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Food Bank Of Central New York

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Food Programs

Mission: The food bank of central new york is a not-for-profit organization working to eliminate hunger through nutritious food distribution, education and advocacy in cooperation with the community.

Programs: Food distribution - general distribution includes the acquisition anddistribution program and retail partnership program (rpp). Acquisitionand distribution program is composed of foods purchased throughvendors, donations from donors, food drives and grocery partners. These foods are then available for the agency partners to request forpickup/delivery to supplement the foods they already have in stock fordistribution to individuals and families within their communities. Rpppicks up grocery and perishable foods on a daily basis from grocerystores and wholesales in our service area for immediate delivery to apartner agency. These partner agencies then ensure prompt distributionof these food items to individuals and families within theircommunities.

noep - the nutrition outreach and education program provides snapoutreach (formerly known as food stamp outreach) to residents ofonondaga, oneida, cortland and oswego counties, as well aspromoting participation in the summer food service program and otherfederal feeding programs. Funded by the federal and state governments,this program is administrated through hunger solutions new york, inc. Aprivate not-for-profit entity.

education and outreach is a program designed to help increase publicawareness of hunger and nutritional issues.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

I have had the honor of working with the Food Bank of CNY since 2011. They have taught me the joy in service and the meaning of community. They are so appreciative of everyone's efforts and they are all truly committed to the fight against hunger. On behalf of the 58 student volunteers of Halloween for Hunger and the Hallowrun for Hunger 5K, it has been our privilege to support the Food Bank throughout our years in high school.


Elizabeth Westfall
Student Race Director
Hallowrun for Hunger

Review from Guidestar

Allison D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Food Bank of Central New York is an incredible place. They took the idea of a food bank and made it so much more - not just handing out bags of food to local families in need (although they still do that, too). They coordinate large donations from local stores and businesses. They ship food to hundreds of food pantries, food banks, soup kitchens, shelters, senior centers, and emergency organizations throughout New York State. They have educational programs that teach people about nutrition, growing their own food, and give them the seeds and materials they need to keep going. They do a fantastic job marketing themselves and their cause, gaining more attention for the issue of hunger and more donations to the Food Bank - helping them buy a huge new facility last year with a ton more storage space. It even included a new fridge and freezer so they can provide even more fresh and nutritious foods to those who need them. EVERYONE in New York State should learn more about the food bank and give whatever they can or volunteer their time to help this amazing place.