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Food pantries in Oswego County

Limited amount of assistance can be provided from food banks and pantries in Oswego County. If a resident of the local town meets the application criteria set by each non-profit, then families may be provide groceries, meals, and more. The sites may offer items such as baby formula, fruits, and food for special diets as well.

The pantries will acquire fresh or canned goods from volunteers as well as partner sites, such as regional food banks. The items will be packed into boxes for clients. When disbursed, the qualified individual may be given a bag or box that has enough food to last for a few days.

This form of aid can go a long way towards ending or delaying hunger in Oswego County. It will provide the resident time to locate, and apply, for long term support as well.

North Shore as well as Bernhards Bay
This pantry is for residents that reside in the immediate region. There may also be Christmas and holiday programs.

Mexico Food Pantry
Location - 3352 Main Street
Mexico, New York 13114
Phone - 315-963-0701
Up to three days of free food is provided to income qualified residents of the Mexico School District. The non-profit only helps families and children in that district.

Redfield area
Address: 8 Schoolhouse Road
Redfield, NY 13437
Call 315-484-6261

River of Life Assembly
815 Oneida Street
Fulton, NY 13069
Call 315-598-7100 for intake.
Fresh or canned food, groceries, and surplus USDA commodities are available from the food bank.




Dugway Methodist Church
State Route 104
Dugway, New York 13131
The pantry only helps qualified residents once per month at most.

Parish Ecumenical Food Pantry
Main address - 814 Rider Street
Parish, NY 13131
Telephone number is 315-625-7833
Oswego County families can only use the pantry once per month too. The homebound may have a meal delivered to them on an exception basis.

Fulton Alliance Church
1044 State Route 48
Fulton, NY 13069
Dial 315-593-6842

Believers' Chapel Food Pantry
614 South Fourth Street
Fulton New York 13069
Call 315-593-8989 for hours.
Fresh food (fruits, vegetables, milk) is available along with other needs, such as personal hygiene items, coats, or canned food. They also deliver to seniors or the disabled.

First United Methodist Church
Address: 1408 State Route 176
Fulton, New York 13069
The pantry also has free Thanksgiving and Christmas meals or food baskets.




Mental Health Association of Oswego County Emergency Food Pantry
70 Bunner Street
Oswego NY 13126
The location is a last resort for people that can't get help from any other charity, church, or pantry.

Amboy Center
1 State Route 183
Williamstown NY 13493
Main phone – 315-480-8327
This is only for people in  Amboy and/or Williamstown.

Downstairs Scotty
592 South Main Street
Central Square NY 13036
Business Line: 315-676-2898
A food pantry and thrift store are on site. There may be baby formula, diapers, furniture, and clothing, including coats and boots for students.

Rural and Migrant Ministry Food Pantry
Pantry address - 15 Stewart Street
Richland, New York 13144
Emergency food is for migrants, farm workers, immigrants, and newcomers. They can also get referred to housing or job programs, and learn how to apply for SNAP food stamps, among other programs.

First Congregational Church - Phoenix Central School District
The food bank is at 43 Bridge Street
Phoenix, New York 13135
Intake number is 315-695-4841

Oswego County Catholic Charities
365 West First Street
Fulton NY 13069
Services range from holiday baskets or small toys, emergency groceries, fresh food, and more. Many churches also partner and offer financial aid, Meals on Wheels, and more.

Lighthouse Church
Main address is 11 South Jefferson Street
Mexico, NY 13114
Telephone – 315-963-4761
The charity serves dinner and gives away food.

Brewerton Community
Address: 5395 Orangeport Road
Brewerton, NY 13029
Main phone - 315-676-5528





Sandy Creek United Methodist Church
2031 Harwood Drive
Sandy Creek NY 13145
Phone: 315-397-5111

Pulaski Community Cupboard
Address is 12 Bridge Street
Pulaski, New York 13142
Food boxes may contain Peanut Butter, Canned Fruits, Boxed or Canned Juices, and other goods.

Fulton Salvation Army Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen
62 South First Street
Fulton, New York 13069
Resources include free meals (breakfast and lunch). There is also funds for bills such as heating costs, shelter, free Christmas toys for children and meals for families, and other low income support. Or case management will help people apply for SNAP food stamps.
Another site is at 73 West Second Street, Oswego NY 13126. This is for the city of Oswego. Call 315-343-6491 for details.

Human Concerns Center
Mailing address - 85 East Fourth Street
Oswego NY 13126
Food programs are only for children, students, and families in the Oswego School District. There may also be clothing for winter, hygiene items, and additional support for single moms.

Sandy Creek / Lacona Community Cupboard
Address - 6046 South Main Street
Lacona, NY 13083
Phone - 315-387-5323

Hannibal Resource Center
923 Cayuga Street
Hannibal, New York 13074
Helps residents in a crisis. Apply to Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), summer meals, and other aid.

Mexico Presbyterian Church
4361 Church Street
Wilcox Hall
Mexico NY 13114
Phone number is 315-963-7902

Dexterville Community Services ( DACS )
9 Rathburn Road
Fulton NY 13069
Dial 315-593-1607 for details.
Call for clothing, free food, household items, and more. Some clients may need to pay a small fee, but others can use the food bank/clothing closet for free.

If those pantries can't meet an applicant's need, or if one is not close to a family, dial 315-437-1899 for referrals. Learn about everything from Meals on Wheels in Oswego to the USDA Commodity Supplemental Food Program or other church based food pantries.

By Jon McNamara

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