Information Provided by: Food Bank of the Southern Tier

Food Bank of the Southern Tier Assists with Flood Relief Efforts

By Bryan Mercer

Food Bank of the Southern Tier Assists with Flood Relief Efforts

September 23, 2011 Updated Sep 23, 2011 at 11:22 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) In response to devastating flood damage across the Southern Tier, the Food Bank of the Southern Tier has distributed over 235,000 pounds of flood relief product, throughout Broome and Tioga counties.

Items such as household cleaning supplies and personal care items including bleach, laundry detergent, dish soap, bar soap, and shampoo; bottled water; ready to eat food items; pet food and baby food have been distributed to relief centers in affected communities as well as through the Food Bank’s network of member agencies, including food pantries and meal sites.

The Food Bank has worked closely with agencies, including the Red Cross, Catholic Charities, Community Care Network of Nichols, Tioga Opportunities, Inc., Barton Community Center, Salvation Army, CHOW, Nichols Fire Department, and Tioga Outreach Center to provide emergency food assistance to those affected by flooding.

The Food Bank also conducted emergency Mobile Food Pantry distributions in Nichols, Wellsburg, Binghamton, Waverly and
surrounding areas.

Also, Food Bank staff has participated in meetings of the Broome County Citizens and Organizations Active in Disaster (BCCOAD) and Tioga Area Resource Partners (TARP) which have aided in our deployment of resources.

Local donors such as Behlogs, Jubilee Foods, Pepsi Bottling Company, Sysco, Tops Friendly Markets, Wegmans Food Markets responded quickly to the Food Bank’s request for assistance.

Tioga Downs donated $25,000 and the Petco Foundation donated $5,000 as well as pet food, in support of the Food Bank's flood relief efforts.

The Seneca Beverage Corporation in Elmira Heights allowed the Food Bank to borrow one of their trucks to assist with Mobile Food Pantry distributions.

The Food Bank plans to continue acquiring and distributing disaster relief items to individuals and agencies throughout the Southern Tier for as long as necessary. If you or someone you know is in need of food assistance, visit the Food Bank’s website www.foodbankst.org or call 607-7976-6061 for a listing of hunger-relief agencies and Mobile Food Pantry distributions.

If you are interested in supporting the Food Bank’s flood relief efforts, visit www.foodbankst.org or call 607-796-6061.

A $5 donation enables the Food Bank to acquire over $27 worth of food and grocery products, such as bottled water, peanut butter, tuna, canned soup, vegetables, ravioli, pasta & beef meals as well as cleaning supplies such as bleach, toiletries and paper towels.

The Food Bank is also in need of volunteers to help repackage bulk food for distribution to those affected by flooding.