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Canned food drive at the Erie County Fair breaks record

HAMBURG — What began as a way to assist the Food Bank of Western New York during slower summer donation months now is in the books as the largest food drive in the history of WNY. The “Food From the Fair Feeds WNY” canned food drive collected a total of 305,978 pounds of food.

The fair organizers thanked this year’s guests, vendors and partners for their donations. In all, 85,632 pounds of cans and $31,478 in cash donations (equaling 220,346 pounds of food) brought the grand total to 305,978 pounds.

The Erie County Fair has been an annual WNY event for 174 years. This year, the fair partnered with the Food Bank of WNY, to give back to WNY. Additional support for this project was provided by Carmina, Wood, Morris PC and MAV Sales.

“The overwhelming support we saw from attendees of the Erie County Fair this year just solidifies how this community has truly earned the tagline ‘the city of good neighbors,’” said Justin Guerin of the food bank. “The generosity that was displayed over the duration of the fair will help to feed the 34,000 plus families who rely on the Food Bank of WNY, every month. A heartfelt thank you is extended to all who donated, the vendors and sponsors and to the wonderful staff at The Fairgrounds, for providing this opportunity to help so many people in need.”

The Erie County Agricultural Society is a private not-for-profit membership organization. Established in 1819, the society is the oldest civic organization in Western New York.

The stated mission of the Erie County Agricultural Society, a sponsor of the fair, is to preserve and enhance the agricultural and historical legacy of New York state.

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