BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Erie County Agricultural Society, Tops Markets and Student Transportation of America partnered up for "Meals on the Bus" a contactless food drive on Saturday, July 24 at participating Tops locations to benefit FeedMore WNY.
FeedMore WNY representatives and volunteers collected over 1,000 pounds of food donations loaded on to school busses at three participating Tops locations.
FeedMore WNY collected single serve items like oatmeal, applesauce, easy mac, granola bars, fruit cups, nuts, to provide easy nutritious meals to families and children across WNY. In the summer months many children are without their main source of nutrition - school meals. Donations will support FeedMore WNY's BackPack Program, which provides bags of easy-to-prepare, kid-friendly food to children in need.
Everyone who donated was entered to win an Erie County Fair VIP Package. In the past the Erie County Fair hosted one of the largest one day summer time food collections for FeedMore on Opening Day of the Erie County Fair.
“We know that the Erie County Fair has been the largest one day summer time food collection for FeedMore WNY in recent years and with not being able to hold the Food Drive on Opening Day this year, we still wanted to help FeedMore WNY,” said Jessica Underberg, CEO of Erie County Agricultural Society.
Can’t make it to the food drive in person? You can donate non-perishable items directly to FeedMore WNY by visiting our virtual food drive page - click here
“The need for food assistance in our community is greater than ever. In 2020, FeedMore WNY distributed enough food through all of our feeding programs to provide nearly 16 million meals to our neighbors in need. This is an increase of nearly 4 million meals compared to 2019,” Tara A. Ellis, president and CEO of FeedMore WNY, said.
“We are grateful for this partnership with our friends at the Erie County Fair, Tops Markets, Student Transportation of America and WGRZ-TV through the Meals on the Bus event and we encourage the community to participate in this critical food drive.”
For more information on this year's Erie County Fair visit www.ECFair.org