The 8th annual Virtual Turkey Drive is an online campaign to raise money to purchase turkeys and food for holiday meals for families in need throughout the Southern Tier. The Food Bank's goal is to raise $70,000, which will help to feed more than 3,000 families. Last year, $67,725 was raised and 3,215 turkeys were donated and 8.1 million meal we're distributed to people in need throughout the Southern Tier.
The food is distributed through the Food Bank of the Southern Tier member agencies across six counties. Tioga Downs Casino is also getting involved and will math every donations up to $20,000.
Nearly 72,700 people in the Southern Tier live below the federal poverty line and may struggle to afford nutritious meals. One in four children in the Southern Tier are food insecure.
The Virtual Turkey Drive is happening now until November 23, Thanksgiving Day. People can donate 24/7 here.