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Message from the President

Aug 25, 2020 | Newsletter, Foodbank Blog

From Natasha R. Thompson,
President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier

Despite all the uncertainty and change that we’ve had to endure over the past several months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have witnessed countless examples of resilience, cooperation and innovation throughout our community in response to these unprecedented circumstances. Our initial fears that COVID-19 would force our partner pantries and meal programs across the region to close proved to be unfounded. In truth, nearly 90% of our partners — mostly staffed by senior volunteers at higher risk for contracting the virus, not only remained open but doubled down their efforts by expanding their days of operation, offering home deliveries, and developing drive-thru distribution methods to minimize contact.

Our donors have also come through with record levels of support, giving more than ever and encouraging others to join in their campaigns to raise funds for our work. Several organizations and small businesses have hosted quarantine-themed fundraisers and donated the proceeds to us. Countless supporters and first time donors young and old used their talents, skills and affiliations to raise donations during this unprecedented time of need.

All of us here at the Food Bank are extremely grateful for the strength and support we’ve received from all of you. We are inspired by your commitment to our work which serves as a reminder that when we work
together, anything is possible.

In partnership,

Natasha R. Thompson
President & CEO