Local elected officials volunteer for Food Bank

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Some local elected officials joined area school superintendents along an assembly line today in an effort to make certain kids don't go hungry over the weekend or holiday break.

The Food Bank of the Southern Tier held its annual Holiday Legislative Repack today in a store room inside Binghamton's East Middle School.

Broome County Executive Jason Garnar, Assemblyman Cliff Crouch, State Senator Fred Akshar and Binghamton Mayor Rich David helped fill grocery bags with non-perishable items including tuna, oatmeal, canned fruits and vegetables and mac and cheese.

Food Bank CEO Natasha Thompson says it drives home a message about hunger in our area.

"Often times, it's a hidden problem.  Unless people are searching for it, it's hard to see.  So, we do what we can to peel back the curtain a little bit and show people exactly what all goes into feeding hungry people," said Thompson.

The bags are given to all 41 school districts in the Food Bank's 6 county region for them to give to needy students to take home on Fridays.

Before the holiday break, the kids get one bag Thursday and another on Friday.

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