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Youth Bureau

Location: Niagara Falls Office, 301 10th Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14302

Telephone Hours:  (716) 278-6872 

Staff Directory:
Director:  Benjamin Bunker

The Youth Bureau is a Unit within the Niagara County Department of Social Services whose mission is to plan, coordinate and support the positive development of youth through not for profit agencies and community organizations.


New York State allocates funding each year to counties to provide youth development services for youth. The Youth Bureau is the agent responsible to distribute these funds. With these dollars, funding is provided to cities, towns, villages and not for profit agencies that are located in and provide services to youth in Niagara County. If you are interested in applying for funding please contact our office at 278-6872.


The Youth Bureau is overseen by a youth advisory board, made up of both youth and adult members and appointed by the county legislature. If you are interested in joining the youth board please reach out to your county legislator. You can find their contact information here. (add link to contact info)


The Summer Food program is offered for 9 or 10 weeks each summer from June thru September. The goal of the program is to provide low-income youth with a healthy meal each weekday during the summer months. Many city recreation programs, summer camps and church programs take advantage of this free program. If your organization would like to participate in the Summer Food Service Program, please contact the youth bureau.


Niagara County Youth Bureau Accepting Applications for the Summer Food Service Program

The Niagara County Youth Bureau will return as a sponsor for the 2019 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).  This program ensures that children who are economically disadvantaged continue to receive nutritious meals during summer vacation.  Meals are comparable to the National School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs (NSBP and NSLP, respectively) throughout the school year. 

The Summer Food Service Program is a federally funded program (funded by USDA and administered by the New York State Education Department [NYSED]) that provides free meals to all children at approved SFSP sites.  Sites are located within areas that have significant concentrations of low-income children.  Meals (including breakfast and/or lunch) are provided to children age 18 and under.

Applications are now being accepted from prospective Summer Food Service Program sites.  Approved sites will receive meals during the program, which runs from July 1st to August 23rd.  Site requests are individualized, including meals needed and program dates.

If your organization, summer day camp or youth program is interested in serving as a SFSP site, please contact Benjamin Bunker, Youth Bureau Director at 278-6872 for more information.  Deadline for site application is Thursday, April 18th.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department.  (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Form, found online at, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request a form.  You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form.  Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C.  20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities, may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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