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Onondaga County food banks, soup kitchens and free pantries.

Low income families in Onondaga County can turn to local food pantries as well as soup kitchens for assistance. There are locations near you run by non-profit agencies as well as churches and charities, and each is committed to helping disadvantaged families. There may be everything from free boxes of food 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, thought the hours are limited. Food pantries can provide free help to those facing a crisis. 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.

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. Call a food bank for more details.

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 Emergency Food Pantry
219 West Castle Street
Syracuse NY 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




Catholic Charities Eastside Food Pantry
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.

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.

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
620 West Genesee Street
Syracuse, New York 13204
Dial 315-447-7065 
An emergency free food pantry is available for Onondaga County families.

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.

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.

Cathedral Emergency Assistance Food Pantry
Syracuse NY 13202

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, and 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.

Catholic Charities Of Onondaga County
264 East Onondaga Street
Syracuse, New York 13202
Call 315-475-3807
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.

Plymouth Church Food Pantry
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.

Blessed Sacrament School / Outreach
3129 James Street
Syracuse New York 13206
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.

Sacred Heart Anna's Pantry
8229 South Main Street
Cicero, NY 13039

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
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 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
215 North State Street
Syracuse, NY

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
The charity operates a Consortium. Bring proof of ID and residency.

Assumption Church Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen
808 North Salina Street
Syracuse, New York

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.

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
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
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.

Prince Of Peace Missionary Baptist Church
PO Box 1177
Syracuse NY, 13202

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
Coordinates activities of clothes closet, pantry, distribution of free food, clothing and school supplies as well to students from low income families.

South Beech Street Food Pantry Peace, Inc (People's Equal Action & Community Efforts, Inc.)
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.





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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