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Food Bank of Central New York to partner with Instacart for donations this holiday season

Thursday, December 1, 2022

The Food Bank of Central New York partnered with Instacart to reimagine the traditional food drive this holiday season and bring in the exact food items they need most to support families.

Customers can simply open the Instacart App or go to www.instacart.com and tap the Community Carts banners to start giving. From there, they can select any participating food bank to support and shop as many items as they’d like from the food bank’s personalized wish list, based on which groceries are needed most for the local community.

Instacart will then deliver the items directly to the food bank according to their local donation guidelines. Whether people donate just a few cans of food or a whole cart, donations will add up quickly as customers come together nationwide between Giving Tuesday and December 31 to contribute to Community Carts.

Because every food bank has different needs, each Community Cart is customized to include the food they need most and reflect their operational requirements. Some of the most in-demand items from food banks nationwide include canned goods, whole grains, nut butters, cooking oils, and paper products. Once a customer has placed their food bank order, they’ll have the opportunity to share their donation via messaging or social media apps directly from Instacart, encouraging family and friends to join in and donate to a Community Cart as well.

This year, the Food Bank of Central New York is in need of canned soup, canned meat, canned fruit, canned vegetables, and more.

Instacart’s Community Carts is a new in-app feature that lets individuals donate the groceries their local food banks have identified they need most. With Community Carts, anyone can donate to over 100 local Feeding America member food banks across the United States, with six being in New York state, and with delivery and service fees waived on every order.

According to the USDA, nearly 34 million people, including more than 9 million children, in the U.S. are experiencing a lack of access to nutritious food, and in the face of rising food prices, many Feeding America member food banks are reporting increased or sustained demand for food assistance.

Through December 4th, Instacart will match every dollar spent on Community Cart orders with a donation – up to $100,000 – to Feeding America.

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