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Food Bank of the Southern Tier Receives $20,000 Grant from the Dunkin' Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation

ELMIRA, N.Y (WETM-18) -- We all known Dunkin' Donuts can fill you up with your daily cup of coffee…but, now they're also filling up something else: backpacks.
ELMIRA, N.Y (WETM-18) -- We all know Dunkin' Donuts can fill you up with your daily cup of coffee, but now they're also filling up something else: backpacks.

This morning the Dunkin' Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation presented a $20,000 check to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.

The grant supports the BackPack Program, which gives hungry children nutritious food to take home on weekends and school vacations.

These children have access to the National School Lunch Program during the school year.

Jonathan Fuller, Community and Public Relations Manager at the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, described how much this program means to him.

“It's one of the most genuine reactions that you can have in life…is seeing a kid who doesn't have enough to eat receive a gift of proper nutrition for a weekend,” said Fuller.

Fuller also said the average cost for a backpack for a child in need is about $3, so $20,000 will go a long way.

Operations Manager for Dunkin’ Donuts of the Southern Tier, Howard Tannenbaum, said it means everything to be able to help these kids.

The donation is part of a three year $1 million grant aimed to support critical child hunger initiatives nationwide.

To help donate, you can head to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier's website or look for Food Bank of the Southern Tier on Facebook.

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