In 2013, Biz Eventz, The Central New York Business Journal (CNYBJ), and AmeriCu Credit Union partnered with Research & Marketing Strategies Inc. (RMS) to conduct the inaugural CNY Best Places to Work survey. The study identified and recognized the best places of employment in central New York.

On May 14 Food Bank of CNY announced that the organization was selected as one of the best places to work in central New York through Biz Eventz. This prestigious award was established to identify, recognize, and honor the top companies that offer the best places of employment in central New York, thereby benefiting the state's economy, workforce, and business environment.

Ten companies across the region were honored as Best Places to Work in central New York in the 5-50 employees category, and Food Bank ranked tenth. This ranking was the result of a comprehensive employee survey measuring the Food Bank’s work environment, culture, employee pride, and job satisfaction. This extensive evaluation was conducted by Research & Marketing Strategies Inc. (RMS) who developed a 52-question online survey that participants completed. The survey covered general areas such as overall satisfaction along with the importance of factors such as direction, execution, connection, supervisors, work, and pay and benefits at the workplace.

In August 2006, Food Bank launched the employee wellness program that included healthy snack offerings, wellness initiatives such as step challenges and nutrition classes. In 2011 the agency was able to unveil the employee wellness room that provides employees with an onsite gym, that includes access to fitness equipment onsite, and offer one half hour during the work day to use this equipment or perform other fitness activities.

Food Bank also offers staff quarterly chair massages onsite. We gather as an agency many times a year to engage in staff appreciation events, such as birthday celebrations, our holiday party and company picnic. Some other staff involvement activities include: anniversary recognition, agency committees (i.e. safety, picnic, holiday) and wellness club.

Food Bank offers a supportive work environment knowing the work of feeding the hungry is a challenging framework to work within on a daily basis.

Food Bank of Central New York is honored to be named in the top 10 of CNY’s Best Places to Work. We greatly value each and every employee and we believe that they are our most important asset. We are humbled to receive this recognition.