Many community members are concerned about consistent access to food during this unique time.
There is a great deal that you can do for your own household to feel secure for the near future and the long run. Community members have also put some systems in place to support each other during this period of uncertainty.
The Food Bank of the Southern Tier will be hosting a drive-thru Community Food Distribution on Thursday, May 21 from 10am-12pm at TC3 in Dryden. Registration is required and will be open from 8am-4pm on Tues 5/19 and Wed 5/20. People can register online here or by calling 1-833-432-3663. This distribution will feature an abundance of perishable items, including recent donations from Nourish NY. This is a drive-thru to limit person-to-person contact so you must be in a vehicle. Limited deliveries will also be available.
Our Food Resources Page has links to local pantries, free meal sites and other subsidized food options.
Emergency Food Delivery Requests available through United Way, working with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.
Contact 2-1-1 at the Human Services Coalition. Operators there will help answer your questions and connect you to local food assistance agencies. This is the best way for someone without internet access to seek help, so please spread the word about this service to those who may benefit.
Tompkins County COVID-19 Community Resource Website - Includes food pantry, school meals, take-out and delivery options along with information on childcare, housing, unemployment and other necessities.
Community Aid Tompkins (Facebook Group) - Let you neighbors know what you need and someone may offer to bring items to your doorstep. Sharing your needs may bring solace as well as new options from many talented and caring people.
Tompkins Food Task Force Directory of Food Options - Use this list of options to identify the best resources for your household.
Food Planning During the Coronovirus Pandemic from the USDA (including a 2 week meal plan and shopping list)
COVID-19 Consumer Food Safety from the Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University This resource includes a FAQ, including the following:
How should we wash fresh produce? (Posted 3/30/20)
With cold running water only. NEVER use soap or a bleach solution. Detergents and bleach solutions are not meant to be consumed or used on food, and washing your fresh produce in these solutions can make you sick.
Local Nurseries (vegetable starts available after April 1)
Support Your Local Farms (some local farms are offering delivery of assorted produce and many are setting up drive-through farm stands)