Resources for The Basics


If you are in need of food assistance, please use the Button below to find information about local food pantries, community meal programs and food distribution sites located throughout Foodlink’s 10-county service area. 

American Red Cross

50 Prince Street Rochester, NY 14607


The Red Cross provides financial assistance to veterans and military families through the Military Aid Society program.

The program issues no interest loans to military families showing financial need.

Action for a Better Community

550 East Main Street, Rochester, NY 14607


Action for a Better Community is a Community Action Agency that promotes and provides opportunities for low-income individuals and families to become self-sufficient. Their programs include: Head Start/Early Head Start, Youth Services program, Adult programs, Community and Health Services.

Catholic Family Center

30 Hart Street, Rochester, NY 14605 


The agency provides programs in the core areas of families, housing services, behavioral health and social policy and research. It has many comprehensive programs.

Department of Human Services

111 Westfall Road, Rochester, NY 14620


The main point of contact for the federal government and state of New York assistance. A formal application process is in place for each of these services.

Lifespan of Rochester

1000 Clinton Avenue South, Rochester, NY 14618 


Lifespan provides free, unbiased, nothing-to-sell workshops and one-on-one consultations in several areas that apply to both our aging community and their caregivers.

Provides financial assistance in the form of utility assistance.


400 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607 


PathStone is a private, not-for-profit regional community development and human service organization providing services to farmworkers, low-income families and economically depressed communities.

Project Share 1(800)-599-4327

Project SHARE Heating Fund (PSHF) is another assistance program available to customers who meet the HEAP income guideline, have an active account with NYSEG or RG&E, and have an active disconnect notice. Active duty military members and well-discharged veterans may qualify regardless of income. For more information, call 1-800-599-4327 and ask about the Project SHARE Heating Fund.

St. Francis Xavier Cabrini Parish

316 Bay Street, Rochester, NY, 14605 


Runs a thrift shop for Monroe County and sells used men's, women's and children's clothing.


The Housing Council

75 College Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607 

585-546-3700 x3020

SVF program also will assist veterans with security deposits and/or rent (in addition to utilities).

The Storehouse- Clothing Closet

1050 East Ave. Rochester, New York, 14607 


This location administers a number of resources. For example, the center distributes new or second hand clothing, linens, kitchenware, children's books, toys and even games. Basic needs and emergency assistance is offered.

2nd Chance Breath of Life Community Center

1438 Clifford Avenue, Rochester, NY 14621 


Free Clothing on a weekly basis, some non-perishable food items, other items may be available.

Hours: Wed. 10-2; Thurs. 6-8:30; Sun. 11-1 (by appointment only).

Please call for more information.

Town/Village of East Rochester

333 E Chestnut Street, East Rochester, NY 14445 


This location has household goods such as Bedding/Linen and Kitchenware, baby food/formula, electric and utility bill assistance, medications, and even emergency rental assistance for Monroe County.

The Warrior's Family Assistance Program 


The Department of New York, American Legion Auxiliary targets recently deployed and recently discharged Veterans of the Iraq War, and current Veterans, offering multiple areas of support.

Veterans Outreach Center

459 South Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620 


Housing and Temporary Financial Assistance available; 

A Case manager will help you create an Individual Development Plan in which

you can request assistance from any of the following on-site partners:

• Housing rent or utilities Limited Time Durational Temporary Financial Assistance

• Assistance with developing a plan to sustain permanent housing stability

• Housing search and placement assistance through The Housing Council of Rochester

• Free legal assistance from Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. (LawNY)

• Veteran-to Veteran mentoring through Compeer CORPS

• Financial Counseling and Coaching Services Financial Counseling

Heating Assistance

800-599-4927 option 8

Ask for the Energy Assistance Dept.