WESTERN NEW YORK -- It's the time of year when many Western New Yorkers come together not just to celebrate the holidays, but also to help their less fortunate neighbors.

A local large-scale food drive allows participants to give back by providing foods most needed to the Western New York Food Bank: the annual Food 2 Families Brown Bags of Hope event.

Those interested in participating can pick up the Brown Bags of Hope, which are grocery bags filled with non-perishable foods for the food bank, from any Western New York Tops location. They cost $5, $10, and $20.

The brown bags are available until Friday, Dec. 2nd. That day, the food bank will pick them up from the Tops Markets locations.