The Food Bank of the Southern Tier has received major support from the United Way of Broome County. The United Way’s Basic Needs & Strategic Priorities Grant Program will provide $32,000 in funding for the Broome County Mobile Food Pantry for the 2019-2020 fiscal year, and the Capacity Building Grant Program will give $6,000 toward the implementation of the Food Bank’s new Community Service Model.
The Broome County Mobile Food Pantry delivers fresh produce, dairy products and other food and grocery items to community sites throughout Broome County. In 2018, the Mobile Food Pantry distributed 740,000 meals to Broome County residents.
The Food Bank has reorganized its Community Service Model to expand the organization’s capacity to nurture and maintain positive relationships with Broome County partners. Each of the six counties served by the Food Bank has a Programs & Partnerships Coordinator who will be the primary contact with all partners in that county. Previously, numerous Food Bank team members coordinated programs with partners. The new model allows one Food Bank point person to become an expert on needs and services in each county. Erica Miner has been named Programs & Partnerships Coordinator for Broome and Tioga Counties.