We can help with

giving your children a head start in life

through our Head Start, Early Head Start, and Family Support programs.

We can help with

making sure you have a safe place to live

through our Special Rental Assistance Programs, Housing Choice Voucher Program, and Supportive Housing Program.

We can help with

getting the food you need

through our Food Pantry & Victory Garden programs.


Grow your own vegetables this year!

Shelves of plants for customers of the Victory Garden

Sign up for Tompkins Community Action’s 2024 Victory Garden.

The Victory Garden project is an effort to provide TCAction program participants with plants to grow fresh vegetables at home or a nearby community garden. To be eligible, your household must be currently participating with a TCAction program.

Deadline to submit the request for plants is May 3, 2024

Distribution is scheduled for Thursday, May 16, and Friday, May 17, 2024, by appointment, and you will be able to pick them up at Tompkins Community Action 701 Spencer Rd., Ithaca, NY, or at one of our Head Start centers.

Click here to download the form to reserve your plants now!

How we help

We are a private non-profit Community Action organization dedicated to moving people out of poverty through comprehensive programming. 

Our dedicated staff work each day to win the War on Poverty by helping our clients meet their needs and achieve their dreams.

350 children participate in Family Services Programs
1145 Housing Choice Vouchers & 95 units of Supportive Housing
400+ Food Boxes distributed monthly

Our Mission

Tompkins Community Action collaborates with individuals and organizations to sustain and improve economic opportunity and social justice for families and individuals impacted directly or indirectly by poverty.

From our clients…

“Tompkins Community Action staff are outstanding and helpful!”
— 2022 client

“I am beyond grateful for the help in my time of pretty much desperation. I don’t know how things worked out the way they did but I am beyond blessed to find TCAction.”

— 2021 client


 Main Office Hours:
Monday – Friday: 9am to 4:30pm

701 Spencer Road

Ithaca, New York 14850

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