Samaritan Center LogoBoth Pantries are offering a pre-packed food supply, based on family size, available for pick up at the door during regular pantry hours. Anyone in need may visit the Pantries during regular hours and does not need to call ahead.
If someone is in need of something other than food (diapers, formula, personal hygiene items), they should call the Pantry to see if we have the item(s) and can prepare them for pick up at the door.
Both pantries are closed for walk-ins until further notice.
If someone is in need of something else, they may call 607-734-9784 and we will do our best to direct them to the appropriate program/resource.

The Samaritan Center in Chemung County

NEW HOURS starting April 13:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10 am – noon, & 1 pm – 3:30 pm; Tuesday & Thursday: 1 pm – 3 pm

Location: The Samaritan Center, 380 S. Main St. Elmira, NY 14904
Contact: 607.734.4898
Emergency Shelter after 4 PM: 607.732.5954
To access the Food Pantry, individuals must be clients of The Samaritan Center. Enrollment is simple and can be done on your first visit. Please bring social security cards for all members of the family.

food pantry-dad and sonOther onsite services:

  • Clothing (Our Clothing Closet at the Samaritan Center will be closed until further notice as of 3/13/20)
  • Personal Care Items (call for availability and pick up arrangements)
  • Prescription Drug Assistance (call for assistance)
  • Health Insurance Applications (suspended until further notice as of 3/17/20)
  • Emergency Shelter (call for intake information: 607-734-4898)

If you would like to help by donating items, please click here for our list of much-needed items during this time.

The Schuyler Outreach Food Pantry logo_schuyleroutreach

Hours: Tuesday: 9am—2pm; Thursday: Noon—4pm, Friday: 9am—2pm
Location: Schuyler Outreach, 112 Tenth St, Watkins Glen, NY
Contact: 607.535.2815

  • The Schuyler Outreach Food Pantry provides individuals and families with a 3 day supply of food each month. Bread and produce are provided during pantry hours for yourself or your family (when available and by request).
  • Visit The Food Bank of the Southern Tier’s website for other pantry and Mobile Food Pantry locations.

Schuyler Outreach is a proud member of the Schuyler County Food Distribution Network.

Other Agency Services:logo-uw-community-partner

If you would like to help by donating items, please click here for our list of much-needed items during this time.

Clothing Resources:

FOOD BANK VS. FOOD PANTRY – What’s the Difference?

Many communities have a local “food pantry,” sometimes mistakenly called a “food bank.” Most of these community food pantries are sponsored by local area churches and/or community coalitions. A community food pantry’s mission is to “directly serve local residents who suffer from hunger and food insecurity within a specified area.” Independent community food pantries are self-governing and usually distribute food to their clients on a once-a-month basis. This is how The Samaritan Center and Schuyler Outreach operate.

A food bank is a storehouse for millions of pounds of food and other products that go out to the community. A food pantry functions as the arms that reach out to that community directly.

The Food Bank of the Southern Tier’s mission is to “feed the hungry” by providing food to these food pantries for distribution into their respective communities. The Food Bank’s daily operation consists of sourcing and gathering food, sorting and cataloging the food, then warehousing the inventory to be distributed to over 160 member agencies throughout a six-county service area in the Southern Tier.

Food banks and food pantries—they are not the same. But they share the same commitment. The Food Bank of the Southern Tier is proud of their partnership with our food pantries who act on the belief that nobody should ever go hungry. For more information on The Food Bank of the Southern Tier, contact them at 607.796.6061.