For more information, click here. Amid the volunteer pause, the organization says it will continue to host Community Food Distributions and Mobile Food Pantries. It will also continue working with its partners. ELMIRA, N.Y (WBNG) — The Food Bank of the Southern Tier is temporarily suspending all warehouse volunteer activities amid elevated COVID-19 cases in the Southern Tier on Oct. 6. The organization says it will look into tentatively-reopening volunteer shifts on Oct. 19. The food bank says the decision was made to protect its staff and ensure the food it delivers can be distributed safely.