Your support keeps FDN agile. Together we’ve been rescuing and redistributing food every single day for almost 35 years!

December 6, 2022

Dear friends,

Friendship Donations Network is a food rescue organization based in Ithaca, NY that has been operating since 1988. As a community, we can be proud that we have been rescuing and redistributing food every single day for almost 35 years. We are writing to ask that you consider making a contribution to help us continue operating in our community. You can donate right here on the FDN website.

FDN recovers surplus food from dozens of food donors (including stores, farms, colleges, other food-related businesses, and individuals) averaging 1,500 pounds of fresh food a day. We provide free food to 50 food distribution partners who share it with more than 2,000 people each week through meal programs, food pantries, community organizations, and grassroots distribution.

This organization is able to exist because of dedicated volunteers, partners, and our generous community of supporters, which includes YOU!

The impact of FDN’s role in the community is to show people how to share the abundance of fresh food that surrounds us – simply and equitably, with as few barriers and as little bureaucracy as possible. We operate rooted in trust and we recognize that relationships are at the center of everything we do.

Here are some highlights of the win-win-wins that have happened this year in the FDN community:


– With appreciation from Meaghan and the FDN board

Our end of year appeal letter linked here and above contains inspiring words from some of FDN’s partners and volunteers, including:

  • Tammy Hulbert, Tompkins County Mental Health Personalized Recovery Oriented Services
  • Greg Russo, Farmer Ground Flour
  • Lucy, REACH Medical
    Rev. Christina Culver, Loaves & Fishes
  • Annika on gleaning
  • Ricardo, Opportunities Alternatives and Resources