Need Knows No Season: Wayne County food pantries require year-round support

During the holidays, food drives and the ringing of bells outside stores are a familiar thing, and our community rises to the occasion. However, after the lights and trees come down, the need for donations does not.

Wayne County is home to 23 food pantries, across 15 towns. The food pantries are located in churches, community centers, and former businesses. The pantries are available to community members who qualify for emergency food, however each pantry has individual parameters for eligibility. Those with internet access can review a complete list of pantries, by town, with eligibility requirement information, hours, locations, and contact info. online at

Pantries receive food donations through a variety of sources such as local churches, individual donations, and community organizations. Additional funding and donations can also be obtained through Foodlink and from FEMA Grants for assistance with food, rent, and utility bills. Annual food drives also provide the largest quantity of donations, as well, often organized through schools, and the annual “Scouting For Food” initiative. According to the Cub Scout Pack #166 of Macedon and Palmyra website, in 2013, “more than 100 tons of food and clothing were collected and distributed in Monroe, Ontario and Wayne counties. Nearly 10,000 volunteers are involved in this annual collection drive that helped stock the shelves at over 80 local food pantries.”

In addition to their daily work with community members in need, some pantries, like the Macedon Food Pantry, also offer a Christmas Program. Macedon’s program provides the needy of Macedon with a holiday food box and a Christmas gift for each member of their family. As per the Social Ministry Committee of St. Katharine Drexel Parish website, invitations to participate in the program are sent to members of the pantry program, and other Macedon residents in need. For this program, donations are received from Macedon Churches, Girl and Boy Scouts, 4-H, the Palmyra-Macedon Schools, several local businesses and stores, and parishioners. Volunteers are then assembled to pack, wrap, and deliver the baskets to their intended recipients. This year the program served roughly 130 families comprised of over 400 individuals with addresses within the Town of Macedon, almost half of them with school-aged children.

One volunteer of the Macedon Food Pantry is Mrs. Heather Keenan. She has served on the committee for the past 14 years, and has been stocking shelves for the past 3, alongside her two children. She explained the greatest need of the pantry is food. “Healthy items like applesauce and other canned fruits and vegetables, along with staples like peanut butter, jelly, and cereals are items that go fast from our shelves. Personal products likes shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes and soap are nice extras, since they can be expensive at the store. Some other items that are gratefully appreciated include laundry or dish detergent and paper products.”

Another community resource available is the Meals-On-Wheels program. Home Meal Service, Inc. is Wayne County’s Meals-On-Wheels provider whose purpose is to provide and deliver hot meals to home-bound persons living within the county. According to the county’s website, Meals-on-Wheels assists with better health through nutrition. Because mealtime preparation can become a challenge for individuals who are recuperating from an illness or who are too ill or frail to prepare a meal, the program can assist and provide nutritious meals to those in need. Primarily Meals-On-Wheels serves elderly residents, (age 60 or over) however individuals who have no support at their homes on a consistent basis and are physically unable to shop and/or prepare meals due to extenuating circumstances may also be eligible. The program is also available to persons under age 60 who are physically handicapped or terminally ill, although the number of these participants is limited due to funding. It is recommended those who are interested in participation, volunteering, or donating call the office at 315-483-6111 for more information.

If you are in need of assistance, or would like to become involved as a volunteer or donor, please contact your local food pantry to obtain more information. A list of current locations with contact information follows below.


Clyde United Methodist
Church Food Pantry
84 Sodus St., Clyde

St. John’s Food Pantry
St. John’s Church,
43 W. DeZeng St. Clyde,


Fairville Presbyterian Church
Rte. 88, Newark


Church of Christ of Newark
44 William St., Lyons

Lyons Community Food Pantry
11 Queen Street, Lyons
(First Presbyterian Church)


Macedon Food Pantry
St. Patrick’s Church
(office in St. Anne’s)
52 Main St., Macedon


Second Reformed Church
3757 Mill St., Marion


Newark Food Closet
100 East Miller St., Newark

Church of Christ
219 West Ave., Newark


Cougar Cupboard
11631 Salter Colvin Rd.,Wolcott


Ontario Food Pantry
1932 Ridge Rd., Ontario
(Masonic Temple: lower rear entrance.)

Covenant Life Fellowship
Hennessey Rd., Ontario


Pal-Mac Food Pantry
120 E. Main St., Palmyra
(Zion Episcopal Church)


The Red Creek Food Cupboard
13986 Water St., Red Creek


Rose Emergency Food Pantry
4101 Main St., Rose



Savannah Community Food Cupboard
Grand Ave., Savannah
(St. Patrick Church)


Harvest Fellowship Assembly of God
5790 Rte. 104, Sodus

WEB Support Services
7190 Ridge Rd E., Sodus


Sodus Point United
Methodist Church
749 S. Ontario St., Sodus Point


Pathstone Inc.
4075 Ridge Rd, Williamson

Reedem Bethel Church
Daily Bread Food Pantry
4496 St. Rte. 104E, Williamson

Williamson United Methodist Church
4146 E. Main St., Williamson


Wolcott Presbyterian
11988 W. Main St., Wolcott

  • Stephen Richman

    Williamson Come-Unity Center has been helping our neighbors for years. The old Library at 4710 Ridge Road, east of the middle of the Village. 315-589-8105. New and Gently used clothing. Books, gifts all at discounted prices. Stop in to see what our bread delivery has. Monthly food boxes. Lunches on Tuesdays through Friday at noon, donations accepted. Closed on Sundays and Mondays and Holidays. Tues-Fri. 10 to 4, Saturday 10 to 2. Cash donations to keep us going are always welcome and Tax deductible.