Food Bank of the Southern Tier announces 3rd Annual Virtual Turkey Drive
The Food Bank of the Southern Tier announces its 3rd Annual Virtual Turkey Drive, sponsored by Tioga Downs Casino Racing & Entertainment, is underway now through December 31.
For the third year, Tioga Downs has provided the Food Bank with a generous gift of $10,000. The gift will be used to distribute turkeys to help feed our neighbors in need during the holiday season. In addition, Tioga Downs will match up to $20,000 in funds raised for the 3rd Annual Virtual Turkey Drive.
Donations are tracked by county across the Food Bank’s service area including Broome, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins. 100 percent of donations raised in each county are used to acquire turkeys for distribution in that same county!
Turkeys are distributed through the Food Bank’s network of more than 160 hunger-relief member agencies including food pantries.
Last year’s Virtual Turkey Drive raised over $25,700, allowing the Food Bank of the Southern Tier to provide its hunger-relief member agencies with more than 2,300 turkeys for local families in need.
Each week, over 11,000 individuals visit a hunger-relief member agency served by the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.
In 2011, the Food Bank distributed nearly 7.5 million pounds of food to neighbors in need across the six Southern Tier counties of Broome, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins.
To learn more about how you can make a difference in the fight against hunger, visit the Food Bank’s website at www.foodbankst.org or call 607-796-6061.