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Visit our Food Pantry links for daily pantries & meal sites in Wayne County.

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Use your SNAP benefits EBT card to pay at grocery stores and farmers' markets.

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The National School Lunch Program provides healthy, low-cost or free meals each school day.

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Your EBT/Food Stamp/SNAP card is welcome at a farmers' market near you!

Food Assistance Resources

Making ends meet during difficult times can be easier with help from the right programs and other community resources. Cornell Cooperative Extension works with many local food assistance programs to help families, individuals and seniors find and access food resources that best meet their needs.

Local Programs:

Daily Food Pantries & Community Meals - The Wayne County Community Resource Directory lists food pantries in our area. The United Way of Wayne County also provides this WC emergency food services.

Meals on Wheels Wayne County provides hot meal delivery to home-bound persons in Wayne County, and a senior a senior nutrition site/soup kitchen in Sodus, NY.

State & National Programs:

MyBenefits.Gov - New York State residents can visit this web site to find out if you are eligible for help through SNAP (formerly Food Stamps), Nutrition Education, Temporary Assistance, HEAP, WIC, School Meals and Summer Meal Programs.

SNAP / (formerly Food Stamp) benefits help low-income working people, seniors, the disabled and others feed their families. The USDA’s SNAP-Ed connection web site provides great tips and resources. Choose from: Healthy Eating on a Budget, 10 Steps to Help fill your grocery bag, Ways to Manage Your Food Dollars and MORE at: http://snap.nal.usda.gov/resource-library/eat-right-when-moneys-tight .

Find free summer meals in your area by simply entering your zip code in "find sites" on the map.

The SNAP-to-Market website helps you find NY Farmers' Markets where you can use your SNAP benefits (formerly Food Stamps) and explains how to make Farmers' Market purchases with them. You'll also find information on when fruits and vegetables are in-season at your market, and recipes to use with produce you buy.

WIC - the Women, Infants & Children’s Supplemental Food Program provides nutritious foods, nutrition education, and referrals to community services for low-income pregnant and post-partum women and their children under five years of age. Breastfeeding support is available. Find out if you are eligible for WIC, see a schedule of monthly WIC clinics in locations around Tompkins County, and other WIC resources on this website. Tompkins County Health Department, 55 Brown Road, Ithaca, New York 14850

Our educational program series and lessons help families and households to stretch their food dollars to make healthier choices and eat better for less! Our Eat Smart New York! Program helps individuals and families who have limited resources to gain the knowledge and skills to make healthier food and activity choices.

Other Helpful Nutrition Resources

Let's Move!

Helpful tips and step-by-step strategies for families, schools and communities to help kids be more active, eat better, and grow up healthy!

Senior Health

The National Institutes of Health website is easy to use, featuring basic health and wellness information for older adults. Find information on hoe to improve your balance and strengthen your bones and joints!

Nutrition Starts Here!

Looking for information on dietary guidelines, weight management, food assistance programs, shopping, cooking, etc.? This is the site for you! Hundreds of articles and links all related to health and nutrition.www.Nutrition.gov

Healthy People 2020

A great website for information on physical activity, food safety, early and middle childhood, and access to health services with many more topic areas related to your personal well being.

Kids a Cookin'

Where kids come first and cooking is fun! This website from Kansas State Extension is great for school-age "chefs-in-making"! The website includes videos of pint-sized chefs who work with Host Karen to prepare recipes that kids can easily make at home. The recipes are not only simple to prepare and affordable, but are an excellent way to share the joys of cooking with kids.

Interactive Fast Food Menu & Fitness Tool

You can view your favorite fast food item and how much exercise it will take to burn off the meal you selected! Click Here.

Last updated July 26, 2019