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Become A Partner Agency

Food Bank of Central New York invites feeding programs or agencies that share our mission of feeding the hungry to apply to become a partner agency of the Food Bank.


Becoming a partner agency of Food Bank of Central New York offers many benefits:

  • We are a partner to help you accomplish your mission of feeding the hungry.

  • We offer a wide variety of food and household products in one place.

  • The Food Bank offers nutrition education for clients, volunteers, and program staff.

  • The Food Bank provides program support and resources related to food distribution.

  • You can use free pick up or low cost delivery options.

  • You can easily order product online.

  • You are part of a network helping to reduce hunger in central and northern New York.

  • Lower cost to you and you receive product for a small shared maintenance fee.


  • Organizations must be a recognized charity with a feeding program serving the needy, ill, and infants.
  • Organizations must be a 501(c)(3) designated organization (church status is acceptable in lieu of 501(c)(3) status) or partner with a local not-for-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization that will be fiscally, legally, and programmatically responsible for the agency described in the application.

  • There must be a need for your program in the area you serve (to avoid duplication of effort).

  • The food program must not discriminate on the basis of race, religion or creed and cannot require individuals to participate in ecumenical or educational services as a requirement for receiving food.

  • The food program must not use food to foster or advance religious or political views.

  • The organization must have appropriate physical capacity to receive and distribute food. The food program cannot be located in a personal residence (note: all sites will be reviewed by Food Bank staff).

  • The organization must have adequate staff and/or volunteers to support their feeding program and identify a key staff member/volunteer to serve as the primary contact for the program.

  • Program staff/volunteer has the ability and willingness to access and submit information via the Internet on a monthly basis.

  • The organization must have a defined method/system for how food will be distributed.                                   

In addition to these minimum requirements, your agency will be reviewed on the number of households and clients you do and can serve, whether there is any network duplication in your service area, and/or whether your service area is an underserved area or serves an underserved population.  

If you are an organization applying to become a food pantry, soup kitchen or shelter partner agency eligible to receive federal and state assistance, you must meet the additional requirements listed below:

  • The food program must operate for at least six months prior to applying for partnership.

  • The food program preparing and/or serving meals on site must have a permit to operate a food service establishment from the local Department of Health.

  • The food program must distribute food/meals at least once a month.

  • The food program must provide food free of charge or obligation to all people.

  • The food pantry must keep written record of distributions that include client’s name, address, date of service, and number of people in household.

  • The food pantry and soup kitchen must have regular hours of operation, established procedures, and rules and regulations under which the program operates.


To apply, please contact our Agency Relations Department at (315) 437-1899 ext. 256. Once the application has been completed and all requested documentation has been provided, the Agency Relations Department will contact you about your application. Applications may take up to 12 weeks to process.