BUFFALO, NY — The proof of Western New York's giving spirit is in the numbers. Since 2005, Food 2 Families Food Drive has collected enough donations for more than nine million meals.

This year was no different.

Channel 2 once again partnered with Tops Markets and TownSquare Media to benefit the Food Bank of WNY. Volunteers gathered at various Tops Markets in the area to collect non-perishable food items and cash donations.

"I think it's wonderful. There's no place like it here. Everybody gets into the business of giving," said Emily Mietlicki, who donates every year.

Every $1 donation helps to provide about six meals to hungry families in need. Last year, Food 2 Families provided over one million meals to families in need right here in Western New York.

A detailed account of the amount of food items and cash donated will be announced on Saturday.