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 $27,500!

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 over $27,500 to benefit the Food Bank’s BackPack Program in Tompkins County!

From September 9th through September 13th, Chris strapped on a backpack and walked to every town in Tompkins County filling the backpack with donations. Click here for photos from Walkin' The Country II.

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 Andy Noel and Cornell Athletics & Physical Education staff, Ithaca College, CSP Management, Eagles, Jim Ray Homes, Tompkins County Sherriff’s Department, Roman Village, the Ithaca Professional Firefighters Association, Yogurt Crazy, John Marclotte and Cargill Feed and Nutrition, and all of the generous community support received!

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. 

Started as a pilot program with 3 sites in 2005, the Food Bank of the Southern Tier's BackPack Program originally has expanded into 26 sites throughout our six county service area.

Click here for more information on the BackPack Program.

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