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Volunteer Spotlight: Robbie Sanders & Nancy Siegele

By Brigid Higgins, May 2022 As an intern at FDN, I have spent every Friday morning for the last few months volunteering alongside longtime FDN volunteers Robbie Sanders and Nancy Siegele. The Friday morning pick-up has become second nature to them both; watching them work so intuitively is incredibly impressive. Nancy and Robbie know what […]

Food Distribution Partner Spotlight: LEAD/REACH Medical

By Brigid Higgins, April 2022 When people cannot afford essentials like hygiene products or food, they are more likely to steal these necessities out of desperation. Rather than incarcerating individuals who commit these misdemeanors, police officers can divert the charge and direct community members toward resources, support, and trauma-informed care by referring them to the […]

New Food Justice Mural at FDN

Help us reach our fundraising goal before 4/15 with a matching donation! The Youth Farm Project’s Social Justice Immersion program, Friendship Donations Network and Ithaca Murals are teaming together to fundraise for a youth mural project at the Just Be Cause Center.  7 BIPOC teens will work with artist Maryam Adib this Spring. These young people […]

Food Distribution Partner Spotlight: Varna Community Center

An interview with Laurie Snyder. Written by Brigid Higgins, March 2022 The Varna Community Center provides a variety of programs and services for residents within the hamlet of Varna in Dryden, N.Y., including after-school care for local students.  Laurie Snyder, the chairperson of the Varna Community Association Board of Directors, mentors the after-school program and […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Karen Comstock and Vicki Gayle

Written by Brigid Higgins, February 2022 Karen Comstock and Vicki Gayle both began volunteering with FDN about eight years ago when Karen’s friend and FDN board member Carolyn Tomaino asked Karen to join the board. Karen was not familiar with FDN at the time and confessed that she was hesitant to join the board at […]