Food bank gets hand to help others

By WBNG News

May 15, 2013 Updated May 15, 2013 at 11:33 PM EST

Elmira, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Food Bank of the Southern Tier received thousands in funding to help fight hunger, and it all boiled down to popularity.

The Food Bank was one of 40 winners of the nationwide contest.

Winners received a $45,000 grant from Walmart's Fighting Hunger Together initiative.

A total of 120 food banks from across the country competed in the contest.

People could vote once per day on Facebook for their local food bank.

The Southern Tier Food Bank received enough votes to reach the 40th and final spot on the list, and is the only food bank in New York to receive a grant.

The funds will support the Backpack Program, which serves food to kids on weekends who are in need.