Strong Families from the Start


Cuties for Food page

Proper nutrition is a big part of raising happy, healthy kids like these two cuties photographed at Neighborhood House

There are great resources in Cayuga County if you have any questions or about child nutrition, or if you need any assistance in getting quality food.

A key starting point is WIC (315-253-1406): the Women, Infinant, and Children Supplimental Food Program. Many people who may not realize it qualify food subsidies under the program, which administered locally by the Cayuga County Health Department. Additionally, even if you don't qualify, many WIC counselors can suggest other programs and forms of assistance. WIC also has certified lactation specialists and run a breast-feeding support group, which are open to residents whether they qualify for the food subsidy or not.

Here's some other local food resources, starting with food pantries. Soup kitchens and additional resources are below.

Calvary Food Pantry CNY Inc., 90 Franklin St., Auburn; use Capitol St. Door; Monday & Wednesday, 10am – 6pm; Friday, 10 am -2:00 pm (appointments appreciated); leave message for Nancy at (315) 252-7772.

First Love Ministries Food Pantry, 151 Wall St., Auburn; Open Monday & Friday 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm (Closed whenever Community Caring is having a “Produce or Food Giveaway”, or otherwise posted on the door); contact Lorraine at Phone: (315) 252-4164 or 253-5846.

St. Alphonsus Food Pantry, 85 E. Genesee St., Auburn; Monday – Saturday, 9:00 am - 11:30 am; 30 day interval if available (or emergency); contact Food Pantry at  (315) 252-0710 - response to message within 24 hrs.

The Salvation Army Food Pantry, 18 E. Genesee St., Auburn; Monday - Friday, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm; 30 day interval if available; Phone: (315) 253-0319.

Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency, Inc., Site II, Family Development; Corner of Clark St. & Brookfield Pl., Auburn; Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 am - 5:00pm; 1 week interval;  (315) 252-0038 ext. 267, or ask for Family Development.

Community Caring Center, 151 Wall St., Auburn. Produce Giveaways as advertised in The Citizen or on Time Warner Community Affairs; contact Ina at  (315) 253-3437.

Cato Christian Food Pantry, 2570 E. Main St., Cato; Names beginning with “A-L” on 3rd Thursday; Name beginning with “M-Z” on 4th Thursday, 5:30pm - 7:00pm.; 30 day interval; contact Connie or Viryl at (315) 626-2734.

Fair Haven Community Church Food Cupboard, Richmond Ave., Fair Haven; 3rd Tuesday of month, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm; emergency appointment contact Penny at  (315) 947-6233.

Genoa Food Pantry, United Church of Genoa, 10070 State Route 90, Genoa; serves Southern Cayuga School District; 3rd Saturday of each month from 9:00 -10:30 am; contact Esther at (607) 533-0093 or Fran at  (315) 730-0154.

King Ferry Food Pantry, Our Lady of the Lake Church, 8703 Route 90, King Ferry; serves Southern Cayuga School District and Migrant/Immigrant Farmworkers; Open any day by appointment or on the 1st Saturday of each month from 9:30 am – 12 noon, and other days by appointment; contact Debbie at Phone: (315) 497-2049.

Community Food Pantry, Loc-Mor Thrift Store, Moravia; serves Moravia School District; normal distribution every 2 months; call Mary at (315) 497-0977.

Port Byron Community Food Pantry, First United Methodist Church, 8510 South St., Port Byron; 1st & 3rd Wednesday from 12:00 – 2:00 pm; 2nd & 4th Wednesday from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm; leave message for Betty at (315) 776-5156.

Throopsville Community Church Reach-out, 2026 Turnpike Rd.; Thursday, 4:30pm – 6:30pm; Phone: 253-7850 (leave message), Phone: 253-4753 or 246-4659 (emergencies only).

Western Cayuga County Emergency Food Pantry, Trinity United Church of Christ, corner of N. Cayuga & Chapel St., Union Springs; serves Union Spring School District; leave message for the Food Pantry at (315) 889-7302.

Brutus-Sennett Food Pantry, First Baptist Church, 2707 Liberty St, Weedsport; 2nd & 4th Monday, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm; 30 day interval if available (or emergency); Contact Marguerite at Phone: (315) 834-6749.


First Love Fellowship, 99 Wall St., Auburn; Monday – Friday, 11:45 am - 1:00 pm.

SS. Peter & John, 169 Genesee St., Auburn; Saturday, 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm.

The Salvation Army, 18 E. Genesee St., Auburn; Sunday, 4:30 - 5:30 pm.


Cayuga County Farm-Fresh Markets (link opens a PDF link of markets.)

Cayuga Grows! – A community garden networking group to coordinate community gardening efforts throughout the county. The goal of Cayuga Grows! is to educate families in gardening to decrease hunger, increase the health of families, and build community. For more information contact the Cayuga County Health Department at 253-1560, and/or check out this article from The Citizen.

Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play – A program of the Cayuga County Health & Human Services with a goal to improve poor nutrition and physical activity. They are working on community gardens, increasing access to local farmers’ markets, and increasing exercise opportunities. (315) 253-1156 for more information.

Food$en$e - in Cayuga County offers the opportunity to stretch your food budget by purchasing quality food at a discount. For $15.50 paid in advance with cash or food stamps you get 13-15 items including fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and groceries. Food $en$e is a not-for-profit food buying program made possible through the Food Bank of Central New York. To order or arrange to sign up in Auburn, call Suzanne Norton (315) 253-5759.

Food Stamps – Administered by Cayuga County Dept. of Health & Human Services, Division for Temporary and Disability Assistance. (315) 253-1265 for information.

School Lunch Program - Free or reduced price school lunches. Eligibility based on income guidelines available from school districts.


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