Food resources during Covid-19

Food Resources in out Community

Food Access & Planning

Many community members are concerned about consistent access to food during this unique time.

There is a great deal that you can do for your own household to feel secure for the near future and the long run. Community members have also put some systems in place to support each other during this period of uncertainty.


Where to Seek Help Locally

  • Orleans County CCE will hold produce distributions on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of June, July, and August. Call our offices for event details. 585-798-4265
  • Foodlink’s COVID-19 response efforts. Will be updated as the situation evolves. Foodlink is preparing thousands of: (1) healthy meals for distribution to school-age kids, and (2) Emergency Food Supply Boxes (EFSB) for households throughout our service area. Those seeking food assistance are encouraged to call 2-1-1 or text 898-211 to learn about resources throughout our 10-county region. https://foodlinkny.org/fight_hunger/mobile-pantries/#102
  • Eastern Orleans Community Center will be providing take-out lunch meals (Monday – Friday at 11:30am) and emergency food bundles (9am-Noon). Phone: (585) 638-6395. 75 Public Square, Holley, NY 14470
  • Community Action’s Albion office, 409 East State Street, will provide emergency services and food bundles. The food Pantry is open on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, from 8am to 11am, until further notice. Call first. Phone: (585) 589-5605.
  • Calvary Tabernacle Food Pantry: open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am to noon OR by calling (585) 798-3738 for emergency need. 324 Catherine Street Medina, NY 14103
  • Kendall Community Food Cupboard, Kendall United Methodist Church, 1814 Kendall Road, Kendall, 585-659-4073.
  • Arc of Genesee Orleans Meals on Wheels. Call (585) 343-1123.
  • All Orleans County school districts are offering meal distribution sites or grab and go meals. Please contact your child’s school district or look on their website for the updated meal pick up times
  • Community Support Map. https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1VbNCateAVq3Cs0pn4zJdq6TQ3CRNSjYy&ll=42.92764772812752%2C-78.00318784999996&z=9
  • Call 2-1-1. 2-1-1 can provide a full listing of all the emergency feeding partners in our region.
  • People can look at other county CCE sites (Genesee, Erie, Niagara) for food resources if those counties are close to people homes. Those CCE’s are updating their websites as well with this information. 

Your Home Kitchen

Food Planning During the Coronovirus Pandemic from the USDA (including a 2 week meal plan and shopping list)

Suggested Emergency Food Supplies from Ready.gov

Preparing for Social Distancing from Health.Harvard.edu

Simple Recipes to Cook at Home

Tips to Reduce Food Waste from EPA.gov

Canning & Preserving Instructions & Recipes

Clean and Disinfect, from CDC.gov

COVID-19 Consumer Food Safety from the Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University


Contribute to Local Food Supplies

Food Gardening at Home

Grow Microgreens Indoors

Grow Sprouts Indoors

Fact Sheets are often shared between counties. Please contact your local Cooperative Extension for more information on this topic.

Last updated June 23, 2020