ELMIRA, N.Y. (WBNG) -- Plenty of stomachs will be filled following the Food Bank of the Southern Tier's Fill The Bus campaign.
Food bank officials announced on Thursday that 101,163 pounds of the food were collected at Wegmans locations in Johnson City, Elmira, Ithaca, Hornell and Corning during the month of September.
All of the food that was collected will go to the Food Bank's BackPack Program. The initiative give children at risk of hunger a back pack each Friday full of nutritious food to take home.
"More than 41,000 school-age children in the Southern Tier qualify for free- or reduced-price school meals," Food Bank officials said in a press release. "When school is not in session, children who rely on school meals may not get the nutrition they need. The BackPack Program attempts to reduce that gap and ensure that every child returns to school on Monday ready to learn."
Following the Fill The Bus announcement in Elmira, Wegmans staff filled back packs with the food.
The following are the food collection totals for each participating store.
Johnson City-- 29,943 lbs
Elmira-- 16,424 lbs.
Ithaca-- 22,838 lbs.
Hornell-- 11,323 lbs.
Corning-- 22,838 lbs.