FDN’s mission is to bridge the gap between surplus food (which would otherwise be dumped) and hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity through efficient recovery and redistribution of nutritious food to our needy neighbors. There is no eligibility requirement for those wanting food.
One out of four people in Tompkins County- 27% is affected by food insecurity/hunger. FDN serves 2,500 persons weekly through 25 programs which include food pantries, community hot meals, outreach food deliveries to rural poor; low-wage work sites, non-profits and youth programs. There is food offered somewhere in Tompkins County seven days a week. For locations and hours you can visit the FDN website.
The annual estimated amount of FDN food donations is $1.5 to $2million for 600,000 to 800,000 pounds of mostly fresh perishable, nutritious food! 100% of donations fund direct services. FDN has 200 volunteers and is 99% volunteer run.
FDN has recently needed to hire a part time coordinator at an annual cost of $14,580. This person’s salary is the only overhead cost for running this program. For the last 20 years Sara Pines, the founder of the program has donated her time to serve as coordinator. She now needs to find a successor.
THERE IS NOT ENOUGH FUNDING TO PAY THE COORDINATOR AND UNLESS FUNDS ARE RAISED THROUGH DONATIONS FDN WILL BE REQUIRED TO CLOSE IT”S DOORS.
FDN needs donations to pay for the coordinator’s salary. If you can help, please vist their website for more information