Grocery stores across the region were recognized for their role in fighting hunger.
The Food Bank of the Southern Tier held it’s first ever GratiTOUR to thank the staff at supermarkets that helped raise money for their Check Out Hunger Campaign.
Of the 15 stores that participated, the Wegmans in Johnson City raised the most, totaling over $67,000.
This year’s campaign ran from January 27th to March 2nd, when cashiers would ask customers if they’d like to support the effort while they were checking out.
Food Bank President Natasha Thompson says that for every dollar they receive, they can provide three meals. “This is our opportunity to come out and thank folks for their participation and the hard work that they put because really it happens here on the ground. It happens with cashiers asking customers and customers making the decision to support our work.”
Wegmans Cashier Cheryl Clarke was recognized for generating the most donations helping raise over $2,800.
The entire campaign brought in over $274,000.
The GratiTOUR also visited stores in Elmira, Owego, and Ithaca.