Volunteers at the Food Bank of the Southern Tier packed well over 23,000 pounds of food for people in need across the region on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Community members repacked food to distribute to those in need within the Southern Tier for Serve and Learn day. 

Even some of the youngest volunteers enjoyed their day off school at the Food Bank knowing they would make a difference in another person’s life. 

“I just love putting out stuff to serve people who don’t have stuff like us,” Nathaniel Griffin said. 

Another young volunteer, Alexis Collins, said she loved being able to help people who may not be as fortunate.

“Martin Luther Kint Jr. helped us out with all this stuff and we just want to help him out by volunteering,” Maddy Griffin, another young volunteer, said.

Volunteers had the chance to learn about food insecurity at a Hunger 101 session. Tours of the facility were also available with President and CEO of the FBST, Natasha Thompson.

“We couldn’t do what we do without the help of our volunteers,” Thompson said. “They are absolutely essential to use being able to do our work.”