North Presbyterian Church Food Pantry


Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday


10 am – 12 pm

Mission Statement


     Motivated by Christ’s love, the NPC Food Pantry continues Christ’s work by feeding the unemployed, the working poor, the elderly, and the physically and mentally challenged in the Elmira area.

We strive to foster a caring atmosphere and treat each person with dignity and care about each one as an individual.

We are dedicated to maintaining a continuous growth in services to assist our clients to improve their quality of life.

It is our hope that those who receive food will be strengthened in body and soul.




The North Presbyterian Church Food Pantry was started by the pastor Rev. James Collea and his wife. They started by handing food out from their own cupboard.

A short time later, the people of North Pres Church wanted to help.  A cupboard at the church was filled to hand out food supplies to those in need.

In 1984 the Food Pantry became an agency of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. This allows the Food Pantry to serve more people and to increase the allotment of food given to individual households. The pantry has grown from a cupboard to a large room with a refrigerator, freezers, aisles of shelves, and many larger cupboards. Our outside garden provides fresh vegetables in season. The pantry also gives free clothing to those clients receiving food.




The NPC Food Pantry is not funded by the church budget. Monetary and individual food collection donations come from individuals and groups within our church and our community. We rely solely on those donations.


Requirements to Receive Food


1. Valid I.D.


2. Proof of Address


3. ID for every member in the household receiving food.



We are a “Client Choice” Food Pantry


This means, we do not pack bags of food ahead of time for the clients. The client chooses the food their individual household needs.



The NPC Food Pantry is not funded by the church. we rely solely on monetary and food collection donations from individuals and groups in our community.



How to Donate to the Food Pantry


Monetary Gifts – Please make check payable to NPC Food Pantry and put in the offering plate or send to North Presbyterian Church, 921 College Ave. Elmira, NY 14901.


Non-Perishable Food Gifts – Please drop off during Sunday worship in the basket in the Narthex. Or, drop off at the Food Pantry on: Monday, Wednesday, or Friday from 10:00 am – Noon.


Suggested Food Gifts : Canned soups, fruits, vegetables, and pastas (like Spaghetti O’s). Cereal, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Tuna fish, Ramen Noodles, Spaghetti, Spaghetti Sauce, Macaroni & Cheese, Pork & Beans, and Juice.


*There is also a need for non-food items such as: shampoos, laundry detergent, soap, bath tissue, etc.*