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Food Bank’s army of volunteers help fight hunger in CNY

Food Bank hosts largescale Virtual Service Hours on Zoom, bringing together volunteers from across the country to join in impactful virtual service activities. These events pair virtual service with educational panel conversations on food insecurity topics with guest speakers.

Recent virtual events have included our Virtual Day of Service for MLK Day with guest speaker Reverend Rasheed Baird, and People Get Periods: A Virtual Service Hour and Conversation on Period Poverty with US Congresswoman Grace Meng.

Stay tuned for upcoming virtual events!

After a nearly two year pause of in-person volunteering due to COVID-19, we are thrilled to welcome volunteers back at our Community Kitchen & Pantry in West Harlem and our Warehouse & Distribution Center in the Bronx!

As always, the safety of our volunteers, staff, and those we proudly serve is paramount. All volunteers must agree to our COVID-19 Waiver in order to participate in-person. All volunteers must also show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 and wear a mask that properly covers the nose and mouth at all in-person volunteer events.

Grab-and-Go Pantry Distribution

After a two-year pause, we are thrilled to be welcoming volunteers back to our Community Kitchen and Pantry in West Harlem!

Warehouse Repack

Repack shifts are available for groups of 15 volunteers on weekday mornings and afternoons. Please email for more information. For corporate groups, we recommend a sponsorship of $2,000.

Warehouse Repack

Become A Social Media Ambassador

Food Banks Social Media Ambassador Program is a way for volunteers to amplify resources for New Yorkers facing food insecurity, boost Food Banks mission on social media, and advocate by using their voices creatively and intentionally online all while earning volunteer service hours.

Volunteers choose actions to complete , tag #FoodBankAmbassador, and document with screenshots to earn service hours for posting.

To Place An Order Through Agency Express Please Click Here

FOR DELIVERYThe standard 3 business days by noon is required for all orders for delivery. A minimum order of 40 cases . Water is not counted in the delivery eligibility case count.

*NEW!!*FOR PICK-UP1 business day by 7:00 AM is required for all pick-ups starting Monday June 6th, 2022.There are no minimum requirements for orders placed for pick-up at our warehouse.


A business day is a day of normal operations for Food Bank of Central New York. Please check the delivery calendar and plan ahead accordingly. In the event of inclement weather, the Food Bank will contact you to reschedule and make attempts to deliver the next business day.


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Cny Food Bank Feeling The Impact Of Inflation This Holiday Season

Thanksgiving Day is approaching, and most Central New Yorkers are seeing firsthand how inflation has impacted the price of their holiday feast. And for some, it might mean a trip to their community’s food pantry.

The Food Bank of Central New York works with most emergency food network partners. Chief Development Officer Lynn Hy said food needs shot up in October after a relatively stable first quarter of their fiscal year.

“Some have seen decreases, but the bulk of them, I would say, are seeing increased numbers,” Hy said. “Some of those increases we’re seeing are up to 40% higher, and some might just be a few families, just a couple percentages higher. But overall, I would say there has been an increase in demand, and we are expecting that to last for several months.”

Inflation also means the food bank can’t purchase more food to satisfy necessities. Hy said the food bank is turning to its food manufacturer and distributor partners to supplement the food they can’t buy with individual or corporate donations. But she said they also work closely with retail stores, where perfectly good food might be disposed of.

‘”If we’re talking about produce, low-fat dairy products, lean protein, we want to be able to access those items, have them donated here to the food bank, so that we can get them out into the hands of people that need them,” Hy said. “Because those types of items are often the most expensive items in the store, but have the most nutritional value.”

Find The Help You Need Where You Need It

Food Bank of Central New York (@FoodBankofCNY)

Search the map to find a soup kitchen, food pantry, senior center, or SNAP enrollment site near you. Find a free tax assistance site here. If youre an individual looking to donate a small amount of food, the charities below will be happy to accept your donations. If youre a food industry donor or have a large amount of food to give, learn more here.

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Be A Volunteer Tax Preparer


Food Banks Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program has put more than $1 billion back into the pockets of low-income New Yorkers, and we rely on over 300 dedicated volunteers each tax season to support this impactful anti-poverty work.

This Tax Season, Food Bank will be offering three models of tax filing services: Contactless In-Person , Social Distanced In-Person , and Virtual . NOTE: Volunteers must present proof of vaccination for in-person volunteer shifts.

What We Do

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. We partner with 430+ emergency food programs in the counties of Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, and St. Lawrence.

The core of our work is achieved by partnering with these local agencies that distribute food to individuals and families in need. The key partners that make up emergency food network are food pantries, soup kitchens, and emergency shelters. Other not-for-profit agencies such as day care centers, rehabilitation centers, senior centers, and group homes are able to utilize membership as a way to supplement their agency food needs.

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