This year, western New Yorkers worked together to surpass this year’s Fill the Backpack goal of 175,000 pounds of food.
During the campaign, which went from June 2-17, locals were able to purchase pre-packed bags of food for between $3 and $10 at Wegmans stores in FeedMore’s four-county service area.
In all, 176,021 pounds of food was collected during the 2019 campaign.
The food supports the BackPack program, which helps students who rely on free or reduced-price meals at school by providing them with take-home bags of food each Friday throughout the school year.
The Fill The Backpack program is in 52 schools and more than 3,500 kids are involved in the program this year.