What We Do

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. We partner with 250 emergency food programs in the counties of Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, and St. Lawrence.

The core of our work is achieved by partnering with these local agencies that distribute food to individuals and families in need. The key partners that make up our emergency food network are food pantries, soup kitchens, and emergency shelters. Other not-for-profit agencies such as day care centers, rehabilitation centers, senior centers, and group homes are able to utilize membership as a way to supplement their agency food needs.

Where our food comes from:

Donated Foods

We rely on food donations from food manufacturers, grocers, wholesalers, businesses, and individuals to supplement our food inventory. These donations help to stretch our partner agencies' food budgets and enhance their inventories.

USDA Foods

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) provides commodity foods like meats, vegetables, and fruits to the Food Bank to distribute to food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters that provide food assistance to those in need.

Wholesale Foods

We are able to complement donated food with food we purchase for our inventory. Due to our vendor agreements, we are able to purchase large amounts of high-demand foods — more than 100 different types — and offer these foods to our agencies at cost.

The impact of Food Bank of Central New York and partner agencies:

  • 88% of clients agreed that receiving food at emergency food agencies helped them get food they could not receive any other way.

  • 90% of clients said that receiving food at the emergency food agency helped them save money they could use for other bills.

  • 90% of clients said they are treated with respect every time they use one of the Food Bank's emergency food agencies.

  • 91% of clients said they were satisfied with the quality of food they received from their emergency food provider.