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While our Education Center is closed, our staff is making as much of our work remotely available as possible and they are actively creating new programs to meet emerging needs. The brief descriptions below provide a snapshot of some of these programs, links to additional information, and contact numbers for relevant staff members should you wish to know more or access these programs. As always,we encourage you to reach out to any of us at the email or phone extension listed at: with needs you have identified, or ideas for new efforts. We're here to help, with resources - and people-you can trust!

Seed, Soil, and Plant Giveaway at Southside Community Center. CCE’s Horticulture Program will distribute free seeds during the Southside Community Center Food Pantry hours on Saturday, May 23 from 11am-1pm. All are welcome, seeds will be distributed first come-first served. This giveaway will include packs of seeds that can go into the ground right away or be grown on a windowsill for fresh leafy greens or micro-greens. CCE-Tompkins staff members will be on hand to answer questions (from an appropriate distance). Get more info at their website.

Pay-what-you-can box of fresh local produce. Health Food for All, with local farmers, and support from foundations and private donors, is able to provide boxes of organic produce for “pay-what-you-can” . Request online in adavnce and pick-up on Saturday, May 23 from 3-3:50pm OR Monday, May 25 from 3-4:50pm (location provided on the order form) — OR —delivered Saturday 4-6pm to anywhere in Tompkins County (free).

Food Task Force: CCE staff collaborations with the Tompkins County Food Task Force have included 

1. providing flyers on food access to be distributed through pantry boxes, partnering organization newsletters, town newsletters, faith based organizations, social media posts and lawn signs
2. Leading efforts to integrate perishabled at The Space (TC's new food distribution hub for Food Bank deliveries and early implementation of farm processing) to oversee safe use;
3. improving food access web resources to be linked to from the Health Department and used by 211 (ongoing - both COVID-19 food resources and potentially other pages);
4. Providing listservs for all working groups and project managment site and shared folders;
5. Supporting CSA farms communicate about shared delivery services (with Way2Go) to meet demands for home delivery;
6. Supporting health team efforts to distribute health and safety information to farmers and consumers.

Food Business Incubation Program (FoodBIP): The COVID-19 pandemic has both disrupted food supply chains and highlighted the importance of local food producers. The Food Business Incubation Program (FoodBIP), a project of CCE-Tompkins and the Finger Lakes Regional Prosperity Network, has been working with local food and beverage manufacturers to set up online ordering and delivery, find new distribution options, access resources on food safety and pandemic relief, and manage cash flow during this time. Contact Amina Omari, Food Business Development Director, at

Healthy Food For All COVID Produce & Pantry Boxes: This is a collaborative project with Friendship Donation Network, and Press Bay Alley Food Hub. Emergency food supplies from pantries were unable to include perishables so Healthy Food For All stepped in to deliver local produce to families through this effort and the partnership with Farm to School, with boxes going directly to families in need. HFFA is applying for more funding at this time.Contact: Liz Karabinakis, Community Food Educator, at (607) 272-2292 (Voicemail #242) or 


Sandy Repp
Communications Coordinator
607-272-2292 ext 158

Last updated May 26, 2020