (585) 546-5997
Low cost or free food may be offered to needy family and individuals in the community.

Native American Cultural Center, Advocacy for Native American Community
Address is 121 North Fitzhugh Street
Rochester, NY 14614
Dial (585) 442-1100

Open Arms Outreach Ministry, Inc.
Food bank address - 58 Sherman Street
Rochester, NY 14606
Primary telephone - (585) 527-0524
The charity has a food bank and other services on site, including a soup kitchen.

Outreach Community Center
447 Genesee Street
Rochester, NY 14611
Call (585) 328-0887 Service/Intake
Several assistance programs are run here. The non-profit distributes food and other support, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas meals and gifts for kids. Other services may include clothing, baby diapers and formula, and information on such resources as LIHEAP and low income housing.

Reformation Lutheran Church Food Cupboard
111 North Chestnut Street
Rochester, New York 14604
Call (585) 454-3367





Southeast Bible Baptist Food Pantry
Location - 1850 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road
Penfield, NY 14526
Pantry phone number is (585) 388-0850. Call for service or intake.

St. Mark's and St. John's Episcopal Church
1245 Culver Road
Rochester, New York 14609
Call the church at (585) 654-9229 for hours and more detailed information on services administered.

Monroe County Social Services
They operate public aid as well as emergency assistance. There are expedited SNAP food stamps for low income families or the unemployed. Or get USDA free school lunches for students or summer snacks. There is also cash assistance, Medicaid, and other resources. Continue with public assistance Monroe County.

SWEM Services Food Pantry
The charity is located at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 350 Chili Avenue Rochester, NY
Telephone number - (585) 328-4491
An emergency bag of groceries may be passed on to low income and working poor families in Monroe County. The content of the box of food will vary, but may be both fresh and/or canned groceries and other supplies.
People must call first, no walk-ins.

St. Andrew's Food Cupboard
Location is 890 Portland Avenue
Rochester, NY 14621 (585)
Call 338-1764  
Hours - Tuesday 9:00 am–11:30 am, Wednesday 9:00 am–11:30 am, Thursday 9:00 am–11:30 am, Friday 9:00 am–11:30 am.
Over 300 families are provided more than 1100 meals every month in Rochester NY. Every age, race and religion is serviced by the pantry. Note that the pantry clients are mostly made up of single mothers and children. They only service the zip codes of 14609 and 14621 zip codes.

Monroe County Aging Office
435 E Henrietta Rd
Rochester, NY 14620
Phone: (585) 753-6280
Senior citizens, the disabled, and homebound are the clients. Low cost or Free Meals on Wheels, Medicare applications, federal government commodities, and congregate meals are all offered. They also give field trips and other activities.

Jewish Family Services of Rochester
Location is 255 East Ave
Rochester, NY 14604
Main number: (585) 461-0110

Stand Strong Christian Ministry Center
100 Morncrest Drive
Rochester, NY 14624
Telephone - (585) 355-4128
Provides free food, perishable items, and emergency assistance to people in a crisis situation.





Town/Village of /East Rochester Community Resource Center
333 Chestnut Street
East Rochester, New York 14445
Phone - (585) 586-0525
Supports the needy in the eastern Rochester New York area

Lifetime Assistance Inc
Phone - 709 Weiland Rd
Rochester, New York 14626
Phone: (585) 458-2250
A food pantry is on site. Canned fruits or vegetables, ham, tuna, and beef may be offered. There is also soup, bread, and other items from the charitable run food pantry.

Additional food assistance programs in Monroe County New York

For additional information or locations of food pantries near you in Monroe County or sou[p kitchens dial (585) 328-3380. Several other charities and non-profits provide free food, hot meals, emergency food boxes and other assistance to the needy. Or callers can get referrals to state and federal government benefits, including USDA as well as SNAP food stamp programs.

By Jon McNamara

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