Neighborhood Food Hubs

Don’t Let Your Veggies Grow Up to be Compost!

Have extra produce from your garden or CSA share?  Donate it!

The 2020 season of FDN’s Neighborhood Food Hubs ended for some on October 15, but some hubs are still active. See the updated list below.

Contact us if you would like to host a Neighborhood Food Hub this season!

Area gardeners have donated more than 27,000 pounds of produce since the program began in 2013!

Purpose of Neighborhood Food Hubs

  • Help home gardeners donate their extra garden bounty.
  • Connect neighbors and communities to fresh, healthy, hyper-local food.
  • Reduce waste.

How Hubs Help

  • Improve community access to fresh food.
  • Raise awareness about the impact of homegrown food.
  • Rescue lovingly grown food from an untimely end at the compost heap.

Best practices for donating fresh produce to food pantries during COVID from AmpleHarvest.org

COVID-19 Garden Vegetable Donation Guidelines

2020 Neighborhood Food Hub locations and schedule:

*Denotes Give & Take hubs where everyone is welcome to take what they can use in addition to sharing their surplus. Other hubs accept donations to be shared with the programs listed below. 

ITHACA

  • EcoVillage at Ithaca: Available to accept donations from residents of EcoVillage only. Donations distributed through No Mas Lagrimas. 
  • 215 First Street, 7 days/week 8 am–8 pm *Give & Take hub
  • Tompkins Community Action, 701 Spencer Rd, Monday–Friday 9:30 am–4 pm. Donations accepted for Tompkins Community Action food pantry and supportive housing programs. 
  • 311 Wood St, 7 days/week 8 am–8 pm *Give & Take hub
  • YMCA, 50 Graham Rd, Monday & Friday 11 am–5 pm *Give & Take hub

BROOKTONDALE

  • Caroline Food Pantry, 524 Valley Rd in the Old Fire Hall, 1st & 3rd Monday 9–11:30 am & 4–4:30 pm. Donations accepted for the Caroline Food Pantry. 

GROTON

  • Groton Public Library, 112 E. Cortland St. 24/7 *Give & Take hub. Contact Sara Knobel, (607) 898-5055.

*Denotes Give & Take hubs where everyone is welcome to take what they can use in addition to sharing their surplus. Other hubs accept donations to be shared with the programs listed above. 

Read more about FDN’s Neighborhood Food Hubs:

Give Garden Surplus to Those Who Need It Most Through Our 17 Food Hubs, by Linda Myers, August 2016.

“Food Hubs Help Distribute Surplus Produce” by Linda Brandt Myers. Tompkins Weekly, June 8, 2015. Signs of Sustainability series, page 8.