​​​​Ovid Federated Church

Monday: 10 AM to 1 PM
[emergencies by appointment only]

SS Ecumenical Food Pantry
c/o Ovid Federated Church
PO Box 340, Ovid, NY 14521

WELCOME: There is no application or requirement to participate in this program.  Come as you are from wherever you are.  However, there must be at least one adult representing your household.

Ovid Federated Church
7137 N. Main Street
Ovid, NY 14521

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 as early as 8 AM to serve those who may have a medical appointment or 
employment.  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” and have a seat. 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.

Participation Process

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:

WHAT YOU NEED: Bags are provided, but you might want to bring whatever you need to carry your food to your car (i.e., carts, wagons, etc.).

ARRIVAL: Please use the main (double-door) entrance to the building. Upon entering the building (after 2 PM), each household will be provided with a number and invited to wait in the sanctuary.  Please do not arrive early and please do not wait in the hallways or where the truck is unloading.

PROCESS: As numbers are called, participants will proceed to the fellowship hall, sign in, and place their number in the basket before proceeding around the tables where volunteers will assist in the selection of foods.

FROZEN FOODS: Monthly, Foodlink provides a list of frozen food that are available for purchase. Though these items are separate from the distribution of free foods, good quality frozen meats, cheeses, entrees, etc. are offered at a reduced price.  Please see one of the volunteers during the mobile pantry for more information.

HOMEBOUND: Individuals who are homebound may ask a family member, friend or neighbor to pick up food from the truck. Homebound individuals must send a note of request along with a photo identification.

Every Other Tuesday:
3 PM to 5 PM