Food Bank of Central New York's community food security initiatives promote both the local economy and self-sufficiency among individuals using the emergency food network.
Garden in a Bucket
1,280 Garden in a Bucket kits were distributed to emergency food program guests through 36 partner agency sites. Each kit contained supplies for individuals and families to grow fresh produce at their own home (tomato seedlings, recipes, gardening instructions, and seeds).
Garden grants were awarded to six partner agencies to start, expand or maintain edible gardens at their site. Funds were used to purchase supplies including plants, soil, and seeds.
Food Bank Garden
In collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension's Master Gardeners and Future Farmers of America, a model garden was installed at the Food Bank in May 2016. The garden is utilized as an educational tool to promote sustainability among our partner agencies, encouraging them to learn about growing their own produce on site.
The Food Bank's garden includes three large trough gardens, three raised beds, three fruit trees, and three berry bushes. Ten vegetable and herb varieties were planted in the trough gardens and raised beds, including tomatoes, peppers, Swiss chard, and basil.