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hunger-free communities
throughout the Southern Tier.

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Food Bank assists with the Superstorm Sandy relief efforts

In response to the October 2012 Superstorm Sandy, the Food Bank of the Southern Tier is providing support to partner food banks within the Feeding America network that have been affected by this disaster. Click here for more information.

Food Bank assists with aid to storm victims from the July 2012 tornado

As utility crews and others worked to continue the cleanup in Elmira from the July 26th tornado, efforts were under way to get food and water to storm victims. At the American Red Cross shelter at Elmira Free Academy, volunteers packed an emergency response vehicle with 200 sandwiches donated by the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, chocolate milk, snacks, water and fruit.

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Helping our neighbors impacted by the September 2011 flooding in the Southern Tier. 

Thanks to many individuals, organizations and businesses, the Food Bank was able to take action quickly to respond to this terrible disaster this past September. The Food Bank began distributing food, water and other much needed supplies throughout Broome, Tioga and southern Chemung Counties as soon as we could gain access to the affected neighborhoods.


Below are some of the highlights of our disaster relief engagement. Every dollar donated to the Food Bank for this flood relief was spent on carrying out this special mission. 


  • We engaged national, state and local partners and resources to assure that people received basic need items quickly.  We worked with organizations such as the Red Cross, Catholic Charities, FEMA Disaster Response Centers and our own network of Food Bank member agencies to expedite distribution. 

  • In addition to our normal operations, we arranged special Mobile Food Pantry distributions in afflicted communities. We partnered with several community programs including the Community Care Network of Nichols, First Ward Assembly in Binghamton, and many local fire departments to name a few.

  • We distributed shelf-stable, child-friendly food through an emergency BackPack Program serving 130 weekly. This effort was coordinated in partnership with the Broome-Tioga BOCES to reach children who were at risk of hunger due to being displaced from their homes, and even their schools. Because there is such a long-term recovery for situations like this, the emergency BackPack distribution will continue through the school year as long as it is needed.

  • At the end of 2011, the Food Bank distributed 450,000 pounds of food, household items, and cleaning supplies to those affected by the flooding.

Without the support of generous donors and our community, we could not have had such a great impact on the lives of so many.

Photos, Videos & Media
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Community Partners Come Through Once Again
The response from our community partners and sister food banks made an immediate difference to those in need.

Donations of Food and/or Goods

Behlog and Son Produce, Inc.
Bimbo Bakeries USA
Dunkin� Donuts
ES Foods
Jubilee Foods
Pepsi Bottling Group
Petco Foundation
Seneca Beverage Corporation

Tops Friendly Markets
Wegmans Food Markets Inc.

Donations from Food and Fund Drives
Corning Area Chamber of Commerce
Elmira Gymnastics Club
Express Cafe & Bakery
Hero Bot Con - Comic Convention For a Cause

Ithaca Musicians for Southern Tier Flood Relief
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Donations from food banks

Community Food Bank of New Jersey
Feeding America
Food Bank for New York City
Maryland Food Bank

Chesapeake Energy
Pennsylvania Avenue United Methodist Church

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