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Visit our Food Pantry links for daily pantries & meal sites in Tompkins 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 Programs

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:

Meals on Wheels Programs & Services of Rockland- Meals and Wheels Programs & Services of Rockland offers a meal delivery service to any Rockland County resident who is a shut-in due to illness, physical handicap or advanced age and who cannot shop or cook for themselves.

Rockland Community Against Hunger- Founded in 2011, the Rockland Community Against Hunger (RCAH) brings together a network of food pantries & feeding programs, the local Food Bank and local social services agencies. Our primary goal is to provide information about food sources and food-related services, raise awareness of hunger in Rockland County, mobilize support among public and private resources, and educate the community about food and nutrition. To view a list of the food pantries in your area visit their website here!  you can also visit them at 209 N Route 9w, Congers, NY 10920, call: +1 845 268-8023  or E-mail: INFO@rocklandhunger.org

Food Bank of the Hudson Valley: The Food Bank of the Hudson Valley is dedicated to alleviating hunger, while preventing the waste of wholesome food. It is a branch of the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and a member of Feeding America, the national food bank network. Working in partnership with the food industry, the Food Bank collects large donations of unmarketable but still edible food, and distributes it to charitable agencies feeding hungry people in a six county region. In 2014, the Food Bank provided more than 12 million pounds of food to nearly 400 member agencies in Orange, Ulster, Dutchess, Rockland, Sullivan, and Putnam counties.Today, the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley in conjunction with the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, serves over 1,000 member agencies in 23 counties from the Canadian border to the Westchester border. To view the food bank of the Hudson Valley resorces in your area click here!

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 . 

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 Rockland County, and other WIC resources on this website Rockland County Health Department . Or  Call (845) 364-2577 for an appointment and more information, or call one of the WIC offices below:

  • Monsey WIC - (845) 426-6351 - 23 Robert Pitt Drive, Suite 103, Monsey - Monday to Friday
  • Spring Valley WIC - (845) 426-0971 English or (845) 426-0972 Spanish - 14 South Main Street, Spring Valley - Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • Haverstraw WIC - (845) 429-5525 - 26 New Main Street, Haverstraw - Wednesdays and Thursdays
  • New Square WIC - (845) 364-3329 - 9 Jackson Avenue, New Square - Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Nyack WIC - (845) 353-6037 - 58 DePew Avenue, Nyack - Mondays

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.

Last updated February 12, 2020