SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News)- The Food Bank of Central New York has seen an increase in food distributed to families since many children attend a school with a hybrid-learning plan.
Parents can’t rely on their children to receive breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday from schools anymore, which saved parents money before the pandemic, according to the food bank’s chief development officer Lynn Hy.
“It’s a basic human right for people to be able to grow and thrive and having nutritious food is so important,” Hy said. “It’s a key component to the success of a person.”
There has also been a rise in food donated to senior citizens who have been afraid to leave their home because of COVID-19.
“We’re working with the county to identify low-income senior housing facilities and get food right to those facilities so that the seniors don’t have to go out and endanger themselves with the virus, but they still have access to nutritious food,” Hy said.
The food bank has a 36,000 square feet warehouse that holds more than 950 pallets of food.
The warehouse includes a 25,000 square feet refrigerator that holds 400 pallets of food and a freezer that holds more than 900 pallets.
Distribution vehicles deliver food to the food bank’s partner agencies Monday through Friday and pick up donations from local grocery stores and other food partner programs.
Partner agencies include food pantries, soup kitchens and emergency shelters within 11 counties, which are Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego and St. Lawrence.