Food & Meal Programs

Congregate meals and social programs for those age 60 and over include:
  • Community Christmas dinner
  • Dinners out
  • Equinox Thanksgiving dinner
  • Food stamp assistance
  • Grocery shopping
  • Meals on Wheels home delivery
Call 518-439-4955, option 4, for details.

Food Pantry
The Bethlehem Food Pantry (no age restrictions) is available to Town of Bethlehem residents by appointment for emergency or temporary food needs only. The Bethlehem Food Pantry is located at the Town Hall, 445 Delaware Avenue. It is run through Bethlehem Senior Projects, Inc., with help from Bethlehem Senior Services Outreach workers, and is kept stocked through the generosity of individuals and groups within the community. Senior Services volunteers keep the shelves in order.

To make an appointment, call 518-439-4955, ext. 1173 or 1175.
Non-perishable, non-expired items may be donated at Town Hall (outside the Senior Services Department door), Bethlehem Public Library and the Bethlehem Area YMCA.
Farmer's Market Coupons
The New York State Farmers' Market Nutrition Program helps limited income persons buy locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables at nearby farmers' markets. Bethlehem Senior Services will have coupon booklets of approximately $20 available free if you are eligible for one of the following programs:
  • Food stamps
  • HEAP
  • Medicaid
  • Section 8 housing
  • SSI
If you are interested in receiving coupon booklets, please call 518-439-4955, ext. 1170 to add your name to the interest list. Coupon booklets are usually available in July.

Look at the senior calendar or the bimonthly newsletter for transportation outings on selected weeks at the local Farmers' Market.

Food Stamps
Food stamps can increase the amount of money you have available to purchase food each month. For those who qualify, benefits are received and available electronically at the check-out in the grocery store. You may own a house and/or a car. No lien will be placed on either. Bethlehem Senior Services Outreach workers will be happy to assist you with applications and/or an appointment to see a Department of Social Services worker at the Town Hall on the second Monday of the month.

Call 518-439-4955, ext. 1176 for an appointment.