The Food Bank of the Southern and some helpers are ensuring kids in our area don’t go hungry for the holidays.

On Wednesday night, volunteers helped pack over nearly 1,100 backpacks full of food that will be given to local kids.

The Food Bank gives students the backpacks to take home during the weekend, as a supplement to free and reduced school meals.

Volunteers included representatives from the Greater Binghamton Chamber and local Rotary clubs along with State Senator Fred Akshar and Broome County Legislator Kim Myers.

Food Bank Executive Director Natasha Thompson says some families have a hard time putting food on the table during the holidays.

“For a lot of kids, winter and Christmas break is something to look forward to and to be excited about. For children who are reliant on the meals they get at school, to have a whole week where they don’t have access to those meals is challenging,” said Thompson.

Bags were packed with raisins, soups, oatmeal and other non-perishable food items. 

The Food Bank of the Southern Tier services 6 counties and feeds 3,100 children per week.

They pack around 120,000 bags annually.