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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: UPDATED RESOURCES - these resources are specifically listed for use if you need food assistance during the Coronavirus pandemic and will be updated once regular schedules resume. 

School Based Emergency Food Resources:

Gananda Central School District -Breakfast and lunch pick-up for students age 3-18 will be available at Richard Mann Elementary starting Wednesday, March 18th, 2020. Food distribution will be available Monday – Friday from 11am – 1pm. Drive through the bus loop to participate and items will be brought out to your car. Breakfast menu: cereal and a muffin, poptart, or bagel, milk, juice, fruit. Lunch menu: sandwich rotation (PB&J, turkey, ham, tuna), milk, fruit, vegetable. Deliver options available upon request. Please email the director of food service at: lbrown@gananda.org

Williamson Central School District – Meal pick up will be Monday – Friday from 11am- 12:30pm at the High school cafeteria patio door. Meals will include a lunch for that day and breakfast for the following day. Anyone is able to pick up the meals for your student. If you or a designee are ABSOLUTELY unable to pick up meals due to transportation constraints, we have a delivery on a limited basis.Please fill out the survey by Friday, March 20th at 12pm. Any questions, please contact the Superintendent’s Office and leave a message. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdkFcFB4pqJHxCTainbkqqmELFRZN61scdBFNgdLqToCNKYBQ/closedform

Newark Central School District- the district is working on a plan to make sure that children have access to breakfast and lunch each day. Please complete the survey on the Newark school district website ( https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=dmmgpewwNk-_NT-kBnGJcOcPQ_Z4f7dAtrsYQRH8zztUQllFM1EzS1BUU0REQ08yM0pNTkJMWjJJMS4u) if you would like your child to receive daily breakfast and lunch while school is closed. There will be one deliver or pick up each day while the schools are closed.

Palmyra – Macedon Central School District – the district will provide free meals to students in need during the school closure beginning on Wednesday, March 18th. Meal pick up will be Monday -Friday from 11am – 12:30 pm outside the Pal-Mac high school main entrance. Pull up near the curb by the main entrance flagpoles and someone will bring meals to your car. Lunch for the current day and breakfast for the following day will be available to every student, free of charge and whether the student usually qualifies for free or reduced- price meals. You will need to provide the names of the students you are picking up meals for. Please fill out the following survey to sign-up for meal service. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdRpMHoZ9hiTBDqkwTzwtIUdY-8pwujelobp4oqTIuAW02xQg/viewform. For assistance with the form, or if you have questions about the program, please call 315-597-3407. Please leave a message if no one answers. 

Marion Central School District - Beginning on Wednesday, March 25th, meals will be available for pickup at the Marion Elementary School from 11 AM until 12:30 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays only. Two days worth of meals will be picked up on Monday, and three days worth on Wednesday. Until the new procedures go into effect on March 25th, daily delivery will continue on March 23rd and March 24th. By dividing our food service staff into two teams, each preparing and delivering food only once a week, we limit their potential exposure to one time a week.If you are unable to pick up meals, but still wish to receive the meals, then please call 315-926-2409 to make other arrangements. If no one answers, please leave your name and number and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Lyons Central School District- the district is providing meals for students free of charge. A school vehicle will come to your home to deliver breakfast and lunch to you between 12pm and 2pm Monday – Friday starting Wednesday, March 18 th through Monday April 14 th. If you would like to opt out of receiving free meals, notify staff of allergies, or notify staff that meals need to be delivered to a different address please email the district at mealservice@lyonscsd.org. Please include your name, your child(rens) name(s) and your address in all emails to the district about meal service.

Clyde- Savannah Central School District-

Two distribution sites:

Savannah Fire Hall at 1770 New York Rt. 89, Savannah and

MS/HS building at 215 Glasgow Street, Clyde

Both sites will operate from 10:30am to 12:00pm Monday-Friday

If you would like to receive a meal at one of these sites please contact the district by email at: meals@clydesavannah.org or by phone at: 315-902-3000 ext. 6006

North Rose – Wolcott Central School District - In an effort to keep our families and staff safe, we will be implementing changes to our current emergency food distribution plan. Effective Monday, March 30th, meal distribution will only occur on Monday and Thursday of each week from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. That means that each day we will provide multiple meals instead of picking up each day of the week. This change will limit the number of times families will need to leave the house for food pick-up, which supports our continued social distancing efforts. Please understand, we can only offer three days worth of meals for the Monday distribution and two days worth of meals on the Thursday distribution. Meal distribution will continue to be held at the North Rose-Wolcott High School. If you have already registered for this service, no further action is needed. We will continue to provide meals for you. If you have not registered for this service, but would like to participate, please contact us at meals@nrwcs.org or call (315)594-5510. If you are unable to pick-up meals during these times, we will have delivery available. Please contact us at meals@nrwcs.org or call 315-594-5510 if you would like delivery.

Red Creek Central School District-The district has up a distribution site for Tuesdays and Thursdays for which you will receive three breakfasts and three lunches for each child. The pick-up location will be in front of the High School (loading dock entrance). Cones and signage will be posted at the site. Pick-ups will be available between 10:30 am and noon. These meals are free of charge to the students of the community during the shutdown. If you are interested in receiving meals from this site, the District is requesting that you contact us to ensure we meet the needs of our students. Please fill out the form located at https:/ /tinyurl.com/t9ksfcd and email it to meals@rccsd.org. We will start dispersing the meals on Tuesday, March 24. Please make sure you are registered no later than March 20 at 9:00 am.

Wayne Central School District- Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, meals for all students will be available for pick up at the Wayne Central High School from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM on Monday's and Wednesday's only. With this change, families will receive two (2) days’ worth of meals during pick up on Monday’s, and three (3) days’ worth of meals during pick up on Wednesday’s.

Other Community Food Pantries and Emergency Food Resources : if you are unable to access any of the resources listed here please contact Emma Kett, Nutrition and Local Foods Resource Educator at the office for further assistance. Phone: 315-331-8415


St. John’s Food Pantry 315-902-4130

43 West DeZeng Street, Clyde

Open to all community members. Please contact St. John’s Rectory for more information at the number listed above.


Helpful Hearts- Carolyn Cook 315-690-1952

10-12 Geneva Street, Lyons

Hours -Monday-Friday 10-5

- Saturday 9-2

Lyons Community Food Pantry at the Presbyterian Church 315-871-7242 or 315-398-8974

enter through the yellow door of the Methodist Church parking lot.

11 Queen Street, Lyons

Hours- Monday - Friday 11-1

Lesario Deli 315-665-0325

37 Canal Street , Lyons

Starting 3/16/20

Lunches- PB+J sandwich or bologna, chips and juice

Fingerlakes WIC- 877-310-5938


Newark Food Closet 315-332-8582

Emmanuel Methodist Church

301 E. Miller St. Newark

Available to Newark, East Palmyra, and Port Gibson zip codes. Only available by appointment, and for extreme emergency as food supply is restricted. 


Wayne County Action Program 315-483-6781

WEB Support Services

7188 Ridge Road, Sodus

Monday 9am – 3pm, Tuesday 9am – 4:30pm, Wednesday and Thursday 8:30am – 3:00pm, Friday 11:30am – 4:30pm

Food boxes available every 30 days, agency form must be filled out, ID, proof of income and address required


Sodus Point United Methodist Church Food Pantry 315.483.4540

7490 South Ontario St.,Sodus Point

Food provided by appointment to Sodus Township residents. Call number above to get the volunteer’s phone number to make an appointment.


Tyre Food Pantry

645 State Rte. 414, Tyre (Seneca County)

Friday March 27th 2-4pm will be distributing boxes/bags of food. Check the Facebook page for updates and to contact the pantry: https://www.facebook.com/tyrereformedchurch/

Pantry will not be operating during the month of April. At the end of April a determination will be made whether to re-open for May. 


Williamson United Methodist Church 315.589.8622

4146 E. Main St., Williamson315.926.9438(Naomi Fisher, Director)

Mondays 5:30 to 6:30pm, Tuesdays and Thursday from 9am to 12pm

Pre-filled bags will be handed out during pantry hours. 

Wayne Co. Rural Ministry Come-Unity Center, Inc. 315.589.8105

4170 E Main St. Williamson

Serving all Wayne County Residents

Food Pantry: Food boxes are given based on number of people in the household. Tuesday – Friday 10am – 11:45am- come to the inside door, give your name and household size and all computer-based information will be filled out by staff. You can call ahead to give name and household size to make the process faster.Food boxes are given once every 30 days, but an extra emergency box can be obtained one time each year. 

Soup kitchen: Lunch-to-go from 12pm to 12:29pm

Mobile Food Pantries

FoodLink Mobile Pantries

Thursday March 19th
– Covenant Life: 1574 Hennessey Road Ontario 14519 (5-7 PM)

Thursday March 26 th
– Lyons Community Center: 9 Manhattan Street Lyons 14489 (4-5:30 PM)

Tuesday March 31 st
– Sodus Intermediate School: 54 Mill Street, Sodus, NY 14551 (4-5:30 PM)

OTHER MOBILE FOOD PANTRY SITE INFORMATION: Call 211 or visit  https://211lifeline.org/taxonomy.php?&tax=BD&county[]=WAY&tax=BD-1800

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 Institute on Aging website is easy to use, featuring basic health and wellness information for older adults. Find information on how 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.USDA Nutrition

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.

Last updated March 25, 2020