Southern Tier grocery shoppers donate money for 747K meals for Food Bank

Grocery shoppers throughout the Southern Tier donated more than 747,360 meals to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier during this year’s “Check Out Hunger” campaign.

This was the 27th year that the Food Bank partnered with Southern Tier grocery stores for Check Out Hunger. Tops Friendly Markets and Wegmans stores in the Food Bank’s six-county service area, as well as Save-A-Lot in Elmira and Horseheads Jubilee Foods, participated.

Check Out Hunger is the Food Bank’s largest community giving campaign. Shoppers donate at checkout registers in the amounts of $2, $3, $5 or any amount they choose to help provide meals for Southern Tier families. This year’s campaign ran late January through mid-March.

“We are thankful for our amazing grocery partners, the cashiers and their generous customers,” said Natasha Thompson, President & CEO. “Last year was a challenging year for so many, and community fundraisers like Check Out Hunger help ensure that the Food Bank is able to continue to help families across the Southern Tier.”

All donations made during Check Out Hunger stay within the community. In the Southern Tier, one in nine people are considered food insecure and may struggle to access affordable, healthy food.