Amazing things happen when our community comes together in support of a common goal!
Thanks to the creative energy of one of our long-time corporate partners, Mengel Metzger Barr & Company, 15 businesses visited our warehouse in the spirit of camaraderie and friendly competition. Mengel Metzger Barr sponsored the Leader of the Pack corporate packing challenge to celebrate the accounting firm’s 40th anniversary serving the Elmira area.
Businesses donated $2,500 each to participate in the challenge on Hunger Action Day.Teams had one hour to pack the most bags of food for children in our BackPack Program, which provides kid-friendly foods for students to take home on weekends and holiday breaks. Our friends at First Heritage Federal Credit Union won the Leader Cup as the first to finish packing 720 bags. Watkins Glen International took home the Impact Award for the most bags packed including their donation of extra Bonus Bags.
In total, the teams packed more than 10,000 packs of food for kids in the BackPack Program! With entry donations and additional Bonus Bags purchased, the event raised $56,000 to help provide 168,000 meals for our neighbors in need! We are so grateful to our local business leaders for helping us build and sustain hunger-free communities in the Southern Tier.