Chobani and Food Bank of Central New York Create Back-to-School Program to Feed Students and Their Families

Monday, September 23, 2019

CNYBackPack 8NORWICH, NY (09/16/19) – Chobani and Food Bank of Central New York have partnered to provide nutritious food to school-age children and their families in the Norwich City School District this fall. On Thursday, September 26, 2019 beginning at 12:30 pm, Chobani will drop off bags packed with child-friendly foods at each of the four schools within the district.

Chobani volunteers, including founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya, assembled the bags earlier this month with the intent of providing meals for students and their families during evenings and weekends - when free school breakfast and lunch is not available.

“The back-to-school program is a new initiative the Food Bank promotes to ensure that children have access to wholesome foods all day long. We are delighted to partner with Chobani and the Norwich School District on this project,” said Kathleen Stress, Executive Director, Food Bank of Central New York. “No child should have to worry where their next meal is coming from.”

Each bag contains items such as oatmeal, peanut butter, tuna fish, spaghetti, rice, and beans, as well as fresh fruit. Chobani is also providing each participating student with a $25.00 Wholesome Wave gift card for the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables and a coupon for a free Chobani yogurt. Wholesome Wave is the leading national nonprofit that works to make fruits and vegetables affordable to all.

The back-to-school initiative is a continuation of Chobani’s efforts around children nutrition and feeding the hungry. Earlier this year, Chobani paid off more than $35,000 in student school lunch debt throughout Chenango County.

According to the New York State Community Action Association (NYSCAA), the City of Norwich has a 24.9% poverty rate, with 34.1% of children in the city living in poverty. Throughout the school day, all students attending Norwich City School District receive breakfast and lunch at no cost through the Community Eligibility Program. Often, these students go home to empty cupboards on evenings and weekends.


WHAT: Food Box Drop-off at Norwich City School District

WHEN: Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 12:30 pm

WHERE: 89 Midland Drive, Norwich, NY

DETAILS: Food box drop-off at Norwich City Schools for distribution to students and families struggling with hunger.

For more information about this partnership, please contact Lynn Hy, Chief Development Officer, at (315) 437-1899 ext. 247 or

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