A Message From Our Interim Executive Director

Dear Friend, 

Last week was another busy week at Food Bank of Central New York. Our drivers and warehouse staff continue to work extra hours to pick orders and deliver them to our network of emergency program partners. More food than ever before is being distributed during this unprecedented crisis in our community. 

During this time of uncertainty, there is a lot of fear and anxiety about what will happen – with our jobs, with our family, in our community, and in our nation. Amid all of that, there are daily glimmers of hope and kindness that happen. I want to share with you some of those amazing contributions that have happened during the past couple weeks. 

  • Many companies have reached out to us with monetary gifts to help us through the storm
    These companies and foundations include the MetLife Foundation, Wegmans, Equitable Foundation, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Joy In Childhood Foundation, Hannaford Supermarkets, Terakeet, Price Chopper/Market 32, and Molina Healthcare. 
  • On your television, on the radio, and on digital billboards, you will see and hear a new message about the work of Food Bank of Central New York
    The ad space was donated by Empower Federal Credit Union with assistance from Mooney Marketing Group. In addition, we thank our media partners for reaching out to give us extra airtime so we can continue to get our message out: Spectrum News, CNYCentral, NewsChannel 9 WSYR, Cumulus Media, iHeartMedia, Galaxy Media, Lamar, and TownSquare Media.  
  • Local grocery stores continue to work with us to donate perishable and non-perishable food to us
    We did see an initial lull in donations but are happy to see those food donations rise again last week. Some of our retail partners have also reached out with other assistance as well. To name a few: Wegmans, Tops Friendly Markets, Price Chopper/Market 32, and Hannaford.  
  • Our partner agencies have shown their resilience in the face of adversity as well
    All of our program partners – food pantries, soup kitchens, and emergency shelters – have altered their distribution methods and all program volunteers and staff risk their own health and well-being every day to be on the front lines. Every day they see the men, women, and children, struggling with hunger in our community and our partners want to continue to respond to that need as long as they can. Our work is not possible without them. 
All of our work is in partnership with the community and your help is critical to our success.

Your support now and throughout the year is the reason we can continue to provide nutritious food into communities throughout our eleven county service area. Your support has and continues to impact so many lives in our community. Thank you! 

Continued prayers for you and your families’ safety and health in the weeks ahead. Together, we will make it through this time of uncertainty.  

Sincerely, 
 


Karen L. Belcher
Interim Executive Director