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Very Important Volunteer Awards sponsored by M&T Bank


Postpoined date TBD
*by special invitation for volunteers who’ve met a service hours minimum*



5:00 – 6:00 pm


Food Bank of the Southern Tier


By special invitation, our wonderful volunteers who have donated 10 or more hours in our warehouse.


Because our volunteers donated more than 20,000 hours last year. We cannot do what we do without them!

Did You know?

In 2019, our amazing volunteers gave 20,698 hours of their time. That is the labor value equivalent to $526,350. Volunteers sorted and repacked 1.6 million pounds of food and grocery products and packed more than 120,000 bags of food for kids in our BackPack Program last year.

What are the VIVAs?

VIVAs = Very Important Volunteer Awards
This event is an opportunity for the Food Bank to recognize and thank our valued volunteers for all of their time, efforts and help in achieving our vision of creating a future without hunger.

Award Categories

Volunteer Excellence
Presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to the Food Bank through time, actions, and long-standing dedication to volunteering.

Volunteer Duo
Presented to two individuals who are role models for compassion and service and strive to make the world a better place by volunteering together on a regular basis.

Excellence in Collaboration
Presented to an influential group whose contributions and partnership with the Food Bank have resulted in a greater collective impact than one organization could achieve on its own.

Excellence in Community Service
Presented to a corporate group whose culture encourages and empowers staff to volunteer. Their efforts and support have made a positive impact on our volunteer program and in our community.

Junior Volunteer of the Year
Presented to a volunteer under age 18 for extraordinary service and dedication to our mission and whose
continuous contributions of time have made an impact on ending hunger in our communities.

Volunteer of the Year
Presented to an individual who has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to volunteerism, has frequently helped at special events and other occasions, and consistently goes above and beyond to help end hunger in our communities.

Full Circle Award
Presented to an individual who is a dedicated and long-standing volunteer, donor, and advocate. They actively, and publicly, advocate for the Food Bank’s mission and for social and political change to help end hunger in our communities.

2019 VIVA Winners

Frank Bohman
Volunteer of the Year

Mel Winton
Volunteer Excellence Honorable Mention

Tom Zacharias
Mobile Food Pantry MFP
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McKenna Kagle
Jr. Volunteer of the Year

Ron Rehner
in memorium

Full Circle Award
Accepted by children Michelle Giacchino & Ron Rehner Jr.

Barb Richardson
Volunteer Excellence

First Heritage Federal Credit Union
Excellence in Collaboration
Accepted by Julie Monahan

Bill & Barb Powell
Volunteer Duo

Excellence in Community Service
Accepted by Lorri Thornton & Scott Snow

Thank you M&T Bank for your support and sponsorship of the 2020 VIVAs!

For more information, email the Volunteer Coordinator
607.796.6061 x4043