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The Food Bank of the Southern Tier’s commitment to Hunger Education stems from our firm belief that engaging youth in the fight against hunger is central to ending hunger and poverty in our community. This exciting and growing program works with youth of all ages across the Southern Tier to increase their understanding of hunger and poverty.

The Hunger Education program consists of two main initiatives: Hunger 101 and Hunger Scholars Program, and we also offer Mobilizing Faith Communities workshop materials. Each element offers students the opportunity to engage with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier in a different way. 

Hunger 101 is an interactive, age-appropriate workshop that works with youth to explore the realities of hunger and poverty in our community.

The Hunger Scholars Program is a multi-lesson curricula series that works with youth from pre-k through high school and covers a variety of topics regarding who is hungry, the drivers of poverty, food systems, nutrition, effects of hunger, and many more. 

Mobilizing Faith Communities resources include access to the Just Neighbors curriculum.   

The goals of the Hunger Education Program are: 

  • Increase awareness of hunger in the Southern Tier
  • Increase understanding of the causes, consequences, and responses to hunger and poverty
  • Increase youth involvement and leadership in projects aimed at addressing hunger and poverty in the Southern Tier 
  • Create skill-building opportunities for young people around making change in their community
  • Increase awareness of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier and the emergency food assistance network

For more information contact:
Christine Ector, Hunger Education Coordinator VISTA
at 607.796.6061 x4031 or email

388 Upper Oakwood Ave.
Elmira, New York 14903

Phone: 607.796.6061
Fax: 607.796.6028
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8-4

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