Issue 3 November 30, 2020
Building a Stronger Tompkins County Together
In November We Celebrated Harvest, Food, and Gratitude in Tompkins County...

AND we want to recognize our funded partner the Brooktondale Community Center who oversees the Caroline Food Pantry because we are grateful for those who recognize that having access to healthy food, in a rural setting, is vital for many of our neighbors in Tompkins County.
The Caroline Food Pantry is a community food pantry located at the Old Fire Hall in Brooktondale (522 Valley Road) and serves the residents of the Town of Caroline. Anyone in the Town of Caroline is welcome to pick up grocery items on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of every month between 5 PM and 7 PM
During this time of COVID-19, food pick-ups are taking place in the form of a drive-thru. Individuals and families who are picking up food, simply need to pull up to the pantry and volunteers will bring out your packages and place them in your car. To further help with social distancing pick-up times are assigned according to the first letter of an individuals last name. This schedule rotates each week and can be found on the pantry's website.
For more information about the Caroline Food Pantry visit
For more information about the Brooktondale Community Center, and all that they offer visit
AND we want to recognize our funded partner Healthy Food for All at Cornell Cooperative Extension
because we are grateful for local farmers committed to ending hunger in our community.

Initiated by local farmers in 2006, Healthy Food For All makes quality produce accessible to low-income families through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares and educational resources.
During this time of COVID-19, rural families in Tompkins County have been dealing with the challenges brought on by unexpected changes to their household income, AND limited public transportation services. These challenges are effecting the quality of food they have been able to place on their tables.
In response to these challenges, Healthy Food For All has created COVID-19 Emergency Food Assistance packages to be delivered to households in need. These packages contain both shelf-stable pantry items and fresh produce. The first round of 605 packages in May were funded through a joint grant from UWTC and Community Foundation of Tompkins County and due to the generosity of caring donors these packages are currently available to qualifying households.
To determine if your household qualifies for COVID-19 Emergency Food Relief or reduced priced CSA shares go to
For more information about Healthy Food For All, visit
AND we want to recognize our funded partner Groundswell because we are grateful for those committed to training the next generation of sustainable farmers in the Finger Lakes.

In an effort to dismantle racism in the food system, Groundswell addresses inequities in access to land and resources by prioritizing its efforts to support minority populations. Their trainings and programs provide the next generation farmers and agricultural leaders with the skills and techniques needed to build a profitable farming business that is equitable and ecologically sound.
During this time of COVID-19, the Groundswell Office and Incubator Farm are closed to the public, however they are offering the following socially-distance and remote services:
- Farm-based programs
- Outdoor, on-site volunteer opportunities
- Farming for Justice webinar series
- Virtual/ Phone Consultation service (by appointment)
For more information visit or call 607-319-5095
Learn more about our additional Funder Partner Agencies in our future
UWTC Spotlight newsletters or by visiting
Corporate Cornerstone Partners (CCPs) provide the infrastructure upon which UWTC works and serves. This generous and committed group of individuals and employers join together and underwrite UWTC’s administrative costs so that 100% of all other donations can be used for needed programs and services.

Chemung Canal Trust Company
Chemung Canal Trust Company, headquartered in Elmira, is New York State’s oldest locally-owned and managed community bank, dating back to 1833. They are a full-service financial institution located in 12 New York counties and Bradford County, PA. This proud Corporate Cornerstone Partner's service commitment to their clients is to treat them as THEY want to be treated and exceed expectations.

For more information visit their website
Moore Tree Farm
Moore Tree Farm is a local family-owned business located in Groton. Visit this proud Corporate Cornerstone Partner and cut your own Christmas tree, or choose from a selection of pre-cut trees this year Nov. 27 - Dec. 23 from 9-6pm. Masks and social distancing are required for their 2020 Christmas Season. Whether you need a Christmas tree or trees for landscaping, Moore Tree Farm is the place to be.

For more information visit their website
NYSEG is proud to deliver safe and reliable electric and gas services to their customers' homes and businesses in Tompkins County. NYSEG serves more than 900K customers across more than 40% of upstate New York. They have been a good neighbor for 170 years with their employees volunteering for a variety of local agencies and are proud to be Corporate Cornerstone Partners.

For more information visit their website
Triphammer Wines & Spirits
Triphammer Wines and Spirits’ mission is to provide an unparalleled customer experience through unique educational opportunities and innovative tasting programs. They share their passion for providing outstanding local, domestic, and imported wines and spirits at competitive pricing. They take pride in their responsive customer care executed by a highly educated, meticulously trained, and experienced team of experts and are proud to be UWTC Corporate Cornerstone Partners.

For more information visit their website
Learn more about our additional Corporate Cornerstone Partners in our future UWTC Spotlight newsletters or by visiting
Special thanks to to following CCPs who have already recommitted to being partners next year: Inserno & Co. CPAs and M&T Bank.
You may receive additional information on charitable organizations from the NY Office of the Attorney General on their website or by calling (212) 416-8401. You may also receive UWTC’s last financial report by going to