Nearly 20,000 lbs. of food already collected for “Fill the Backpack” drive

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — As of Sunday, 19,189 lbs. of food has already been collected for the 2017 “Fill the Backpack” Drive.

The drive is a collaboration between WIVB/WNLO, the Food Bank of WNY, Wegmans and Fidelis Care and runs from June 4 through Sunday, June 18.

To participate, all you have to do is pick up a $3, $5 or $10 pre-packaged bag of food at Wegmans and bring your bag to the cashier at checkout.

The bags of food support the BackPack Program, which helps students who rely on free and reduced-price meals at school by providing them with take-home bags of food each Friday throughout the school year.

The 2017 goal is to collect 160,000 lbs. of food, which is 10,000 lbs. more than last year! provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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