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The Food Bank of the Southern Tier's warehouse receives and distributes millions of pounds of food every year. Each day, volunteers sort and repack that food and other donated items to prepare them for distribution to our Southern Tier communities. We need 500 volunteers every week to help us keep up with the volume of food we receive so no one goes hungry.
Become a part of our network of volunteers working to end hunger in the Southern Tier.
The impact goes well beyond the volunteer experience and resonates throughout the communities we serve.
You will be asked to e-sign a Volunteer Agreement and Liability Waiver each year. To review the waiver, click here.
For directions, please click here.
Last year, volunteers contributed over 50,000 hours of their time to the Food Bank.
We couldn't have done our work without them! Thank you!
Sort & Repack - In our production room at the Food Bank's warehouse in Elmira, volunteers sort and repack bulk foods and items for redistribution to our neighbors in need and assemble bags for kids in our BackPack Program.
Mobile Food Pantry - meet our Mobile Food Pantry truck at pre-designated sites to help set up, distribute food and assist in clean up. MFPs happen six days a week throughout our service area.
Summer Meals - hand out lunches and snacks to children in need at parks and community centers located throughout six counties
Food Bank Garden - adopt a raised garden bed for the season; planting, watering, weeding and harvesting your bounty of fresh vegetables for our Kids’ Farmers Markets.
Kids' Farmers Market - distribute fresh produce to kids at markets in Chemung, Steuben, Schuyler, Tompkins and Tioga counties.
Gleaning - rescue produce (like apples and potatoes) at local farms which then gets distributed to our neighbors in need through our Mobile Food Pantries and Kids' Farmers Markets.
Our corporate partners strengthen their work teams by engaging with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. Let us help you build your team while helping to feed families across the region. See brochure.
Contact Jennifer Harris, Volunteer Coordinator, to customize your experience with us! 607.796.6061 or email
388 Upper Oakwood Ave.
Elmira, New York 14903
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8-4
(Summer hours Mon.-Thurs. 8-4:30; Fri. 8-1)
The Food Bank of the Southern Tier is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. EIN 20-8808059