Fill the backpack nears second goal

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — With only three days left to help fill the backpack, even city leaders are pitching in.

Mayor Byron Brown stopped by Wegmans on Thursday to throw his support behind a drive which will provide hungry western New Yorkers with thousands of pounds of food.

As of Thursday, more than 93,000 pounds of food have been donated out of a goal for 50,000 pounds of food. Wegmans set a new goal of 100,000 pounds of food to collect.

“All of this food will go to the food bank, it will get sorted all through the summer and then it will be ready to go,” Michele Mehaffy, consumer affairs manager of Wegmans, said. “Ready for those backpacks come September when school starts again.

The Food Bank and Wegmans make it easy to get involved. Consumers can pick up one of the already prepared bags of food for as low as $3 or arrange one of your own.

Collection runs through Saturday.

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