Food Near You
There are many ways to get fresh, healthy food at a low cost in our area!
Your EBT/Food Stamp/SNAP card is welcome at a farmers market near you, making it simple to bring home nutritious food. From just-picked produce to wholesome meat, dairy, and bread products, you’ll find it all at your local farmers market.
Making ends meet during difficult times can be easier with help from the right programs and other community resources. Southern Tier ESNY works with many local food assistance programs to help families, individuals and seniors find and access food resources that best meet their needs.
Free Meals for Youth
In addition to free meals at school, there are several programs that allow childcare providers to provide nutritious meals and snacks to children after-school and during the summer months. Check back here soon for a complete listing of locations that provide free meals for youth!
At the end of a talk about snacking on fruits and vegetables at the YMCA in Norwich, ESNY educator, Whitney, asked youth participants to come up with new vegetables they would like to try. The group decided they wanted to try eggplant! With eggplant in mind, Whitney came up with a food that she thought kids would love—eggplant pizzas! The next week at the YMCA, she did a food demonstration showing the group how they could make eggplant pizzas at home. The pizzas were a hug hit! One youth participant, Meadow, asked her mom if they could go to the store on the way home to buy some eggplant and make the pizzas at home. Meadow also told her mom that while the eggplant pizzas were cooking they smelled just like pizza she had gotten on the boardwalk in New Jersey! All of the youth participants gave the pizzas two thumbs up!