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 after-school site "The Place" I brought a prepared recipe of BBQ lentils for the children to sample. Children tend to get easily turned off when they hear 'lentils,' unwilling to try them, so it was described as homemade baked beans. As they were all enjoying their samples one little boy named Alex said,"'I have never had homemade baked beans like this. I have only had them with bacon and these are really good!" He asked for a second sample because he loved them so much! Beans can sometimes be a hard sell, especially for kids, so this was truly a huge success story!