Who We Are

Food Bank of Central New York is a not-for-profit organization working to eliminate hunger through nutritious food distribution, education and advocacy in cooperation with the community. We partner with 268 emergency food programs in the counties of Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, and St. Lawrence.

We have been helping the hungry since 1985, as the main food supplier to the emergency food network. Working with a diverse group, our member programs include soup kitchens, food pantries and emergency shelters, as well as child-care agencies, neighborhood and senior centers. We collaborate with businesses, private foundations, and governments to simply get the job done.

Together, we are providing millions of dollars worth of food every month to the central New York region.  Together, we can solve hunger.

Food Bank of Central New York is a member of Feeding America.

Where Our Food Comes From

Donated Foods:  We rely on food donations from food manufacturers, grocers, wholesalers, businesses and individuals to supplement our food inventory and these donations help to stretch our member programs’ food budgets and enhance their inventories.

USDA Foods: The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) provides commodity foods like meats, vegetables and fruits to the Food Bank to distribute to the food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters that provide food assistance to those in need.

Wholesale Foods:  Food Bank is committed to providing a wide variety of nutritious food. We are able to complement donated food with food we purchase for our inventory. Due to our vendor agreements, we are able to purchase large amounts of high-demand foods — more than 100 different types — and offer these foods to our agencies at cost.