Food Industry & Agriculture Donations

Food Bank of Central New York relies on food donations from manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, and farmers. We collect fresh, canned, boxed and frozen food, and grocery products. These items are distributed from our distribution facility to our partner agencies throughout our eleven-county service area. 

The generous donations that we receive from these sources are critical to the families and individuals in central and northern New York who are struggling to make ends meet.

To make a food donation or to learn more about how your company can become a food partner, contact Peter Ricardo at (315) 437-1899 ext. 233 or pricardo(at)

Reasons your company should donate food to Food Bank:

TAX DEDUCTION: We recommend you consult with your financial advisor/accountant to explore tax deduction benefits. 2016 Tax Incentive Laws

COST SAVINGS: In capturing unsalable food and other products, your company reduces tipping fees.

INVENTORY CONTROL: A food donation can help reduce your surplus of hard-to-move inventory and inventory that is wholesome but cannot be sold.

COMMUNITY GOODWILL: Your support of the Food Bank’s mission will help earn your company the respect of the community.

PROUD STAFF: Employees feel good about their company's role in making a difference in the community.

SAFE FOOD HANDLING: Your food donation will be handled properly at our 51,000 square foot warehouse during receiving and distribution, and will be transported safely by our trained staff.

EFFICIENT DISTRIBUTION: Your donation will be quickly distributed to individuals in need through our partner agencies, and these agencies are monitored to ensure that donated product does not re-enter the marketplace.

ACCURATE RECORD KEEPING: Your donation will be tracked, documented and receipted.

LEGAL PROTECTION: Your company is protected from liability by the Good Samaritan Act.