Food Distribution Programs

Food Pantries, Meals, and other Programs Served by Friendship Donations Network in Tompkins and nearby counties

Friendship Donations Network (FDN) provides donations of fresh food to the programs listed below. Call before you go to confirm schedule and verify new pickup procedures.

Updated November 29, 2021

Other free food-related resources in our region: 

Mondays:

  • Ithaca Kitchen Cupboard at Salvation Army, 150 N. Albany St, Ithaca: 1:30–3pm, 273-2400. Closed 12/27. 
  • Loaves and Fishes Meals to-go at St. John’s Church, 210 N Cayuga St, Ithaca: 12-1pm.
  • 1st and 3rd Mondays: Caroline Food Pantry at Brooktondale Community Center, 524 Valley Rd, Brooktondale: 5-7pm. Call 539-6810 to find your assigned pickup time. For Caroline residents only.
  • 2nd Mondays: Special Lansing Pantry at The Rink, 1767 East Shore Drive, Lansing: 10am-12pm, 379-7245.
  • 3rd Mondays: Ithaca Free Clinic Food Pharmacy, 2p-6p by appointment only at 521 W Seneca St.  Call (607) 330-1254 or email clinic@ithacahealth.org to set up an appointment.
  • 4th Mondays: Lansing Pantry at the Rink, 1767 East Shore Drive, Lansing 1-3:00pm, 379-7245.
  • St. John’s Community Services, 618 W. State St Ithaca; Pantry open 9am–9pm, 354-8990.
  • YMCA of Ithaca & Tompkins County, 50 Graham Rd: 11:30am–5:30pm. For updates: https://www.ithacaymca.com.

Tuesdays:

  • Healthy Tuesdays @ Groton Public Library, Groton: starting at 1pm. Call 898-5055 for more info.
  • Immaculate Conception Church Food Pantry, 113 N. Geneva St., Ithaca (corner of Seneca and Geneva Sts), 1:00pm.
  • Ithaca Kitchen Cupboard at Salvation Army, 150 N. Albany St, Ithaca: 1:30–3pm, 273-2400. Closed 12/28.
  • Loaves and Fishes free Meals to-go at St. John’s Church, 210 N Cayuga St, Ithaca: 5:30-6:30pm.
  • St. John’s Community Services, 618 W. State St Ithaca; Pantry open 9am–9pm, 354-8990.
  • Tompkins Community Action Pantry, 701 Spencer Rd, Ithaca, 1-4pm. Order online at https://tcaction.org/ or call 273-8816. Closed 12/24 through 1/2/22.

Wednesdays: 

  • Baptized Church of Jesus Christ, 412 First St, Ithaca: 10am-12pm.
  • Bread of Life Food Pantry, 1 Water St., Candor: 3-5:30pm. Open to residents of the Candor School district. Closed 12/22.
  • Ithaca Kitchen Cupboard at Salvation Army, 150 N. Albany St., Ithaca: 1:30–3pm, 273-2400. Closed 12/29.
  • Loaves and Fishes Meals to-go at St. John’s Church, 210 N Cayuga St, Ithaca: 12-1pm.
  • St. John’s Community Services, 618 W. State St Ithaca; Pantry open 9am–9pm, 354-8990.
  • Tompkins Community Action Pantry, 701 Spencer Rd, Ithaca, 10am-1pm. Order online at https://tcaction.org/ or call 273-8816. Closed on 12/24 through 1/2/22.
  • 1st and 3rd Wednesdays: Newfield Kitchen Cupboard. 227 Main St, Newfield: 1–2pm and 6-7pm.

Thursdays:

  • Ithaca Kitchen Cupboard at Salvation Army. 150 N. Albany St., Ithaca. 1:30–3pm, 273-2400. Closed on 12/30. 
  • Loaves and Fishes Meals to-go at St. John’s Church, 210 N Cayuga St, Ithaca: 5:30-6:30pm.
  • St. John’s Community Services, 618 W. State St Ithaca; Pantry open 9am–9pm, 354-8990.
  • Tompkins Community Action Pantry, 701 Spencer Rd, Ithaca, 10am-1pm. Order online at https://tcaction.org/ or call 273-8816. Closed 12/24 through 1/2/22.
  • 2nd and Last Thursdays: Spencer Van Etten Food Cupboard, Orchard St, by the old Dollar Store, Spencer: 9–11am. Open to residents of the Spencer-Van Etten School district. Check for updates: https://www.facebook.com/svefoodcupboard/
  • 3rd Thursdays: Danby Food Pantry at the Danby Federated Church, 1859 Danby Rd., Danby, 4–6pm, 273-7850.
  • No More Tears/No Mas Lagrimas 301 S. Geneva St. at the Henry St. John Building, 3-5pm. Most Thursdays, check NML Facebook page for updates. 

Fridays:

  • Interlaken Reformed Church Pantry. 8315 Main St, Interlaken: 3–6pm.
  • Ithaca Kitchen Cupboard at Salvation Army. 150 N. Albany St., Ithaca: 1–2:30pm, 273-2400. Closed 12/31. 
  • Loaves and Fishes Meals to-go at St. John’s Church, 210 N Cayuga St, Ithaca: 12-1:00pm.
  • St. John’s Community Services, 618 W. State St, Ithaca; Pantry open 9am–9pm, 354-8990.
  • YMCA of Ithaca & Tompkins County, 50 Graham Rd: 11:30am–5:30pm. For updates: https://www.ithacaymca.com. 12/24 hours will be 11am–2pm. 

Saturdays:

  • St. John’s Community Services, 618 W. State St Ithaca; Pantry open 9am–9pm. 354-8990.
  • Salvation Army Meals to-go, 150 N. Albany St, Ithaca: 12pm, 273-2400. Closed 12/25.
  • 1st and Last Saturdays: Southside Community Center Pantry, 305 S. Plain St, Ithaca: 12-2pm.
  • 2nd Saturdays: Congers Mobile Home Park community food distribution
  • 3rd Saturdays: Calvary Baptist Church Pantry, 507 N. Albany St, Ithaca: 10am-12pm.
  • 3rd Saturday: Baptized Church of Christ, 412 First St, Ithaca: 10am-12:30pm.
  • 4th Saturday: McLean Community Church Pantry, 50 Church St, McLean: 1:30-2:15pm. Closed on 12/25. 

Sundays:

  • Reach Out For Christ Church Pantry, 318 Johnson Road, Freeville: 1:15–1:45pm, call or text 607.224.8822 to check for food availability.
  • New Testament Church of Peruville, 1380 State Route 34B Groton: 12pm, 898-5287.
  • Salvation Army MEAL. 150 N. Albany St, Ithaca: 3pm. 273-2400. Closed 12/26. 
  • Overlook Apartments (Alternating Sundays Dec. 5, 19, Jan. 2, 16, 30): Community Room, 1263 Trumansburg Rd, Ithaca: 10:30am.
  • St. John’s Community Services, 618 W. State St Ithaca; Pantry open 9am–9pm. 354-8990.

Friendship Donations Network is also partnering with the following community programs to distribute food donations during this time: 

  • Black Hands Universal
  • Child Development Council
  • Cortland County Family YMCA
  • Cortland Mutual Aid
  • Finger Lakes ReUse
  • Garden Apartments
  • GIAC
  • Ithaca Free Clinic
  • Ithaca Youth Bureau / Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Mutual Aid of the Finger Lakes
  • Mutual Aid Tompkins
  • No Mas Lagrimas | No More Tears
  • Nourish Tompkins
  • OAR
  • Operation Soup Pot Love
  • Quarter Acre for the People, a project of Khuba International
  • Rainbow Healing Center
  • REACH Medical
  • Second Wind Cottages
  • Tompkins Community Action
  • Tompkins County Mental Health Services
  • Village at Ithaca

Contact us via email at info@friendshipdonations.org or call 607-216-9522 if you would like to donate food or help distribute food.

Friendship Donations Network rescues fresh, nutritious food that would otherwise be thrown away from stores and farms and redistributes it to neighbors in need. We provide food donations to hunger relief programs that serve more than 2000 people a week, and divert over 1,000 lbs. of good food from local landfill every day. A model of efficiency, founded in 1988 by Sara Pines, we are almost entirely volunteer-run. Learn more at: www.friendshipdonations.org.