Production Room 2

Volunteer Information

The Food Bank of the Southern Tier's warehouse receives, repacks, and distributes millions of pounds of food every year. Each day, volunteers sort and repack food and other donated items to prepare them for distribution to our Southern Tier communities. Without the help of 500 volunteers each week, we wouldn't have been able to distribute 12.5 million+ pounds last year. 

Become a part of our network of volunteers working to end hunger in the Southern Tier. 
Your time is the most precious gift you can give.

The impact goes well beyond the volunteer experience and resonates throughout the communities we serve. 

For more information, check out the Frequently Asked Questions.

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.

In 2016, volunteers contributed over 50,000 hours of their time to the Food Bank.
We couldn't have done our work without them! Thank you!

Opportunities - What Can I Do?

Food Bank Warehouse - 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.

Ithaca, Binghamton & Johnson City BackPack RePacks- On Wednesdays during the school year, volunteers assemble packs of food for kids enrolled our BackPack Program in the Ithaca, Johnson City and Binghamton communities.

Mobile Food Pantry - Volunteers meet our Mobile Food Pantry truck at pre-designated sites to help set up, distribute food and assist in clean up. MFP locations happen six days a week throughout our service area.

Summer Food Service Program - During the summer, volunteers hand out lunches and snacks to children at risk of hunger in parks and community centers located in throughout our service area.

Food Bank Garden - Volunteers adopt a raised garden bed for the season; planting, watering, weeding and harvesting their bounty of fresh vegetables for our Kids’ Farmers Markets.

Kids' Farmers Market - Volunteers distribute fresh produce to kids at markets in Elmira, Watkins Glen, and Addison.   

Gleaning - Volunteers rescue produce (like apples and potatoes) at local farms which then gets distributed to our neighbors in need through our Mobile Food Pantries.

Corporate Partners
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.

Opportunities include:

  • BackPack RePack (both at Food Bank and offsite location)
  • Can-structure Building
  • Scoop-a-thon
  • Reservation of Food Bank conference room for meals and meetings
  • Recognition as Corporate Partner on listing in Volunteer Lounge
  • Exclusive invitation to VIVAs (Very Important Volunteer Awards) event


Our volunteer registration portal is sponsored by: 


For more information contact:
Jennifer Harris, Volunteer Coordinator
607.796.6061 x4043 or Email

388 Upper Oakwood Ave.
Elmira, New York 14903

Phone: 607.796.6061
Fax: 607.796.6028
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8-4 
(Summer hours Mon.-Thurs. 8-4:30; Fri. 8-1)

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