Welcome to the Food Finder & Other Helpful Resources
Our Food Finder is an interactive application that allows you to identify emergency food resources serving you. By entering your home address, you will find information for your home food pantry, meal site(s) and soup kitchen(s) near you, registration information for an upcoming Mobile Food Pantry in your county, and the nearest Fresh Foods distribution. When available, Food $en$e and Summer Feeding Program site information will also be included. You will also have access to information regarding assistance in applying for SNAP and WIC.
2020 Income Eligibility Guidelines
Each year, the USDA lists guidelines for household income, based on family size, to determine eligibility and the amount of food received at a food pantry. You will never be required to provide proof of income to receive assistance, although a verbal affirmation of eligibility is often necessary. See the 2020 income eligibility guidelines here.
First Time Visiting a Pantry?
If you are visiting a food pantry for the first time, you will likely be required to provide proof of residence within the pantry's service area. This information can be provided with a piece of mail delivered to your home address or P.O box or any valid form of I.D. with your address listed. Although the first time visiting any emergency resource can sometimes be worrisome due to fears of judgment or self-doubt, rest assured that every human has a right to receive food, and there is no shame or lowering of dignity in getting help to do so.
Right to Receive Assistance
Every individual, regardless of age, race, color, religion, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, family status, military status, or any other status protected by law has the right to receive food assistance from the Food Bank of Central New York's programs and partner agencies. Additional information regarding rights to food access can be found in the Guest Bill of Rights (available in Spanish here).
USDA Non-Discrimination Statement
In accordance with Federal Civil Rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Civil Rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior credible activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.