Samaritan Center LogoThe Samaritan Center in Chemung County

SUMMER Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10am – 3:30pm; Tuesday: 10am – 4pm (closed for lunch from noon – 1pm); Friday: 10am – 1pm
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.

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

The Schuyler Outreach Food Pantry logo_schuyleroutreach

Hours: Tuesday: 9am—2pm; Thursday: 9am—2pm, Friday: Noon—4pm
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 (when available).
  • There is also a Mobile Food Pantry on site on the 1st Saturday of each month from 10am – 11am.
  • 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. Please click here for a complete list of participating pantries.

Want to save money at the store? Want to buy healthy foods for your family? Need some tasty and healthy recipes? If you said yes, come join us for a free guided grocery store tour!

Find Summer Meal Sites for kids under 18!

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

Starting July 1, 2016, the Food Bank of the Southern Tier will no longer distribute soda, energy drinks, and candy to partner agencies and through its direct service programs such as the Mobile Food Pantry. For more information on this new policy, including the background, rationale, and some commonly asked questions, please click here for a letter on the Food Bank’s website.

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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.