Product Updates

USDA Beans

Food Safety and Sanitation Supplies

* Eligible FSS for Food Pantries

NEW USDA FRESH PRODUCE

Food Bank of Central New York has been able to procure multiple truckloads of fresh fruits and vegetables through the USDA. Listed are the expected products by month. Quantities of some of the items will be high (oranges in particular), please consider distributing accordingly. This is a great opportunity for your clients to receive healthy, high quality items, and we encourage programs to do everything possible to ensure we connect all of it to those who need it.

NOVEMBER 2019

  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Plums
  • Potatoes

DECEMBER 2019

  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Potatoes

FOOD SAFETY AND SANITATION SUPPLIES (FSS)

In an effort to ensure that Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program (HPNAP) eligible programs are following food safety guidelines for storing and distributing food, the funding for Food Safety and Sanitation Supplies (FSS) is provided by the New York State Department of Health’s HPNAP.

FSS is free for eligible food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters to order through Agency Express. These items can be identified with the prefix ‘SS’. The supplies is limited and availability is based on funding.

All of the FSS products listed above are available to soup kitchens and emergency shelters that prepare meals. 

IMPORTANT USDA DISTRIBUTION UPDATE 

Food Bank of Central New York is the recipient of food items through the United States Department of Agriculture’s TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program). These items are stored, transported and distributed to our partner agencies at no cost, a tremendous asset in the ongoing fight against hunger.

In order to remain in compliance with USDA guidelines, we must expedite product movement out of our facility, into the agencies and the homes of people who depend on all of us. We currently have a need to expedite distribution of 5 items, all of which are non-perishable and noted below.

We are asking all USDA/TEFAP eligible agencies to take at least a fair and equal share of the on hand inventory of these items. If your agency can distribute more of these items, please order additional cases from the menu. Orders placed voluntarily will be subtracted from the fair share case quantity. The Fair- Share distribution per eligible agency is:

Item Number  
23-02-0039  
Description
US-LENTIL BEANS (DRY) 
Pack size
12/2#
Fair share (Case Qty.)
15

Item Number  
27-02-0040 
Description
US-PINTO BEANS
Pack size
12/2#
Fair share (Case Qty.)
4

Item Number  
23-02-0028 
Description
US-NAVY BEANS
Pack size
12/2#
Fair share (Case Qty.)
10

Item Number  
23-01-0041 
Description
US-CHICK PEAS (CANNED)
Pack size
24/15 OZ.
Fair share (Case Qty.)
15

Item Number  
 27-02-0039
Description
US-SPLIT PEA
Pack size
12/2#
Fair share (Case Qty.)
10

Once this distribution is complete, these products will not be returning to our inventory for the foreseeable future. When possible, the products will be included with your scheduled deliveries and/or pick up orders in the month of November and December. The first allotment will be 20 cases and the second will be 30 cases.

Recipes are also available on the Just Say Yes to Fruits & Vegetables and the United States Department of Agriculture websites.

If you do not wish to receive these items, please notify Michelle Mengel, Agency Relations Representative, at mmengel@foodbankcny.org.