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"Blast Out Hunger"

Drive-In Fireworks and Food Drive - Collected 13,000 pounds of food.
Credit: Erie County Agricultural Society

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Erie County Agricultural announced that  "Blast Out Hunger" Drive -In Fireworks and Food Drive  collected approximately 13,000 pounds of food on Saturday, August 15th at the Erie County Fairgrounds.  

The admission price for "Blast Out Hunger" was a bag of non-perishable food to benefit Feed More WNY.  Jessica Underberg, the CEO of the Erie County Agricultural Society, indicated that, “Through the generosity of our community, approximately 13,000 lbs. of nutritious food was collected to help feed those in need during this difficult period”. 

The drive-in style fireworks followed social distancing guidelines with guests parked in every other parking spot.  Skylighters of WNY put on a 30 minute firework show, lighting up the sky above the Erie County Fairgrounds. 

“We are grateful for the partnership of the Erie County Agricultural Society, and we deeply appreciate all those who came out to enjoy Blast Out Hunger and support FeedMore WNY. As we continue to respond to the increased need for food assistance in Western New York due to the pandemic, the donations collected at Blast Out Hunger will help feed hungry children, families and older adults in our community,” Anne McKenna, Chief Communications Officer for FeedMore WNY, said 

 In recent years the Erie County Fair has been the largest one day summertime food collection for Feed More WNY with Opening Day/Ch.2 Day food drive, offering free admission to Erie County Fair with a non-perishable food donation.   Since the Erie County Fair will not be happening this year, the Erie County Agricultural Society is offering "Blast Out Hunger" as a way for the WNY Community to come together to support Feed More WNY.

"Blast Out Hunger" is sponsored by WGRZ Ch. 2, Lake Shore Savings Bank, Independent Health Foundation, Tops Markets and The Buffalo News. 

For more information visit www.the-fairgrounds.com.

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