Food bank benefit raises $90,000 - Catholic Courier

Food bank benefit raises $90,000

The recently concluded Check Out Hunger campaign raised more than $90,000 for Food Bank of the Southern Tier, according to food bank officials.

The 11th annual campaign, held throughout the month of February, is the food bank’s largest fundraising event of the year. Shoppers made contributions by having cashiers of participating stores scan campaign coupons at checkouts. The amounts were then added to the customers’ bills. Each coupon was worth $1.47 — the amount required for the food bank to feed a family of four for one day.

Participating stores were Wegmans in Elmira, Corning, Ithaca, Johnson City and Hornell; Chase-Pitkin in Horseheads; Tops Friendly Markets in Elmira, Horseheads, Owego, Ithaca, Lansing and Bath; Jubilee Foods in Horseheads; Minier’s Market in Big Flats; and The Foodmart in Corning.

Paul Hesler, executive director for Food Bank of the Southern Tier, also thanked the Check Out Hunger’s media sponsor, WETM-TV Channel 18, for its support.

Hesler noted that this year’s final amount collected is an approximately $12,000 decrease from last year’s record total of $103,193.

The food bank, an agency of Catholic Charities, provides food as well as nutrition education, training and technical assistance for people in Chemung, Schuyler, Tompkins, Tioga, Steuben and Broome counties.

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