Our Service Project

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Our Project's Theme Song

"We sing to feed them all, the family in need.   

We sing to answer every prayer a mother cannot heed. 

We sing to touch the noble heart and raise the siren's call.   

We sing to feed each hungry child.   

We sing to feed them all."

The Purpose of Life

Shakespeare said "the meaning of  life is to find your gift and the purpose of life is to give your gift away."

Our gift is singing and performing and we are dedicated to using our music to make life better here in our community of Central New York with a main focus on providing food to our neighbors in need.

What We Do

Using our gifts we raise awareness (the siren's call) and funds to actually Feed our neighbors.  We support the Food Bank of Central New York and the many Food Pantries that distribute the much needed sustenance to people in need.

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Supporting the Food BAnk of CNY

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Financial Support

The Harmony Katz .have raised over $25,000 for the Food Bank of CNY over the past five years.

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We accomplish our fundraising through Performances and Shows

Two Annual Shows and many Performances around Central New York with proceeds going to the Food Bank of CNY.

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And the Sale of our Christmas Albums

Supporting Our Local Food Pantries

Taking our Broadway Show on Tour

Utilizing our 2018 Annual show for the Food Bank, the Harmony Katz family of Choruses are able to help raise funds and awareness for those frontline organizations that deliver hope to the hungry everyday.

A Turn key Fundraiser

The Harmony Katz provide not only a show but help support the Food Pantries with providing printed tickets, show posters and programs.

And More

Food Pantries secure a venue, sell tickets, possibly host a dinner (dinner & a show) sell ads for the program, raffle baskets, 50-50 raffles and more.  To date the most money raised during a single event was $8,860.00 (WOW!)

Feeding our Kids This Summer

Supporting The Food Banks Innovative Solution...The Break Box

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The worst time of year for child hunger is Summer break as many children depend upon school meals for sustenance.  That's why the Break Box is an innovative solution to a hard problem., feeding kids when they have to stay home. The break box is a bi-weekly supplement for families which are food insecure.  The box provides staples in which children can have meals during the summer break.  The Harmony Katz are launching two Big programs to try and underwrite some of the costs for this incredible and much needed program.

Golf Tournament

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Postponed until September 

Foursome is $300.00

Hole Sponsorships are available

A Music Festival

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Postponed until September - establishments of Armory Square the Harmony Katz will be enlisting the aid of Musicians and bands of all genres of music from across Central New York to play for free from 1-6 pm with the public paying a $10 cover charge, 100% of which goes to the Food Bank of CNY for this program.

Learn More About The Food Bank and Hunger in CNY.

How the Food Bank Works

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Food Acquisition:

 Food Bank of Central New York is committed to providing a wide variety of nutritious food. We are able to complement donated food with food we purchase for our inventory. Due to our vendor agreements, we are able to purchase large amounts of high-demand foods and offer them to our partner agencies at cost. The Food Bank maintains an inventory of 100 core food items available to programs at all times.

We rely on food donations from food manufacturers, grocers, wholesalers, local farmers, businesses, and individuals to supplement our food inventory. These donations help stretch our partner agencies’ food budgets and enhance their inventories.

Additionally, The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) provides commodity foods, meats, vegetables, and fruits to the Food Bank for the emergency food programs

Food Distribution:

 Our food distribution center is 74,000 square feet: 25,000 square feet for refrigerated/frozen foods and 36,000 square feet for dry goods. Our transportation staff make door to door deliveries to the emergency food network Monday through Friday within our eleven county service area: Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, and St. Lawrence. 

Community Impact:

 The core of our work is achieved by partnering with our local member agencies that distribute food to families in need. The key partners that make up our emergency food network are food pantries, soup kitchens, and emergency shelters. Other not-for-profit agencies such as daycare centers, rehabilitation centers, senior centers, and group homes are able to utilize membership as a way to supplement their agency food needs. 

Food Bank verses Food Pantries

 The Difference... and the Partnership!

Food banks are often times mistaken for food pantries. Unlike pantries, most food banks do not distribute food directly to the public. A food bank is a warehouse and distribution center where food is solicited, received, inventoried, and then distributed to local pantries and soup kitchens.

A pantry is a charity that distributes food and grocery products directly to those in need. Pantries have the responsibility to seek out and help individuals and families receive food. Food banks act as the supply line and are responsible for ensuring that their member pantries have the resources they need to feed those seeking help.

Food Bank of Central New York is a 74,000 square foot warehouse and office space where we acquire and accommodate large quantities of food purchased at bulk or wholesale prices. This allows us to resell food to our partner agencies at cost, which is about three times cheaper than retail price. The Food Bank services 443 programs including 280 emergency food programs across eleven counties in central and northern New York.

The Food Bank also provides direct services to clients through programs such as Fresh Foods, Food $en$e, Kids Cafe, and Summer Food Service. In addition, we also engage in community outreach through SNAP that not only feeds hungry people but helps give them the building blocks to break the cycle of poverty.

Food banks and food pantries are not the same but they are partners that share the same commitment: helping to feed the hungry.

Hunger in Our Community

What is food insecurity and what does it look like in central and northern New York?

The face of hunger has shifted from what once was the homeless man who used a soup kitchen to get by to working families and individuals who are struggling to make ends meet.

Food insecurity refers to the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) measure of lack of access to enough nutritionally adequate foods for an active, healthy lifestyle for all household members. Food insecurity is not exclusively a trait of the poverty stricken. Hunger and poverty often go hand in hand but poverty is not the ultimate determinant of food insecurity. Food insecurity may reflect a working households need to make trade-offs between important basic needs, such as housing or medical bills, and purchasing nutritionally adequate foods. [i]


Food insecure people in Food Bank of Central New York's eleven county service area: 181,080. [ii]

In the summer of 2017 Food Bank of Central New York conducted a follow-up study to understand who accessed emergency food agencies in our service area and why. The 348 interviews consisted of households, selected at random, who utilized one of the Food Bank's food pantries or soup kitchens.

We’ve developed the following results to bring awareness regarding who is hungry and the challenges they face. This enables us to collectively identify solutions to better address the growing problem of food insecurity as a community.

Among the thousands of people who depend on charitable food programs in central and northern New York:

· 29% are children 18 or younger

· 16% of households include an active member or veteran of the military

· 43% of households have had to choose between paying for food or paying for day to day expenses (medicine/medical care, utilities, rent/mortgage or transportation/fuel)

· 60% of households have an annual income below $18,000

Read the full report by requesting a copy of Food Bank of Central New York's 2017 Hunger Assessment

Feeding America: Facts About Hunger and Poverty in America

Feeding America: Facts About Child Hunger

[i] Feeding America: Poverty and Hunger in America, 2016.
http://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/impact-of-hunger/hunger-and-poverty/
[ii] Feeding America: Map the Meal Gap, Find a Food Bank; Food Bank of Central New York, 2017
http://map.feedingamerica.org/county/2014/overall/new-york/organization/food-bank-of-central-new-york

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Child Hunger

A Staggering 1 in 5 Children

 is food insecure in central and northern New York. Chronic hunger, although harmful to all people, is particularly devastating to our most vulnerable population: children.

Research has shown that childhood food insecurity is connected to a large number of developmental delays or deficiencies in school-aged children including physical, psychological, and behavioral health issues. Conditions linked to childhood food insecurity include:

  • Impaired development of non-cognitive abilities (i.e., interpersonal relations, self-control) among school-age children
  • Insecure attachment and less advanced mental proficiency in toddlers
  • Lower bone mineral content in adolescent boys
  • More stomachaches, frequent headaches, and colds among children
  • Higher hospitalization rates among young children
  • Behavioral problems among three-year-old children
  • Higher rates of depressive disorder and suicidal symptoms among adolescents
  • More anxiety and depression among school-age children
  • Lower math achievement and math progress in kindergartners
  • Lower math and reading gains from kindergarten to third grade
  • Lower arithmetic scores and higher likelihood of repeating a grade among children ages 6-11 [i]

[i] Coleman-Jensen, Alisha, William McFall and Mark Nord. Food Insecurity in Households With Children: Prevalence, Severity, and Household Characteristics, 2010-11, EIB-113, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, May 2013

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Senior Hunger

More than 5 million senior citizens

 age 60 and older face food insecurity. Seniors face a number of unique medical and mobility challenges that put them at a greater risk of food insecurity. After a lifetime of hard work, many find themselves struggling with health issues on fixed incomes. Many of these individuals are forced to choose between paying for groceries and buying medicine.

  • 63% of client households with seniors report making choices between paying for food and paying for medicine/medical care.
  • 41% of client households with an adult age 50 and older have at least one member with diabetes
  • 70% of client households with an older adult have at least one member who has high blood pressure.
  • 59% of those ages 50 to 64 described their own health as fair or poor, a higher rate than that of seniors ages 65 to 74 (53%) and age 75 and older (51%).

Learn more about the senior hunger research carried out by Feeding America.