Who We Serve

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

Despite great national wealth, an estimatedĀ one inĀ 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.

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.