Who We Serve

Hunger is a very serious problem in the United States today.

Despite great national wealth, an estimated one in seven Americans rely on emergency food assistance.

The face of hunger has shifted. At one time it was the homeless man on the corner who used a soup kitchen to get by. These days the face of hunger includes a family where the adults are employed but cannot make ends meet, a child who sits next to your child in school and goes to bed hungry, and an elderly neighbor who skips meals to afford medication. This is where Food Bank of Central New York steps in.

Our research shows that more than half of food pantry and soup kitchen clients still need to access emergency food programs a majority of months during the year despite participation in government nutrition programs.

Among the thousands of people who depend on charitable food programs in central and northern New York:

  • 30% are children 18 or younger
  • 10% are without health insurance
  • 32% have a working family member
  • 68% have been unemployed for more than two years
  • 91% are below the federal poverty level
  • 41% earn less than $12,000

Advocate: The Food Bank will continue to educate all levels of government on the importance of increasing funding for government programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), National School Lunch Program (NSLP), and the School Breakfast Program (SBP). In the interim, we will also educate on the important role that food banks, food pantries, and soup kitchens have in filling the gap. Join us in asking your elected officials to help end hunger by signing up for our advocacy alerts and calls to action here.

Collaborate: We are committed to working closely with our partner agencies on best practice initiatives. Get involved with your local food pantry or soup kitchen to see how you can help strengthen their capacity.

Communicate: Hunger is a solvable problem in the United States but we need enough voices to demand action. If you are interested in participating in these conversations, or would like to host a presentation to teach others, please call us at (315) 437-1899.