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Food banks, soup kitchens and free food pantries Onondaga County.

Find free food pantries and grocery distribution centers for low income families in Onondaga County. There are also soup kitchens for hot meals including breakfast, lunch or dinner. There are locations near you run by non-profit agencies as well as churches and charities, and each is committed to helping disadvantaged families get the food they need today.

There may be everything from free boxes of groceries passed out in an emergency to referrals to long term support and public aid, including benefits such as WIC vouchers or the city of Syracuse SNAP food stamp program. There is also a referral to a toll free number at the bottom of the page for other food assistance programs.

Onondaga County as well as Syracuse residents, whether they are disabled, seniors, or families with children, have options available to them. Food pantries can provide free help to those facing a crisis. There are also Meals on Wheels services, grocery shopping classes such as on unit pricing and free personal hygiene supplies. As noted, individuals that are more in a long term hardship or families living in poverty can receive referrals to public benefits, such as SNAP food stamps, which may be the best option for them. Or read how to unit price groceries.

Some of the non-profit pantries in the county or Syracuse offer other support too. Examples may be clothing or a free Christmas or Thanksgiving meals or turkey dinners. Some will also provide seasonal assistance to children during the holidays or summer.

Assumption Church Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen
Address is 808 North Salina Street, Syracuse, New York 13208. Call 315-473-9101
Whether a free bag or emergency groceries, or a hot meal for the poor or homeless, assistance is offered.

HelpLine - United Way of Syracuse and Onondaga County
Free referrals are given out. Learn about USDA food programs, emergency pantries, diaper or baby formula programs and more. There are also WIC - Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children and Senior Brown Bags. More on Helpline of Onondaga County.

 

 

 

Catholic Charities Of Onondaga County
264 East Onondaga Street, Syracuse, New York 13202. Call 315-424-1876. The homeless can get a meal, food, blanket, and more. Other social services are available too. There may be free personal hygiene items too, like detergent, soap, sanitizers, and household cleaning products.

  • Catholic Charities Eastside is another option. Location is 2100 E. Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY 13210. Phone - 315-472-6727. A number of social services and assistance programs are offered. They also help immigrants and non-English speakers. Get shelf-stable foods or perishable items, like fruits, vegetables, dairy, milk and more. Or find household goods, including laundry detergent, soap, or paper products.

Peace, Inc (People's Equal Action & Community Efforts, Inc.)
There are multiple locations of this non-profit. They have free food banks, government grant programs, resources for single moms, SNAP food stamp applications and other goods. A local Meals on Wheels service is offered as well for seniors and the disabled in Onondaga County.

  • South Beech Street, Location is 202 South Beech Street. Syracuse New York, 13202. Phone: 315-470-3325. Both a regular food bank and soup kitchen for holiday meals is available.
  • PEACE, Inc. County West Family Resource Center is at 93 Syracuse Street, Baldwinsville NY 13027. Call  315-638-1051
  • Emma L. Johnston Southside Family Resource Center. 136 Dr. Martin Luther King West, Syracuse NY 13205. Dial 315-470-3342
  • Westside Family Resource Center - 200 Wyoming Street, Syracuse NY 13204. Dial 315-470-3352. Clothes, free food, groceries and more. There is even a summer snack service for students.

The Salvation Army of Onondaga County
There are multiple locations of the non-profit., Telephone - 315-479-1157.
There is assistance in applying for federal government Food Stamps, WIC, or other benefits from the state of New York. A clothing closet, thrift store, andemergency  food pantry are also on site with hygiene items, free groceries, cleaning products, diapers and baby formula. There are also holiday meals services, including free Thanksgiving turkeys for the poor and homeless. One location is at 677 S. Salina St., Syracuse, NY 13202. Call (315) 475-1688. Or find additional free food assistance from Onondaga County Salvation Army.

Westcott Community Center
826 Euclid Avenue, Syracuse New York 13210. Phone: 315-478-8634
Provides meals, hygiene products and cleaning products for those in need.

Bridgeport Food Pantry
Location is 7820 Minoa Road, Bridgeport NY 13030. Main phone: 315-633-8676
Get canned meat, tuna, check, and other groceries. There may also be feminine products, free personal toiletries and household supplies, including cleaning items.

Southern Missionary Baptist Church
Location is 3143 Midland Avenue, Syracuse New York 13205. Dial 315-469-1610

 

 

 

 

United Church of Christ in Bayberry
215 Blackberry Road, Liverpool NY 13090. Phone: 315-652-6789
Provides a food pantry for individuals in need once a month.

Brewerton United Methodist Church
5395 Orangeport Road, Brewerton New York 13029. Phone: 315-676-5528
The poor, single parents or mothers, disabled and other can use this free pantry. Boxes of groceries, perishable goods like fruit or vegetables and other items may be offered.

Emmaus Ministry Food Pantry
127 East Glen Avenue, Syracuse New York 13205. The telephone number is 315-928-5191
The charity gives away food each day or week. Fresh fruits or vegetables, frozen meals, and other goods.

Bethlehem Revival Food Pantry
610 Willis Avenue, Syracuse NY 13204. Phone: 315-466-9433
They may give away food daily. Or get ingredients, holiday food boxes, Thanksgiving turkey meals, and other stuff.

Believers’ Chapel Care Connection
Main address - 7912 Thompson Road, Cicero NY 13039. For intake, dial 315-699-4140

Heaven’s Pantry
250 East Avenue, Minoa NY 13116. Phone: 315-437-8318

Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Location is 8229 Brewerton Road, Cicero NY 13039. Phone: 315-699-6401

Saint Joseph the Worker Church
There is a free food pantry at 1001 Tulip Street, Liverpool NY 13088. Dial 315-399-6023
Low income families can get free dry and canned goods, paper products, groceries, laundry detergent, and personal toiletries among other items.

Apostolic Church of Christ
The food pantry is at 347 Cortland Avenue, Syracuse New York 13202. Phone: 315-472-1665

Jordan-Elbridge Ecumenical
Main address - 28 North Main Street, Jordan New York 13080. For intake, dial 315-689-6240
Based on donations, there may be items such as Cereal, Box juice, meat, dairy, bread, and other goods. There are also free holiday food boxes, ingredients, and other goods.

Mary’s Pantry at IHM
425 Beechwood Avenue, Liverpool NY 13088. Phone: 315-451-5070
Various assistance programs are offered. There is free clothes, including winter attire. Or get referrals to SNAP food stamps in Onondaga County, free groceries, fruits, canned meats, flour, pasta and other goods.

Plymouth Church
232 East Onondaga Street, Syracuse New York 13202. For hours, call 315-474-4836

Saint Patrick / Saint Brigid’s Food Pantry
A free food pantry and soup kitchen is at 501 Avery Ave, Syracuse New York 13204. Phone: 315-679-6825

Wetzel Road Church of Christ
4268 Wetzel Road, Liverpool NY 13090. Call 315-652-3195 x2
Get free food, toiletries, soap, laundry detergent, diapers, formula and more. The pantry may have goods like cereal, bread, pasta, rice, milk, and/or potatoes.

 

 

 

 

Saint Marianne Cope Parish
105 Stanton Avenue, Solvay NY 13209. Phone: 315-488-3221
Solvay area families can get free groceries, shelf stable food, ingredients for a meal, and other goods. Volunteers can also deliver meals to the homebound.

Syracuse Community Connections (SCC)
There are a couple locations of the Onondaga County free food pantry. They serve year round items and also provide free holiday meals, including Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter and others. Or find USDA Commodities like cheese, baby formula, diapers, and other goods.

  • 401-425 South Avenue, Syracuse New York 13204. Phone: 315-474-6823
  • 716 Hawley Avenue, Syracuse NY 13203. Call 315-472-6343 x207

Valley Worship Center Church of the Nazarene
2929 Midland Avenue, Syracuse New York 13205. Phone: 315-492-2231

Navarino Community Food Pantry
Address is 4389 South Onondaga Road
Nedrow New York, 13120
Dial (315) 673-9228 or 315-218-7517
The location will serve the needy at most one time per month.

Elmwood Presbyterian Church
Syracuse New York 13207
Call 315-478-0951 for information on the free food pantry.

Onondaga Valley Presbyterian Church
275 West Seneca Turnpike
Syracuse NY, 13207
Call 315-469-0946
Food and meals may be served after the Sunday service.

Belle Grove Missionary Baptist
There is an emergency food pantry at 219 West Castle Street, Syracuse New York 13205. Telephone – 315-466-9838
The charity acquires dry and canned non-perishable goods through donation and hands out food to low income families in a crisis. They also have items such as free diapers for new parents, infant formula, and deliver meals to the elderly in their parish in Syracuse.

Brotherly Love Church Of God In Christ
Address is 1234 South State Street
Syracuse NY 13205
Main phone number is 315-475-6233
Provides a food pantry for individuals in need.

True Vine Cogic
Food pantry address is 111 Furman Street
Syracuse, NY 13205
Telephone - 315-475-0280

Southside Church of Christ Soup Kitchen
Address: 1327 West Colvin Sreet
Syracuse, NY 13207
Hot meals, bags lunches, breakfast, and holiday food too.

Prince of Peace Missionary
Address: 317 E. Jefferson St.
Syracuse, NY 13202
Phone: (315) 474-1238

St. Cecelia's Food Pantry
1001 Woods Road
Solvay, New York 13209
Phone: (315) 488-3221
Find dry and canned goods, paper products, and more from the Onondaga County food pantry. There may be boxes of Canned tuna or salmon, Boxed or Canned Soups, Crackers, Peanut Butter, and more.

Second Olivet Missionary Baptist Church
Food pantry address is 818 S. West St
Syracuse NY 13201
(315) 475-4124

Vineyard Christian
312 Lakeside Rd.
Syracuse, New York 13209
Call (315) 407-8463

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seton Food Pantry
3494 State Route 31
Baldwinsville, New York 13027
(315) 652-4300

Marcellus Ecumenical
1 East Main St.
Marcellus, NY 13108
Call (315) 673-2201
Canned or fresh groceries, holiday meals, and other goods from the pantry. They also feed children, students during the summer, and the elderly.

St. Margaret's
203 Roxboro Rd.
Mattydale, NY 13211
(315) 455-5534

St. Joseph's Church
5600 West Genesee Street, Camillus, New York 13031. Phone: 315-488-8490
A food pantry is at the church for people of the parish, with a focus on groceries and meals for children. Get pasta, cereal, milk, bread or even pastries or sandwiches on occasion.

Basilica Of Sacred Heart
Location is 927 Park Avenue
Syracuse New York 13204
Dial the non-profit at 315-422-2343
Items may be soup, canned meat or vegetables, rice, peanut butter, and more. Some free household supplies or personal hygiene supplies may be given out too.

Isaiah's Table
223 Marcellus St, Syracuse, NY 13204. Dial 315-447-7065 
An emergency free food pantry is available for Onondaga County families. There is also a soup kitchen for hot meals, breakfast, and holiday help too.

Huntington Family Centers
405 Gifford Street
Syracuse NY 13204
Telephone – 315-476-3157
Free food, clothing, holiday meals, and other support is provided.

Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility / Southwest Community Center
Food is offered, and clients can get help in applying for SNAP food stamps and other benefits.
315-671-5802

St. Brigid And St. Joseph Church
Address is 318 Herkimer Street
Syracuse, NY 13204
Main phone - 315-488-7122
A client choice pantry. Volunteers keep it open. It helps by given a few days worth of food. Bring a bag or box to pack groceries and food stuffs into.

St. Lucy's Church
432 Gifford Street
Syracuse NY 13204
Phone: 315-475-7273
The charity has a food pantry, serves a free community lunch, and a low cost shop of clothing, shoes, household items. Seniors may have meals delivered by volunteers as well.

Plymouth Church
Location is 232 East Onondaga Street, Syracuse New York, 13202. Main phone number is 315-474-4836
Free Christmas meals, bags of canned fruit, and more is offered to qualified families. Get personal hygiene supplies, detergent, soap and more. There may be fresh items like fruit or vegetables, dairy and other goods too.

Blessed Sacrament School / Outreach
3129 James Street
Syracuse New York 13206
315-437-4462
Provides a food bank for low income and working poor individuals in need.

Faith Lutheran
Address is 6142 Route 31, Cicero, NY 13039. Main phone - 315-699-5224
Fresh food, fruits, vegetables, and more may be provided from time to time in Onondaga County.

North Syracuse Christian Church
Location is 911 Church Street
Syracuse NY 13212
Call 315-391-2792 for hours and to apply.

Baldwinsville Community Food Bank
Location is 17 West Genesee Street
Baldwinsville, NY 13027
315-635-6442
Free groceries, referrals to government aid such as WIC, snacks for children and other food assistance is available.

T. Leo's Church / Leo's Loaves
The Food Pantry address is 10 Onondaga Street, Tully NY 13159. Main phone - 315-696-5092
Fruits, vegetables, meat, and dairy goods are offered.

New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church
1034 Montgomery Street
Syracuse, New York
Phone number is (315) 478-4278

East Syracuse Food Pantry known as PEACE, Inc
215 West Manlius Street #2
East Syracuse, NY
Find Boxed or Canned Soups, Dried Beans, Christmas meals or small gifts, and more. They also operate Meals on Wheels and have USDA commodities.

Samaritan Center Soup kitchen
Address of the hot meal site is 215 North State Street, Syracuse, NY. Dial 315-472-0650

East Syracuse / Minoa Meals on Wheels is at First United Church of East Syracuse
Address is 823 Franklin Park Drive
East Syracuse, NY
The church brings low cost (or free) home delivered meals for nutritionally-at-risk homebound elderly individuals, the disabled, elderly or those unable to shop or prepare meals.

 

 

 

 

Senior Dining and Agency on Aging
Fayetteville Senior Center is at 584 East Genesee Street, Fayetteville, NY. Phone (910) 433-1574.
Syracuse Northeast Community Center (SNCC), 716 Hawley Avenue.
There are also free Meals on Wheels for the homebound and elderly in Onondaga County. The locations provide a hot daily lunch for members and non-members. More on free Meals on wheels Onondaga County.

All Faiths Food Pantry
406 Court Street
Syracuse, NY
315-478-0916
The charity operates a Consortium. Bring proof of ID and residency.

Fabius-Pompey Outreach
Location: 7786 Main Street
Fabius, NY
Main phone: 315-677-3590
Holiday Thanksgiving and Christmas meals are offered. Easter baskets for kids and meals are served too. The pantry is also open for the community.

New Salem Baptist Missionary Church
516 South Avenue
Syracuse, New York
Main phone: 315-708-2606
The non-profit assists Onondaga County residents in need. Clothing, cleaning supplies, free food, formula, and other support.

Redeemer Evangelical Covenant Church
Address is 7565 Morgan Road
Liverpool NY 13090
315-457-8887
The church only has free meals or food for people in the immediate community.

St. Rose Of Lima Pantry
Location is 409 South Main Street
North Syracuse New York 13212
Phone: 315-458-7138
Get groceries, cultural meals for migrant workers, Pasta (especially whole grain), Rice, holiday food and other resources. Some clothes may also be served.

Skaneateles Ecumenical Food Pantry
Main address is 819 West Genesee Street Road
Skaneateles, New York 13152
Dial 315-685-5048
The non-profit provides emergency food to those in crisis within the Skaneateles School District, as well as village and town. They only support that are of the county.

New Beginnings Christian Center
7247 State Fair Boulevard
Syracuse NY 13209
315-635-3989
Food, Christmas meals, and other support is for families in poverty.

Jamesville Dewitt Ecumenical Food Pantry
Location is 6486 East Seneca Turnpike
Jamesville New York 13078
Main phone number is 315-469-5093

Our Lady Of Peace
Main address is 203 Halcomb Street
Syracuse NY 13209
Call the charity at 315-487-6832
Clients of the free food bank in the city of Syracuse range from the unemployed to senior citizens, working poor, and children.

Neighborhood Center - Northeast Community Center
Main telephone 315-472-6343
The center support residents of Northeastern Onondaga County. SNAP food stamp applications, summer snacks for students, and other goods.

 

 

 

 

University United Methodist Church
Main address is 1085 East Genesee Street
Syracuse NY 13210
315-475-7277
Coordinates activities of clothes closet, pantry, distribution of free food, clothing and school supplies as well to students from low income families.

Additional free food programs in Onondaga County

The Food Bank of Central New York partners with local charities and pantries near you to coordinate services. However, it can be another source of referrals to Onondaga County families, including to programs such as Meals on Wheels or surplus USDA Commodity Foods. Dial 315-437-1899 for information on additional assistance.

By Jon McNamara

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