Community & Social Service Resources

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Child Care & After School Programs

Family Services

Foodbanks, Pantries & Soup Kitchens

General Assistance

Home Assistance

Pet Assistance

Senior Assistance

Child Care and After School Programs

HOME Inc., After School Programs:

  • Provides care for students with special needs enrolled  in public school from 2pm-6pm

Catholic Charities After School and Summer Programs, Onondaga County

  • Offers after school and summer programs for children in several locations around Syracuse

Boys and Girls Club of Syracuse

  • Provides after school enrichment programs for children and teens

Neighborhood Recreation Centers

  • Youth recreation centers run by the city of Syracuse providing after school and summer programs, complete list of locations can be found online

Family Services

New Hope Family Services Outreach Center
1401 S Salina Syracuse, NY

  • Provides diapers, baby clothing, formula, and other childcare items when available. Call for hours: (315) 437-8300

Onondaga County Child and Family Services

  • Provides a number of services for families, including low cost child care and home lead inspections.

Foodbanks, Pantries & Soup Kitchens

All Faiths Food Pantry
406 Court St Syracuse, NY 13208

  • Food pantry open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11am - 2:45pm

Assumption Church Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen
808 N Salina St, Syracuse NY

  • Provides food parcels once a month to families that equal 9 meals.
  • Open 9:30 to 12:30 Monday through Friday, must bring photo ID and proof of address.
  • Soup kitchen offers free bagged lunch to anyone, no questions asked.
  • No proof of residence required.
  • Open Monday through Sunday from 11am-1pm, and Monday through Friday 4pm-5pm

Catholic Charities of Onondaga County

Offers assistance for:

  • medication co-pays
  • a food pantry
  • homeless shelter for men
  • and relocation services.

Grace Episcopal Church Food Pantry
819 Madison St, Syracuse, NY 13210

  • Client choice pantry, open from 9am-11am on Thursdays

Jamesville Ecumenical Pantry
6486 E Seneca Turnpike Jamesville, NY 13078

  • Food pantry, open Monday and Wednesday 10am-1pm and
  • every third Saturday 9am-11am.


  • Several locations around the city, offers emergency food services and gives referrals to other food banks

Rescue Mission
155 Gifford Street

  • Soup kitchen open 7 days a week, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Saint Lucy’s Church Food Pantry
425 Gifford St

  • Client choice pantry, opens at 11am Tuesday through Thursday, and Sunday
  • Soup kitchen provides lunch on Wednesdays, 11am until 12:30pm

Saint Margaret’s Food Pantry

  • Food pantry open Monday through Thursday, also provides personal care items, pet food, and SNAP counseling.

Saint Paul’s Food Pantry
22 Davis Street

  • Open Tuesdays 4:30pm-5:30pm
  • Wednesday and Friday mornings 10am - noon

Samaritan Center
215 N State St Syracuse, NY

  • Soup kitchen open seven days a week, all year.
  • Breakfast served Monday through Friday 7:30am-8:30am.
  • Lunch served 3:30-4:30 Monday through Thursday, 1:30-2:30 on Fridays, weekends and holidays.

Solvay Lakeland Church
1001 Woods Rd Solvay, NY 13209

  • Food pantry at Solvay location open 9am-1pm Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 6pm-8pm Thursdays

Southwest Community Center Nutrition Support Program

  • Food pantry open first and last Tuesday of every month, ID for each family member is required.
  • Fresh food giveaway on the third Friday of every month, starts around 2pm. Provides fresh fruit, vegetables, and whole grains.

University United Methodist Church
324 University Ave Syracuse, NY 13210

  • Clothes closet and food pantry open from 10am until noon.
  • Community breakfast available 9am until 11am on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month.

General Assistance

American Red Cross

  • Provides disaster relief to those in need, including food, shelter, and medical care. Contact (315) 234-2200 for assistance, available 24/7.
  • Free smoke detectors and other fire safety materials available for by request.
  • Emergency training courses available.

Center for Community Alternatives

  • Organization that seeks to reduce community dependence on incarceration. Provides assistance to youth at risk, families in crisis, those who were incarcerated, as well as sentence mitigation.
  • Open Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm. Contact 315-422-5638 for more information.

Onondaga 211

  • Online resource directory that connects people with health and human resources

Salvation Army

  • Provides numerous services to the Central New York area including child care, youth shelters, day camps, senior housing services, in home services for the elderly, adult shelters, and mental health services.

Support Groups

  • A list of support groups in the Syracuse area compiled by Psychology Today

Syracuse Dunbar Association

  • Offers services for seniors, community programs, and after school programs for children and teens  

Syracuse Housing Authority

  • Provides low cost housing to those eligible in the Syracuse area

Upstate New York Poison Center

  • 24 hour telephone service handled by Upstate Hospital, assists people concerned about potential poisonings.

Westcott Community Center

  • Provides services for the public including a computer lab, National Grid consumer advocacy, a farmers market, lawyer clinic, and services for seniors.    

Healthcare Assistance

Adolescent Health Initiative

  • Provides STI and HIV testing, preventative services, and educational programs for young adults aged 18-22, including services for LGBTQ young adults.   

The STD Center

  • Provides STD testing, no one turned away for inability to pay and no appointments necessary.   

Home Assistance

Energy & Housing, PEACE, Inc.

  • Helps make homes more energy efficient to reduce energy bills.
  • Open Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4:00pm

Home Energy Assistance Program

  • Provides assistance with energy and heating costs for low income houses, as well as repairing and replacing heating equipment. Must apply at the link below.

Pet Assistance

5878 E Molloy Rd

  • Offers education programs, adoption, and a pet food pantry for those in need. No documentation needed to access the pantry

Hardeko Helping Paws Pantry
309 N Main Street

  • Pet food pantry, no documentation required

University United Methodist Church

  • Offers a pet food pantry in addition to the regular pantry

Senior Assistance

Baldwinsville Senior Center

  • Serves those over 60 living in Baldwinsville , Lysander, and Van Buren.
  • Offers activities and assistance.

Camillus Senior Citizens Center

  • Serves as a gathering place for the community’s seniors, offering activities as well as resources for senior related issues.     

Syracuse Senior Centers

  • Run by the city of Syracuse, the locations provide entertainment, health screenings, legal services, and daily lunches. 

Westcott Community Center, Senior Day Program

  • Offers lunch at noon Monday through Friday for seniors, suggested donation of $3, no one is turned away.