United Way of Tompkins County (UWTC) continues to document an increased demand for food and personal care items and is focusing its efforts on addressing the many complex hunger issues facing individuals and families in our county. UWTC is working to support programming to make an impact to improve the quality of life for area residents.
As indicated by community conditions, UWTC has established both a Fall and Spring Hunger & Food Security grant cycle. Please consider making a gift to support this important work today.
The following Spring 2016 Hunger & Food Security Grants were recently awarded totaling $38,081.21
All programs are achieving one or more of the following outcomes:
- Children will have supplemental food for weekends and when school is out of session
- Children, adults and families will have access to adequate daily meals and fresh fruits and vegetables
- Individuals will have access to knowledge and materials for food gardening and nutrition awareness
Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga
• Samaritan Center Personal Needs Products - $2,031.21
The Personal Needs Products (PNP) program of CCTT’s Samaritan Center provides personal hygiene products to families and individuals in need in Tompkins County. These items, which cannot be purchased with SNAP benefits (food stamps), are provided to eligible households on a bi-monthly basis.
Challenge Workforce Solutions
• Job Club - $4,000.00
Challenge Workforce Solutions’ Job Club is an intensive 6-week program of career exploration, job readiness training and hands-on job search assistance for public assistance recipients. For an increasing number of job seekers who do not have adequate resources to feed themselves and their families, Job Club will provide nutritious food options for breakfast and lunch, maximizing the benefits participants get from the program.
Community Dinners at Dryden United Methodist Church
• Community Dinners - $700.00
The mission of Community Dinners is to provide food for those who are hungry and do not have the physical ability or financial means to provide food for themselves. The meal also provides access to support services as well as a time and place for socialization for those who normally eat alone.
Dryden Community Council
• Dryden Kitchen Cupboard - $1,000.00
The Dryden Kitchen Cupboard supplies food for 3 days of meals once per month to anyone living in the Town of Dryden. Additionally, food baskets are supplied at Thanksgiving, Christmas and to families experiencing an emergency.
• Weekend Backpack Program - $500.00
This program supplies supplemental weekend food for Dryden Central School children receiving free or reduced price meals at school, who are recognized as most at risk of inadequate nutrition by the school social worker. The children receive supplemental food in their backpacks on the last school day of the week.
Foodbank of the Southern Tier
• Mobile Food Pantry - $4,000.00
The Food Bank's Mobile Food Pantry program consists of three converted beverage trucks that are used to deliver produce, dairy and other food and grocery items directly to individuals in need of food assistance.
Foodnet Meals on Wheels
• The Search for More Wheels - $4,000.00
Meals on Wheels is a program that delivers food and provides nutrition services to older adults throughout Tompkins County. Reliable delivery cars are critical to fulfilling the mission to deliver meals. The funding will help purchase a new delivery van to replace one that can no longer be used to distribute meals.
Freeville Community Council
• Freeville Food Pantry - $750.00
The Freeville Food Pantry strives to support local families and individuals in need. The goal is to provide 5 full days of meals including 5 proteins during the distributions, which occur twice monthly.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County - Horticulture
• Seed to Supper - $2,600.00
Seed to Supper is a series of beginner classes that provide residents with low-income the opportunity to learn how to grow their own food. The goal of this program is to be able to provide these classes for free to all participants. This funding allows the purchase of teaching materials and supplies that can be used by the volunteer trainers.
Loaves and Fishes of Tompkins County Inc.
• Free Meal Program - $7,000.00
Loaves & Fishes has offered Tompkins County residents a welcoming community where guests can share a meal with others and receive practical assistance and support when needed. The program provides a hot, nutritious free meal each weekday to all who come. Over 25 social service agencies provide direct outreach to our guests during meal times; in addition, limited funds, bus passes and food items are available to guests for emergencies.
Rescue Mission Alliance of Syracuse
• Ithaca Rescue Mission – Food Pantry - $3,000.00
In their efforts to end Hunger in Tompkins County, the Ithaca Rescue Mission – Food Pantry serves three meals weekly and is the only regional food pantry open 7 days per week.
The Learning Web
• Youth Outreach - $4,500.00
Youth Outreach assists homeless youth age 16-24 to move from instability to self-sufficiency. Using the vehicles of housing, employment, education and managing finances—and all of the components of independent living, youth move to stability. Meeting the needs for food and basic supplies is a key component to supporting youth to focus on their goals.
The Mental Health Association of Tompkins County
• The Jenkins Center of Hope and Recovery - $2,500.00
The Jenkins Center is a center for recovery, hope and wellness for those who use or have used mental health services. This drop-in center provides a safe environment where mental health consumers can relax, socialize with peers, and share information and support. Classes, groups and activities are offered weekly and the center also features a TV room, quiet room, activity room, and many special events.
Tompkins County Action
• Emergency Food Pantry - $1,500.00
Tompkins County Action Emergency Pantry is a vital program to our Housing Services, Family Services, and Energy Services Department participants. Participants in the Housing Choice Voucher Program, Supportive Housing Programs, Head Start Program, Early Head Start Program and Weatherization program are able to utilize the Food Pantry once each calendar month as needed. We are also able to provide food assistance in emergencies such as sudden loss of employment or an unexpected repair or bill.