Food Bank Receives Grant from Bank of America Charitable Foundation

February 21, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Bank of America Charitable Foundation recently awarded Food Bank of Central New York a grant in the amount of $13,900.  The funds will go towards the Food Bank’s acquisition and distribution program to help feed the hungry in the Food Bank’s eleven county service area.  Michael Smith, Consumer Market Manager for the Syracuse Market and Maureen Heppeler, Banking Center Manager of the Clinton Square Banking Center, presented the check to Liz Occhino, Special Events and Marketing Coordinator at Food Bank of Central New York.

In response to pressing challenges facing individuals and families across the country, Bank of America is lending, investing and giving to help create economically vibrant communities that are better places in which to live and do business. The Bank of America Charitable Foundation provides philanthropic support to address needs vital to the health of our communities through a focus on preserving neighborhoods, educating the workforce for 21st century jobs and addressing critical needs, such as hunger.

“At a time of year when families are faced with large heat bills while trying to maintain food resources, Food Bank appreciates the grant award. The grant funds will help to provide over 36,000 meals back into our local communities,” stated Food Bank’s executive director, Kathleen Stress.

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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 for more information on the agency and its programs.