Who We Are


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.


We have been helping the hungry since 1985 as the main food supplier to the emergency food network. Working with a diverse group, our partner agencies include soup kitchens, food pantries, and emergency shelters, as well as child-care agencies, neighborhood and senior centers. We collaborate with businesses, private foundations, and governments to simply get the job done.


    Food Bank of Central New York is a
    certified member of Feeding America.


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.