Thu, Feb 28 at 6:00pm

During the month of February, you can donate to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier while checking out your groceries at Wegmans, Tops, Save-A-Lot and Jubilee markets. At the checkout, you can donate $2, $3 or $5 to the food bank. Cashiers will simply add the donation to your checkout total. This is the largest fundraising campaign of the year for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. It raised $278,000 last February. A $2 donation provides six meals to the 75,000 people in the Southern Tier who need help putting food on their tables. 

ELMIRA, NY – The Food Bank of the Southern Tier announces the start of Check Out Hunger, an annual community-wide fundraiser at local grocery stores to collect monetary donations for hunger relief. This is the 25th year the Food Bank has partnered with local grocery retailers to raise awareness and funds for hunger in the Southern Tier.

Jubilee FoodsSave-A-Lot, Tops Friendly Markets, and Wegmans Food Markets locations throughout the Southern Tier are participating in the campaign during the month of February. Shoppers can donate $2, $3 or $5 to Check Out Hunger directly at the register. Cashiers will simply add the donation to shoppers’ checkout totals.

“Check Out Hunger is the Food Bank’s largest fundraising campaign of the year. Without support from the community, we wouldn’t be able to distribute as much food through agencies and programs like our Mobile Food Pantries and BackPack Program,” said Natasha Thompson, President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. “We can provide six meals with every $2 donated, so the impact is exponential.”

Shoppers can donate at their local grocery store through these dates:

  • Jubilee Foods: Sunday, January 27 until Saturday, February 23
  • Save-A-Lot: Sunday, January 27 until Saturday, March 2
  • Tops Friendly Markets: Sunday, January 27 to Saturday, February 16
  • Wegmans: Sunday, February 3-Saturday, March 2

Last year, shoppers donated more than $278,000. All donations made during Check Out Hunger stay local. In the Southern Tier, more than 72,500 people live with food insecurity and may struggle to access affordable, healthy food. In 2018, the Food Bank distributed more than 10 million meals. But there is more work to do to meet the need of 13 million meals in our region.

To learn more about Check Out Hunger, visit www.foodbankst.org/checkouthunger