The Food Bank of the Southern Tier announces that a donation was received in the amount of $1,000 from United Healthcare. These funds will be used to support the Food Bank’s Mobile Food Pantry Program. United Healthcare has also become involved with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier through volunteerism. Employees from all over New York State recently participated in a food repackaging activity.
“We are proud to support the Food Bank of the Southern Tier to help make a difference in the fight against hunger,” said Jennifer Cohen-Smith, President of United Healthcare Medicare & Retirement in New York. “We are committed to helping individuals live healthier lives and providing families in need is one way we can help achieve that goal.”
The Food Bank of the Southern Tier’s Mobile Food Pantry Program currently consists of two converted 35-foot beverage trucks which deliver fresh produce, dairy products, and other food and grocery products directly to distribution sites where people need food. The Mobile Food Pantry can transport up to 15,000 pounds of food with a typical mobile pantry distribution, providing food to 200 to 250 families in need. In 2012, the Mobile Food Pantry trucks distributed 2,817,228 pounds of food, including 687,245 pounds of produce, at 575 distributions.
Each week, over 11,000 individuals visit a hunger-relief member agency served by the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. In 2012, the Food Bank distributed over 7.8 million pounds of food to neighbors in need across the six Southern Tier counties of Broome, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins.
To learn more about how you can make a difference in the fight against hunger, visit the Food Bank’s website at www.foodbankst.org or call 607.796.6061.