Production Room 2

Volunteer Information


Did you know we need 500 volunteers every week at the Food Bank of the Southern Tier?
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.

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!

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 foods to prepare them for distribution to the Southern Tier communities.

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

Opportunities - What Can I Do?
Volunteer opportunities at our Elmira facility include repackaging and sorting donated food items for redistribution to local food pantries, churches, youth programs and meal kitchens. 

We also offer volunteering opportunities in Ithaca, Binghamton and Johnson City during the school year. Here, volunteers assemble packs of food for redistribution to children at risk of hunger through our BackPack Program™.     

Volunteering is a great bonding experience for families and friends as well as an excellent team building opportunity for businesses. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Elmira Facility - Volunteer in our production room located in the Food Bank's warehouse and distribution facility in Elmira. Volunteers repack bulk food items for redistribution to our neighbors in need and assemble bags of nutritious, kid-friendly food items for the Food Bank's BackPack Program™.

Ithaca, Binghamton & Johnson City - During the school year, volunteer to assemble packs of food for our BackPack Program™ at locations in Ithaca, Johnson City and Binghamton.

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 at senior housing centers throughout our service area.

Summer Food Service Program - During the summer, volunteer to distribute food to children at risk of hunger in parks located in throughout our service area.

Food Bank Garden - Volunteer to work in the Food Bank's garden by adopting a raised garden bed. Help us grow fresh vegetables for our Kids’ Farmers Market program.

Kids' Farmers Market - In July and August, volunteers distribute fresh produce at sites in Elmira, Watkins Glen, and Addison.   

Gleaning - Volunteers harvest produce at local farms which then gets distributed to our neighbors in need through our Mobile Food Pantries.

Corporate PartnershipsOur 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.
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.

Thank you for your commitment to feeding families in need!

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For more information contact:
Jennifer Burbank, 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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