AREAS SERVED: People residing in the south end of Seneca County. Though a majority of food pantry participants are from Ovid, the area served spans from the south side of Route 336, to Seneca & Cayuga Lakes, and to the Tompkins & Schuyler County borders.
Persons residing outside of this area will be served on a one-time basis and provided information for food available in their area.
APPLICATION: There is an application process for anyone within the service area who meets the region-based state income guidelines. Applications are updated annually.
WHAT YOU NEED: Information regarding household members, dates of birth, income, address, etc. will be gathered. You will need to bring proof of income for all household members and proof of resident address (i.e., utility bill, school mailing, etc.). If you receive assistance (i.e., medical, food stamps, HEAP, rental, disability, social security, etc.) you will need to provide that information as well.
ARRIVAL: The doors of the pantry open at 10 AM. The entrance is a single door located along the main sidewalk. In the waiting area you will find an envelope hanging from the bulletin board. “Please take a number” take a ticket. Following current COVID-19 regulations, all will need to wear a mask. No more than 3 people should be in the waiting area at a time. Others can wait in their car until a space opens. As numbers are called, a member of each participating household is guided through the process by a volunteer. A log book keeps record of households served and when.
FOOD: Though the food provided is mostly canned and boxed - items with a shelf life, it represents a variety of food groups. The pantry makes every attempt to provide at least one meat and one frozen offering per week. The goal is to provide enough food for several days.
HOUSEHOLD ITEMS: Though food is the first priority, the pantry strives to have toiletries and cleaning supplies available. The distribution of these items tend to be on an emergency (as needed) basis and usually a choice of one item.
FREQUENCY: Households residing in the service area and within the qualifying income guidelines may visit the pantry as needed (up to once per week).
1) If you are new to the area and in need of food, but it is outside of the normal hours of operation, please contact the church office for assistance (607-869-2794).
2) If you need food but are unable to personally attend the pantry during hours, it might be possible to have a box of food delivered.
Today, the food pantry continues to grow not only in space and operation, but in the mission work provided to the residents of the south end of Seneca County. To keep our operating costs down and to meet the ever-increasing needs of our neighbors, the SS Ecumenical Food Pantry relies heavily on donations from the surrounding communities. We accept donations of unopened non-perishable foods with a reasonable shelf life. Monetary gifts may be sent to:
HOURS OF OPERATION:
Monday: 10 AM to 1 PM
[emergencies by appointment only]
Ovid Federated Church
7137 N. Main Street
Ovid, NY 14521
SS Ecumenical Food Pantry
c/o Ovid Federated Church
PO Box 340, Ovid, NY 14521