The Northern Onondaga Public Libraries (NOPL) have partnered once again with Assemblyman Al Stirpe to serve as drop off locations for his 4th annual Food Drive to benefit the Food Bank of Central New York. Red donation boxes will remain inside each library through January 3, 2020 to collect nonperishable and canned goods.  Here are some donation ideas:

  • Dinner mixes
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Grains
  • Cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Stews
  • Canned or dried fruits
  • Canned vegetables
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned tuna

Unlike many other charities, these donations stay local – and the need is real in Central New York.  According to, hunger affects 1 in 8 people and 1 in 5 children in New York State.

If you’d like to consider helping in other ways, the Food Bank of Central New York has volunteer opportunities available, and they also accept monetary donations via their website,