Education Resources

Learn about the organizations CHR partners with:

Tompkins Food Future

The food system plan, “Tompkins Food Future,” is intended to educate, advise, and support local governments and institutions in their effort to create a food system that is more locally- and regionally-based, more sustainable, equitable, and healthy for all residents. Check out their research on Tompkins County's food system below:

Friendship Donations Network

"Simply put, FDN rescues food and reduces hunger in our community. FDN focuses on rescuing foods that have a limited shelf life and so are not typically available in a traditional food bank model. These nutritious foods, such as fresh fruits, vegetables, and breads, are donated by local food outlets, including stores, restaurants, farms and colleges. Every day, volunteers deliver these perishable items directly to local pantries and other community food programs. FDN calls upon its network of volunteers to respond quickly once food becomes available, in order to ensure that food is distributed within a few hours on the day it is picked up. If FDN did not exist, most of this food would be discarded, contributing to environmental degradation and increased hunger."

- From the FDN Website, read more here

FDN works closely with Cornell Hunger Relief throughout our Big Red Food Drive, as they collect all the donations we receive and distribute them to local food pantries and hunger relief programs. In 2019, we worked together to collect and distribute over 1500lbs of food to residents of Tompkins County.



A 4-minute overview of Friendship Donations Network, a food rescue organization located in Ithaca, NY. Volunteer-driven, operating 364 days/year since 1988.

Food Bank of the Southern Tier

"Vision: The Food Bank of the Southern Tier is committed to creating a future without hunger where access to healthy food by all is recognized as fundamental to the well-being and success of individuals and the foundation of a strong, vibrant society.

Who We Serve: Our service area includes Broome, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins counties, covering nearly 4,000 square miles. Our partnership with member agencies across our service area is crucial to our mission as they ensure the food we acquire and distribute gets to the people who need it most."

- From the FBST Website, read more here

CHR sends volunteers to some of FBST's local direct-service service programs, such as their Mobile Food Pantries (MFPs), which utilize beverage distribution trucks retrofitted for food banking purposes to deliver fresh produce, dairy, and other food and grocery products directly to consumers in rural areas.