Tuesday, February 9, 2010

News10Now: Backpack Program

in case you aren't aware, every month we have volunteers stuff these backpacks in the chow warehouse for children in our area. it's a great program!

look on the google calendar for dates and then sign up to volunteer :)

Middle school band to aid food bank

By: Web Staff

VESTAL, N.Y. -- As instruments work together to create harmony in a concert, so too, are the musicians using them at Vestal Middle School.

Band members from sixth through eighth grade are holding a food drive contest to deliver goods for the Southern Tier Food Bank's backpack program. The program provides food for underprivileged students who may go hungry outside of school.

Organizers hope the event will help the youngster's develop a social conscience while adding to the bank's pantry.

"They are definitely asked to be participating in that. We do receive over half of our food from donations so this is a huge benefit for us to have any school group or any group to do a donation for us," said organizer Jennifer Bertron.

The food drive will run from the February 9 to the 23. Program volunteers helped kick off the drive with an information session and food bank jeopardy.


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