Community Food Distributions

What is a Community Food Distribution?
The Food Bank holds a food distribution directly from our warehouse twice a year. This is a drive-through distribution meaning that clients stay in their cars and volunteers pack the vehicles with food and other grocery items. Each family represented in the car will receive a wide variety of items available that day such as fresh produce, dairy items, proteins, and snacks. Items do vary each distribution. The same amount of food will be distributed to each family. First come, first served.

- Each family must be represented by at least one person (18 years or older) in the vehicle
- Walkers are welcome from 9:45 - 10 am only. Please check in at the front door. Once vehicles begin to move through, we cannot accomodate walkers. 
- Volunteers are not eligible to receive food before, during, or after their shift. 

2017 CFD Schedule
Each event is held from 10 am to noon at the Food Bank of the Southern Tier: 388 Upper Oakwood Avenue, Elmira, NY 14903. Pre-registration is not required. First come, first served. Each family will receive the same amount of food.

August 18, 2018
10 am - Noon

December 15, 2018
10 am - Noon

For questions or more information, please contact Mark Lisi or call 607.796.5592.

To volunteer during a CFD, click here to be directed to our online volunteer registration portal. 

For more information, dial 2-1-1 (or 1-800-346-2211) or visit
You might be eligible to receive monthly food assistance through SNAP (food stamps). Click here to learn more, or call 607.796.5592.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

388 Upper Oakwood Ave.
Elmira, New York 14903

Phone: 607.796.6061
Toll Free: 800-794-4088

Fax: 607.796.6028
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8-4 
(Summer hours Mon.-Thurs. 8-4:30; Fri. 8-1)

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