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Oneida County free food pantries.

There are free food pantries scattered across Oneida County, including in the more populated cities of Rome and Utica. The non-profits that run these locations are involved in feeding thousands of low to moderate income families each month. The free food banks near you as well as soup kitchens also support residents that are in a one time crisis and maybe can't afford their groceries for a month or two.

Applications will be required at these locations, and find details below as well as a referral number at the bottom of the page. The hours of each food bank are limited as well. What may be more readily available is the assistance from a soup kitchen in Oneida County, as they tend to feed people without asking questions.

Other special services are also administered. Those include Christmas or Thanksgiving food baskets, Meals on Wheels, and some offer basic goods. That can be items such as clothing or maybe school items for children.

St. Patricks / St. Mary's Food Pantry
Main address: 9004 East River Street
Forestport NY, 13338
This is an on call service. Phone – 315-942-4618.
Based on donations from the community, canned food, groceries, and even some fresh items are offered.

Salvation Army of Rome
410 West Dominick Street
Rome New York, 13440
A food pantry is located at this site. There is also a clothing center, Angel Tree for Christmas meals and gifts, and limited financial aid for bills. Case management helps with WIC baby food vouchers as well as SNAP food stamp applications.

St John's Outreach Food Pantry
1119 Elm Street
Utica New York, 13501
Phone - (315) 724-6159

 

 

 

Johnson Park Center Food Pantry
1404 West Street
Utica, NY 13501
Call (315) 734-9608

Angels Among Us
66 Oxford Rd
New Hartford NY 13413
They serve New Hartford, Washington Mills and Saquoit.

St. John the Baptist
210 E Dominick St.
Rome, NY 13440 
(315) 337-0990

Catholic Charities Rome
Address is 199 West Dominick Street
Rome, NY 13440
Phone: (315) 337-8600
Assistance is offered regardless of religion. They help the poor, immigrants, unemployed, and single moms or dads. Free food, personal hygiene supplies such as soap or laundry detergent, diapers and more. There may be free groceries (canned or perishable), baby formula, and even financial help or clothes.

 

 

 

 

Bread of Life Community Center Soup Kitchen
Feeding Site is 401 North Washington Street
Rome, New York 13440
(315) 337-0470
Hot meals and bag lunches are offered, including at the holidays of Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Rescue Mission of Utica
201 Rutger Street
Utica New York, 13501
Call (315) 735-1645
This is mostly for the very low income, homeless, or Oneida County residents in poverty. There is also case management, shelter, and a job program.

St. Margaret's - Grace Church
19 Devereux Street.
Utica NY, 13501
For hours, call (315) 733-7575

Westminster Moriah Olivet
714 Washington Street
Utica NY, 13502
(315) 732-6518

New Life AOG Food Pantry
Address - 4704 State Route 365
Oneida NY, 13421
The food bank is only open Tuesday, Thursday 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Rice, canned soup, and even clothing or baby formula may be passed out.

Seeds of Hope Food Pantry
1605 Genesee Street
Utica NY, 13501
Phone (315) 732-5111

Town of Verona
5694 East Main Street
Verona NY, 13478
A pantry is open two days per week. It is only for residents of the town.

 

 

 

 

Country Pantry
Location - 7616 E. South Street
Clark Mills New York 13321
4th Tues of the month 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Salvation Army of Utica
14 Clinton Place
Utica NY, 13501
(315) 724-8736
A soup kitchen is on site. The charity also offer other social services, such as school supplies for children and holiday meals.

Rescue Mission of Utica Soup Kitchen
Address: 201 Rutger Street
Utica New York, 13501
Dial the soup kitchen at (315) 735-1645

Hope House Soup Kitchen
Main address: 130 Eagle Street
Utica NY, 13501
This charity can feed the vulnerable and homeless.

Mother Marianne Westside Soup Kitchen
Address is 702 Columbia Street
Utica NY, 13502

Rome Loaves & Fishes
401 North Washington St
Rome NY, 13440
In addition to a soup kitchen, some delivery services are available for the homebound and elderly. Easter food baskets, fresh Christmas meals and more is offered too. Canned food, dairy, meats, bread and hygiene supplies, including free feminine items, are offered.

Rome Rescue Mission Soup Kitchen
413 East Dominick Street
Rome NY, 13440
Phone - (315) 337-2516
A homeless shelter and soup kitchen are on site. The homeless, immigrant and migrant workers, and others can get a place to sleep as well as breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

 

 

 

 

Other free food and hot meal programs in Oneida County

Many other programs are available for the working poor and hungry in Oneida County. Call (315) 437-1899 to learn about government aid such as SNAP food stamps or surplus commodities. Or get the locations of more free food pantries near you, applications to SNAP food stamps as well as other benefits. There are also garden programs and kid cafes among many other services.

 

By Jon McNamara

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