Food Bank of Central New York Receives Bank of America Grant and Challenges Community to #GiveAMeal

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Bank of America 10 18 17Food Bank of Central New York was awarded an $18,000 grant from Bank of America today to fund food acquisition and distribution and child nutrition programs. These funds will help the Food Bank provide nutritious food to 262 partner agencies throughout its eleven county service area. In addition, funds will help support the Food Bank’s child nutrition programs like Kids Cafe, where school age children receive nutritionally balanced hot dinners at after school programs so that they do not need to worry where their next meal will come from.

During the grant check presentation, Bank of America and the Food Bank issued a challenge to the community to step up to the plate and #GiveAMeal. Now until the end of the calendar year is the Bank of America #GiveAMeal campaign. For every $1 donated online at, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation will make a $2 match (up to $1.5 million nationally). If the community chooses to give through this special campaign, they can choose for their gift to be directed to Food Bank of Central New York for local hunger-fighting initiatives.

 “We are thankful that Bank of America continues to support our mission to provide wholesome food to families in need,” stated Kathleen Stress, Executive Director at Food Bank of Central New York. “The opportunity to harness additional funds through the Give A Meal program is wonderful. Every dollar donated can become three meals and every three dollars becomes nine meals, helping families to make ends meet.”

“Together, we can make a real impact in the fight against hunger in central New York. With each Give A Meal donation, we encourage individuals to pass along the opportunity to fight hunger to friends, families, and colleagues, so we can use all our connections to help the hungry in our community,” said Michael Brunner, Bank of America Syracuse/Utica Market President.

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

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