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Svante Myrick

Mayor of Ithaca, NY When Svante Myrick was a boy, his family often didn’t have enough money to buy the food they needed. So at times, they had to rely on their neighborhood food pantry. With food in his stomach, Svante’s mom and teachers were able to fill...

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Linda Wintermute

Wife, Mother and Assistant Director at Bread Of Life Food Pantry, Candor, NY When Linda Wintermute and her husband moved to Candor, NY, they faced one of the biggest challenges of their lives: the prospect of suddenly having eight mouths to feed. Though...

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April Bridges

"Food Bank programs lifted up my family and put us on the road to better lives." Mother of four sons, working and attending college. For a single mother with four sons, the Food Bank of the Southern Tier was a lifeline. April Bridges was a member of the...

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Wendy

Living with a disability on public assistance, advocating for change. What’s it like to live in poverty in the Southern Tier? To stifle your pride and accept help to make ends meet? To feed yourself on $6 a day? Wendy can tell you. She is a food pantry...

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Feeding kids this summer

Fourth-grade teacher Michelle Halperin looked around at the summer meal site in Elmira’s Grove Park last year and marveled at all she saw…a puppet show about respecting people with disabilities while volunteers from The Arc handed out lunches to children....

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Food for Thought

It’s no bigger than a storage closet, but there’s a lot of compassion pouring out of the food pantry in the campus commons at Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3). A new partner agency of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, the pantry has plans to...

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Cargill Foundation supports Schuyler County kids

In May, the Cargill Foundation donated $20,000 to support the BackPack Program and Mobile Food Pantries in Schulyer County. The donation will help provide nearly 4,000 packs of food to children and more than 145,000 pounds of food through Mobile Food...

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Gear Up to End Hunger

Tour de Keuka, presented by Five Star Bank, is an annual charity bike ride that benefits the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. To participate in a 16, 45, 60 or 100-mile ride, cyclists raise money to feed families struggling with hunger. Riders will begin in...

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Learning To Serve

Congratulations to Mackenzie Grover, a fifth-grader from Elmira, for earning the title of Junior Volunteer of the Year at our Very Important Volunteer Awards (VIVAs) in April! Mackenzie began volunteering in 2017 to fulfill a school community service...

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Piloting A Pantry, Creating Community

Food brings people together. Whether it’s preparing food, sharing a meal or providing for others, community is built around traditions of food. That’s what’s happening at The Bounty, a new school food pantry pilot program at Broome-Tioga BOCES East...

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