Friendship Donations Network’s Neighborhood Food Hubs Begin July 1

Have extra produce from your garden or CSA share? Here’s an easy way to donate it to neighbors in need through a food pantry in your area!

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This summer, gardeners and CSA members throughout Tompkins County (and beyond!) will have a convenient way to donate their extra vegetables, fruit and eggs, by dropping them off at one of 15 convenient Neighborhood Food Hub coolers in Ithaca, Danby, Dryden, Groton, Lodi and Newfield.

There is at least one active Neighborhood Food Hub on every day of the week from July 1 – October 1.

Neighborhood Food Hubs make donating garden produce easy! Volunteer Hubsters host coolers on their front porches one day a week, which serve as the drop-off locations for your donated produce. Volunteers then redistribute your donations to food pantries, primarily within the communities where they are donated.

The fresh food not only “offsets hunger but also improves people’s diets in our community,” says Sara Knobel, manager of the Groton Public Library, which hosts a food hub as well as a food pantry on Tuesdays. One recipient “took my hand and said: ‘God bless you. It makes such a difference,’” Knobel recalls.

Gardeners donated more than 3,500 pounds of excess vegetables, fruits and eggs to Neighborhood Food Hubs during the 2013 and 2014 seasons. This year FDN hopes for even more food donations.

The 2015 season will run from July 1 – October 1. For more information, visit: <friendshipdonations.org/hubs>.

2015 Neighborhood Food Hubs map of locations and schedule:

Ithaca
Mondays, 8am-5pm, starting July 6: Plant Science Building, Cornell University
Tuesdays, 8am-8pm, starting July 7: EcoVillage at Ithaca
Wednesdays, 9:30am-6:30pm, starting July 1: Ithaca Children’s Garden
Thursdays, 8am-8pm, starting July 9: 222 E. Falls St.
Wednesdays and Sundays, 9am-6:30pm, starting July 2: Ithaca Community Gardens
Fridays, 10am-8pm, starting July 10: Southside Community Center, 305 S. Plain St.
Saturdays, 8am-8pm, starting July 4: 411 N. Cayuga St.
Saturdays, 8am-8pm, starting July 4: Cornell Garden Plots, Freese Rd.
Sundays, 9am-12pm, starting July 5: First Congregational Church, Highland Rd.
Sundays 2-4pm and Mondays 12-4pm, starting July 5: Breckenridge Place, Seneca St.


Danby
Wednesdays, 8am-8pm, starting July 1: 222 Bald Hill Rd.

Dryden
Sundays, 7am-7pm, starting July 5: 33 James St.

Groton
Tuesdays, 10am-9pm, starting July 7: Groton Public Library, 112 E. Cortland St.

Lodi
Fridays 8am-8pm and Saturdays 8am-12pm, starting July 3: Lodi Whittier Library, 2155 E. Seneca St.

Newfield
Tuesdays 8am-7pm and Wednesdays 8am-6pm, starting July 1: Newfield Central School and Newfield Methodist Church.

Purpose of Neighborhood Food Hubs
▪ Help home gardeners donate their extra garden bounty.
▪ Connect neighbors and communities to fresh, healthy, hyper-local food.
▪ Reduce food 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.

The 2015 Neighborhood Food Hubs season is made possible through a grant from the Sustainable Tompkins Neighborhood Mini-grant program, donations from the Ithaca Alternative Gift Fair and Ithaca Sign Works, and of course the volunteer “hubsters” who make it all happen!

About Friendship Donations Network
Friendship Donations Network, which was founded in 1988 by Sara Pines, rescues fresh, nutritious food that would otherwise be thrown away at area stores and farms. Its volunteers then redistribute it to neighbors in need through pantries and programs that serve more than 2,100 people weekly. Each year FDN diverts over 500,000 lbs. of good food from local landfill. More information at: http://friendshipdonations.org/

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