The season of giving is here, and many families in our community struggle on a daily basis to put food on the table.

Channel 2 once again partnered with the Food Bank of Western New York and Tops Markets for our massive one-day food drive, Food 2 Families, held on Friday, November 30.

Thanks to the community's generosity, we were able to raise more than $132,000 — that's $9,000 more than last year!

The number of pounds of food donations is still being tallied.

If you couldn't make it out to one of the locations, there are still ways to give back this holiday season:

  • Purchase a Little Brown Bag of Hope at any WNY Tops location now through 12/15. The Little Brown Bags of Hope come in three sizes: Breakfast ($5), Lunch ($10) and Dinner ($20) and contain nutritious non-perishable food items to help feed families.
  • Make a secure online donation to support Food 2 Families Click Here.

Since 2005 Food 2 Families has collected enough food and funds to provide close to 10 million meals to local families in need.

(In the video player above, 2 On Your Side explains how your Food 2 Families donations work their way through the Food Bank of WNY and onto dinner tables around the region.)

Within the Food Bank of WNY's service area, 1 in 8 people face hunger every day. The Food Bank of WNY partners with 318 agencies throughout Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Erie, and Niagara counties distributing nearly 15 million pounds of food annually to those in need. For more information on The Food Bank of WNY visit www.foodbankwny.org.

Food 2 Families is sponsored by Tops Markets, Townsquare Media (Mix 96, WBLK, WYRK &JACK FM) and WGRZ Ch. 2 ON Your Side.