Food Bank of the Southern Tier.
Because One Hungry Neighbor
Is ONE Too Many.

Walkin The Country


Q Country 103.7 Personality Chris Allinger Walked Around
Tompkins County to Benefit the Food Bank's BackPack Program
Raising Over $31,000!

The Food Bank of the Southern Tier is
pleased to announce that Q Country’s Walkin the Country fund drive was a huge success, raising $31,376.35 to benefit the Food Bank’s BackPack Program in Tompkins County!

From September 8th through September 12th, Chris strapped on a backpack and walked to every town in Tompkins County filling the backpack with donations.

Click here if you would like to make a secure, online donation. Just select "Walkin' The Country" in the drop down menu.

Special thanks to Cornell Athletics & Physical Education staff for their check of over $6,000 to get Chris started on his walk!

I couldn’t be happier with the result. People got the message that there are children going hungry right here in our County, said Chris Allinger. “We went out and asked for $3.00 to feed a child for a weekend. Look what happens when a community comes together.

About The Food Bank's BackPack Program™

We believe that no child should ever go hungry. Yet, many children who receive free and reduced priced school meals are left without the nutrition they need on weekends and holiday breaks when school is not in session. By providing children who are at risk of hunger with a bag of nutritious food each Friday throughout the school year, the BackPack Program™ attempts to reduce this gap and help children return to school on Monday ready to learn.

During the 2012-2013 school year, the BackPack Program™ served 33 school districts in Broome, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins counties. 2,075 children received packs each week. A total of 73,872 packs were distributed.

Click here for more information on the BackPack Program™.

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