ELMIRA, NY – The Food Bank of the Southern Tier’s GratiTOUR, kicks off March 11. It’s a 10-hour, 15-stop celebration at each participating grocery store: Jubilee Foods, Save-A-Lot, Tops Friendly Markets, and Wegmans.
Total amounts given by shoppers were announced at each store and several dedicated cashiers were honored with the Golden Cash Register Award for outstanding efforts on behalf of Check Out Hunger. (Please see page three for individual store totals.)
This is the 25th year that the Food Bank has partnered with local grocery stores for Check Out Hunger. Check Out Hunger is the Food Bank’s largest community giving campaign. Shoppers donate at the register 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 Jan. 27-March 2. “We are so grateful to our wonderful grocery partners and their generous customers for their continued support,” said Natasha Thompson, President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. “Fundraisers like Check Out Hunger help to ensure that more people in the Southern Tier have full pantries and happier, healthier lives.” All donations made during Check Out Hunger stay within the community.
In the Southern Tier, 1 in 8 people are considered “food insecure” and may struggle to access affordable, healthy food.
To volunteer with the food bank of the Southern Tier, visit thier website.