Where Our Food Comes From

Did you know that the Food Bank of WNY distributes enough food to provide more than 13 million meals a year? We procure our food through donations from the community and our food industry partners, through federal and state support, and by purchasing food.

Donations

Thanks to our wonderful community partners, more than half of the food we distribute is donated product.  Donations of food and other items are provided by farmers, packers, manufacturers, wholesalers and others in the food industry, both nationally and locally. We are also supported through community food drives and individual food donations.

Purchased Food

Financial support from donors allows us to buy nutritious food that may not always be available through donation, including grains, high-protein items, and produce. Thanks to our strong relationships with our vendors and our ability to buy food in bulk, we are able to purchase high-quality food at low cost, ensuring that we have a consistent supply of wholesome food for our hungry families in Western New York.

State and Federal Support

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Hunger Prevention Nutrition Assistance Program (HPNAP) through the New York State Department of Health provide additional support to the Food Bank of WNY. TEFAP and HPNAP funds are used to purchase nutritionally dense foods such as produce, low-fat dairy products, whole grains and lean proteins.