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The Hunger Education Program in the past has been limited by the capacity of Food Bank staff to facilitate activities. Enlisting committed community volunteers who are trained by the Food Bank to teach both the Hunger 101 and Hunger Scholars lessons is a key part of our strategy to deepen the impact of the Hunger Education Program. These “Community Educators may already be working with a youth group and want to integrate hunger scholars curriculum into their work or they may want to be “on-call and facilitate with groups in their community that express an interest in Hunger Education programming.

What Do Community Educators Do?

Community Educators facilitate Hunger 101 and /or Hunger Scholars programming in their area with youth from Pre-K through high school. Community Educators may already be working with youth or be willing to work with new youth groups interested in Hunger Education.

Community Educators can choose the age group they are most interested in working with, work with the Community Engagement Coordinator to reach out to local youth groups, and also help connect youth to community projects that enrich the Hunger Education program.

Most importantly, Community Educators widen the reach of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier's Hunger Education Program.  With the help of our Community Educators, we are building a youth movement against hunger and poverty in the Southern Tier.

If you are interested in becoming a Community Educator, please complete the following steps:

  1. Download and review the Community Educator Handbook.
  2. Download a Community Educator Application, fill it out and return it the Hunger Education Coordinator, or click here to fill out the application online.
  3. Attend a training hosted by the Food Bank of the Southern Tier
  4. Have a background check conducted at the Food Bank of the Southern Tier’s expense (this may be waived if the applicant is already working within schools)
  5. Co-facilitate a lesson alongside with the Hunger Education Coordinator or an experienced Community Educator
  6. Work with the Hunger Education Coordinator to create a 3 month outreach plan

For more information contact:
Randi Lynn Quackenbush, Advocacy and Education Manager
at 607.796.6061 x4039 or email

388 Upper Oakwood Ave.
Elmira, New York 14903

Phone: 607.796.6061
Fax: 607.796.6028
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8-4

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