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A Message from Our President

Dear Friends, Happy New Year! The Food Bank accomplished so much in 2018. While the problem of hunger still remains, we were able to deliver almost 10 million meals, which we couldn’t have done without you. 2019 is shaping up to be a year of growth and...

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Prescription for Nutrition

After a series of major heart issues, Robin Derick would happily never set foot in a physician’s office again. But in order to get free produce weekly from the Turning Point Fresh Farmacy fruit and vegetable prescription program, she willingly participates...

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Bonnie Nielsen

Retired Nurse, Pine City, NY For more than 40 years, Bonnie Nielsen did the one thing she loved most: she helped others. Bonnie worked with children at two hospitals, often caring for the most challenging cases. But then she became ill, and had trouble...

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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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