FEED HOPE. GIVE TO THE FOOD BANK.
When You Give To The Food Bank, You Never Know Who You Might Help
April Bridges - Mother of four sons, working and attending college
For a single mother with four sons, the Food Bank of the Southern Tier was a lifeline. April Bridges was a member of the Food Bank’s legislative breakfast panel during Hunger Action Month. Click here to read April's story.
"Food Bank programs lifted up my family and put us on the road to better lives."
Linda Wintermute - Wife, Mother and Assistant Director at Bread Of Life Food Pantry, Candor, NY
When Linda Wintermute and her husband moved to Candor, NY, they faced one of the biggest challenges of their lives: the prospect of suddenly having eight mouths to feed. Though Linda’s husband and son were both working, the family did not have enough money to make ends meet. Linda herself was dealing with a chronic illness and her time was devoted to caring for her parents.
"This was a real gift. They gave me the food I needed, and now, I have a chance to help others in the same way."
Svante Myrick - Mayor of Ithaca, NY
When Svante Myrick was a boy, his family often didn’t have enough money to buy the food they needed. So at times, they had to rely on their neighborhood food pantry. With food in his stomach, Svante’s mom and teachers were able to fill his mind with life-changing ideas: About getting an education. About working hard. And about believing he could do almost anything. Apparently, it all sunk in. At just 24 years old, Svante Myrick became the youngest mayor in the history of Ithaca.
“They helped us in our darkest moments, when the food ran out,” says Svante. “It was our saving grace.”
Bonnie Nielsen - Retired Nurse, Pine City, NY
For more than 40 years, Bonnie Nielsen did the one thing she loved most: she helped others. Bonnie worked with children at two hospitals, often caring for the most challenging cases. But then she became ill, and had trouble caring for herself. One day her daughter-in-law looked in Bonnie’s pantry and asked if she had enough food. That’s when Bonnie realized she needed help from her local food pantry. Bonnie accepted food—and a hug—from those who worked there. And even better, she felt the love and caring that she had been paying forward for over 40 years.
“I’m used to helping others,” says Bonnie. “I’m still getting used to having other people help me.”