Onondaga County Parks to Partner with Food Bank of Central New York

August 07, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Onondaga County Parks and Food Bank of Central New York are excited to announce their new partnership to help feed the hungry in Onondaga County and beyond.  Visitors to Onondaga County Parks are encouraged to bring non-perishable food donations to the Visitor Center at each park.  Foods will be collected and donated to the Food Bank.   

During their last fiscal year, Food Bank of Central New York distributed more than 13 million pounds of food with more than 4 million pounds distributed in Onondaga County.  Visitor Centers at Beaver Lake, Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery, Jamesville Beach, Highland Forest, Oneida Shores, Onondaga Lake Park and the Rosamond Gifford Zoo will collect the food donations. 

 “Central New York has so much to offer and the parks are a way to enjoy the beauty of our region. We are delighted to begin this partnership with Onondaga County Parks to help to fill a need while having the parks used and appreciated. Partnerships like this one allow us to provide the over 28,000 meals a day into our communities,” stated Kathleen Stress, Executive Director at Food Bank of Central New York. 

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.  Food Bank serves as the primary food supplier for 261 emergency food assistance programs in 11 counties of New York State, distributing 13,420,441 pounds of food last year. Food Bank of Central New York is a certified member of Feeding America. Visit www.foodbankcny.org for more information on the agency and its programs.