Holiday Food Hubs Make It Easy to Give Fresh Food to Neighbors in Need

DecemberPosterFor Release: December 13, 2013

Holiday Food Hubs Make It Easy to Give Fresh Food to Neighbors in Need

ITHACA, N.Y. — Friendship Donations Network’s new Holiday Food Hubs will make it easy to donate food to those in need in our community during the holiday season by dropping it off at new, convenient neighborhood locations.

Unlike other food drives, which collect mostly canned goods, donors to this drive are encouraged to give fresh, perishable food — everything from sweet potatoes to cranberries to salad makings. Two turkeys were donated during the November collection.

There are 2 collection locations: 222 East Falls Street and 411 North Cayuga Street. Both will accept food donations from Saturday, Dec. 14, through Monday, Dec. 23. 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM daily.

Volunteers will transfer food from the hubs to FDN’s facility in the Just Be Cause Center on West State Street to be stored in the cooler or freezer before being distributed to area food pantries.

The idea for the Holiday Food Hubs came from an FDN volunteer who distributes food to low income housing communities in Ithaca. She observes the increased need that many people experience during the winter holiday season.

For the past 25 years Friendship Donations Network (FDN) has been collecting fresh, nutritious food from area supermarkets and farms that would otherwise be thrown away and distributing it to area food pantries. The volunteer organization serves 2,000 people weekly through its hunger relief programs.

Friendship Donations Network is available to accept donations of food 7 days/week. Call 216-9522 to coordinate pickup or drop off.