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New York free food banks.

Residents of New York state and city have several food banks and distribution centers they can turn to for free or discounted food that may be near them The organizations and pantries listed below by county as well as town are the primary centers located across the state. They partner with hundreds of local charities, non-profits, churches, and government agencies as well, and can direct people to the distribution centers nearest to them. Learn about programs such as food stamps, WIC, Thanksgiving and Christmas meals and gifts, and even clothing closets.

Call or stop by one of the food banks listed below to learn where you can turn to for free or low cost food as well as groceries. A representative will be able to provide you information on your options and assistance programs that may be able to help. In addition, many of the organizations are part of America’s Second Harvest, which is the nations largest non-profit food organization. There is also a phone number at the bottom of the page for more information on free, local emergency food pantries near you.

People who need help in New York can not only call the centers listed below, but they also have other options and resources that are offered in their county. Ask one of the centers below on additional food and financial assistance programs that are offered in your county.

Free food banks in New York that are more local

Several of the main food distribution centers are located on this page. However there are hundreds of other pantries, charities, churches, and non-profits that operate in towns and cities across New Yokr that may be near you. They serve low income families in these areas, and can provide meals, canned goods, holiday programs, and more.




Referrals are available to other pantries and soup kitchens that are located throughout the state. There are hunger prevention coalitions that provide this service, for free, to anyone that needs assistance and guidance. In some cases, qualified low income families can also learn about the application process for New York State benefits and federal programs. Continue with hotlines for emergency food in New York.

Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY - Albany
965 Albany-Shaker Road
Latham, New York 12110
Phone number: 518-786-3691





Food Bank of Westchester
358 Saw Mill River Road
Millwood, NY 10546
Phone: 914-923-1100
Call for meals, food, Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets, and much more. A great non-profit to contact for referrals too.

Long Island Cares Inc. Food Bank
10 Davids Drive
Hauppauge, New York 11788
Phone (631) 582-FOOD
Thousands of residents, including the unemployed and less fortunate, use this center. Perishable items, canned goods, and mother help is offered.

Food Bank of the Southern Tier
388 Upper Oakwood Avenue
P.O. Box 2127
Elmira, New York 14903-2127
Phone: 607.796.6061

Food Link of Rochester
Address - 936 Exchange Street
Rochester, NY 14608
Phone (585) 328-3380

Food Bank of Western New York
91 Holt St.
Buffalo, NY 14206
Main phone number - (716) 852-1305
The location partners with charities, churches, and non-profits. Canned goods, surplus government commodities, snacks for students, and other aid is offered from their partners.

Food Bank For New York City
39 Broadway
New York, New York 10006
Phone: 212.566.7855
Works closely with churches, charities, and social service agencies across the greater New York area. Offers free food, groceries, and meals to the needy in the community. Also learn about other emergency programs such as rent and electric bills.

Food Bank of Central New York
7066 Interstate Island Road
Syracuse, New York 13209
Phone: (315) 437-1899 or 800-444-1562 (in Central New York only)

United Way Of Buffalo And Erie County
Primary address - 742 Delaware Ave
Buffalo, New York 14209
Main food bank number - (716)887-2626

St. Georges Church
1910 Falls St.
Niagara Falls, New York 14303
716 282 - 0908
Supports the low income, seniors, and homeless in western New York and Niagara County. Call for free food, fresh fruits and vegetables, holiday meals, clothing, household items, and other aid.





Episcopal Charities Of The Diocese Of New York
1047 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10025

Assumption Church Food Pantry
Food bank location - 808 N Salina St.
Syracuse, NY 13208
Telephone number is (315) 473-9101
Provides assistance to low income families in Onondaga County and central New York. Free boxes of food, clothing referrals, holiday meals and more is offered.

Hermandad En San Miguel
256 East 138 St.
Bronx, New York 1045

Foodlink Foundation Inc.
936 Exchange St.
Rochester, New York 14608
Distributes emergency food boxes and meals to low income, seniors, homeless, and other who need help. May have information on free clothing programs and school lunches for children as well. Also get help in applying for government programs such as food stamps and WIC.

Fathers Heart Ministries
543-545 East 11th St.
New York, NY 10009

Grace Church Community Center Inc.
35 Orchard St.
White Plains, New York 10603

Rochelly Foundation
Address: 1411 E 23rd St.
Brooklyn, NY 11210
Covers the greater New York area. Get help from this food and clothing bank. Stop by for groceries, meats, breads, and a soup kitchen. Also can direct people to government aid like food stamps, or local school lunch programs or clothing closets.

Meir Panim Inc
5314 New Utrecht Ave
Brooklyn, New York 11219
Phone number - (877)736-6283

Nourishing NYC
Location is 153 E 110th ST
New York, New York 10029
Provides hot meals, boxes of food, applications for food stamps, and more to qualified New York City residents.







Catholic Charities Of The Southern Tier
945 County Route 64
Elmira, New York 14903
Offers a number of social services programs and assistance. Get help with everything from free food to clothing and help for paying bills and rent. A food pantry and thrift store are located on site.

Island Harvest
199 2nd St. FL 2
Mineola, New York 11501
Dial (516) 294-8528 for hours.

Long Island Cares, Inc.
Primary location - 10 Davids Dr.
Hauppauge, New York 11788
Dial (631)582-3663
Low income individuals across long island can call this food banks for meals, free groceries, assistance around the holidays, and referrals. They partner with local churches and charities in the region too.

New York free food pantries - alternate locations

Dial (518) 433-4505 to find more pantries and locations in New York near you. Another option for individuals in need are government programs. So while the organizations above can provide free food and groceries to all people across New York state and city, or direct those in need to food banks near them, there are other options. Click here to learn more about government food assistance programs and options.

By Jon McNamara

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