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The Business of Food Banking

For over 40 years, the Food Bank of the Southern Tier has been delivering food and hope to our neighbors in need. Converging crises are creating critical operations obstacles for local hunger-relief efforts..
  • Increased Food Costs: The Food Bank sources food from USDA overstock commodities, the Feeding America national network of food banks, and the wholesale market. Ballooning food prices have led to a $132,000 increase in costs, $1.7M in products we were unable to receive due to unavailability, and significant cancellation of donated products we rely on for our youth programs.
  • Increased Fuel Costs: Our trucks travel 125,000 miles per year, bringing food to pantries in our six-county service area. Record-high inflation is causing pain at the pump for those struggling to afford food—and for the Food Bank’s delivery fleet, leading to a $13,596 rise in delivery expenses.
  • Increased Need: The COVID-19 crisis led to dramatic increases in Food Bank utilization. Government relief programs, such as expanded SNAP benefits and the Child Tax Credit, have now ended, creating an expected 15% elevated need for food support in our area.
  • Decreased Staffing: Nationwide shortages of CDL drivers, the NY State childcare shortage, and pandemic work stoppages are contributing to massive supply chain disruptions impacting our ability to affordably source and deliver food products. To retain our warehouse staff and remain competitive, we have raised wages, leading to an additional operations cost of $38,000.

While the Food Bank is a part of Catholic Charities, we are an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, with tax ID # 20-8808059.

Other Ways to Donate

  • By Mail
    Make checks payable to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier
    Mail to: 388 Upper Oakwood Avenue Elmira, NY 14903
  • By Phone
    Call the Development & Community Engagement Department at 607.796.6061
    We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover
  • In Person
    Stop by the Food Bank during normal business hours to make a donation via cash, check or credit card

For more information contact our Development department or Annual Fund team at 607.796.6061.

If you are in need of assistance, find a nearby food pantry or meal program near you