Elmira, N.Y. (WBNG Binghamton) -- The Food Bank of the Southern Tier recently announced its participation in the Feinstein Foundation’s $1 Million Challenge to fight hunger.
Since 1998, the Alan Shawn Feinstein Foundation of Rhode Island has been helping food banks, emergency food programs, and other non-profit anti-hunger organizations boost their fundraising efforts through its annual Feinstein Million Dollar Challenge.
According to a news release, The Feinstein Foundation will divide its own $1 million proportionately between all non-profit anti-hunger groups that report the funds that they raise during the Challenge between March 1st and April 30th, 2012.
Feinstein’s past 14 annual $1 million challenges to fight hunger have raised a record $1.25 billion for over 2,000 agencies nationwide.
Donations to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier received between March 1st and April 30th will be counted in the Challenge. These donations can include cash, checks and food items (valued at $1.00 per pound). The greater the donations received by the Food Bank of the Southern Tier during this timeframe as a result of the challenge, the more funds from the Feinstein $1 Million Challenge the Food Bank will receive.
“The Feinstein Challenge enables us to leverage the generous support that we receive from the community. The greater the donations received by the Food Bank during this two-month timeframe, the greater our portion of the Feinstein Funding will be,” said Food Bank of the Southern Tier President & CEO, Natasha Thompson. “We are extremely grateful to Mr. Feinstein for, once again, issuing his $1 million challenge in support of hunger-relief organizations throughout the nation,” added Thompson.