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The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting communities all over the world, including in South Central New York. Food access during this time is difficult for many in our community. We compiled the following resources for your reference!

South Central New York COVID-19 Food Resources

Resources for Buying from Local Farm & Food Businesses
While farmers' markets and many local food stores remain open, there are also a variety of resources to help you connect directly with local farms, including options for home delivery and pre-orders. 

Broome County Regional Farmers Market Vendor Directory - a resource if you are interested in supporting local agriculture by purchasing goods from the Broome County Regional Farmers Market vendors with minimal contact.

Farms Serving Tompkins County: 2020 Directory - a resource if you are interested in purchasing local food from farms serving Tompkins County.

Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship Farmer Directory - this resource can help connect you to local farms offering their products for sale in the Catskills region. 

FaHN's South Central NY Farm Directory -  if you represent a farm that is offering farm products through an existing farm stand or store or you are interested in offering products in a weekly local food box program, please complete this survey form. All offerings and farms will be available in this directory, which will be updated regularly.

Buy Local Food NY - this resource will help support Chemung, Cortland, Schuyler, Tioga, and Tompkins county residents in buying local food and supporting local farms. 

Pure Catskills - if you are a local of the Catskills region, you can find assistance for buying from local farms with this resource.

We encourage you to support local and regional food producers in this time. Family farmers and food producers are under strain. There are actions that Congress and USDA can take now to unlock already-appropriated funding to support them. Harvard Law School's Food Law and Policy Clinic and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition have an overview of these actions
here. Additional information about supporting local and regional food systems in COVID-19 reponse is available here.


General Food Resources
COVID-19 Grocery Store Service Inventory - this resource includes information on grocery stores in Broome, Tioga, Delaware, Chenango, and Otsego counties regarding hours of operation, hours for vulnerable populations, instructions for curbside pickup and delivery, and other COVID-19 updates.

2-1-1 is an excellent resource for a variety of needs and community resources, including food assistance. Information is available online or by calling 211.
SNAP/WIC - if you qualify, food assistance is available from your local Department of Social Services. Here is a link to check your eligibility and/or apply online. 
 
Food Bank of the Southern Tier - Find Food Tool (Includes Broome, Chemung, Tioga, and Tompkins Counties) - find food access sites near you.

Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York Find Food - (Includes Otsego and Delaware Counties)

Food Bank of Central New York - (Includes Chenango and Cortland Counties)

Delaware Opportunities - has compiled many COVID-19 resources, including resources on finding food on their website. 

 
Catholic Charities - provides disaster services, home health services, residential services, mental health services, youth, family, and community services, and food pantries. There are Catholic Charities serving BroomeDelaware-Otsego-Schoharie, Tompkins-Tioga, Chenango, Cortland, and Chemung & Schuyler. Reach out to your local Catholic Charities for more specific information.


For Children
Broome-Tioga BOCES School Meal Pick Up - for school aged children. Contact Rock on Cafe School Nutrition Services for more information, including lunch pick up schedule. Visit their Facebook page here for updated schedule information. Outside of Broome and Tioga schools, free meals for students are available daily throughout the region. Please contact your school district or 2-1-1 for the most up to date information.
 
COVID-19 Response: Free Lunch Locations - many local restaurants are also offering free meals to children during this time. For more information, you can call 211 or visit their Facebook page here.

 
For Seniors
Office for Aging & Meals on Wheels- for meal delivery information and other services such grocery shopping, contact your county's Office for Aging and Meals on Wheels program. Broome County is linked; please contact your local county offices for more county-specific information.


For Local Farms & Businesses
Interim Guidance for the Operation of Farmers' Markets- here is a resource by NYS Agriculture and Markets outlining steps that can be taken for farmers' markets to remain safely operational during this time. 
 

Grant Funding Opportunities

COVID-19 Response Funds
Response to non-profit needs related to COVID-19 in Broome, Tioga, Delaware, Otsego, and Chenango counties.

Donate here. Non-profits: Apply here.

No Kid Hungry Coronavirus Grant Request
Application deadline: ongoing.
Learn more here.

American Farmland Trust Farmer Relief Fund
Application deadline: April 23, 2020.
Learn more here.

Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program
Application deadline: May 18, 2020. Learn more here.

Regional Food System Partnership Grant Program
Application deadline: May 26, 2020. Learn more here.

Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP)
Application deadline: May 26, 2020. Learn more here.

Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP)
Application deadline: May 26, 2020. Learn more here.

Community Food Projects (CFP) Competitive Grants Program
Application deadline: June 3, 2020. Learn more here.


 
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