What began as a way to assist the Food Bank of WNY during slower summer donation months now is in the books as the largest food drive in the history of Western New York. The “Food From the Fair Feeds WNY” canned food drive collected a total of 305,978 pounds of food.
Special thanks to our fair guests, vendors and partners for being so generous with donations. In all, 85,632 pounds of actual cans were collected and $31,478 in cash donations (which equals 220,346 lbs of food) to bring the grand total to 305,978.
The Erie County Fair has been a staple in the WNY community for 174 years. The Fair thrives on the people from neighboring areas, who flood the gates and keep the Fair running year after year. For 2013, the Erie County Fair partnered with The Food Bank of WNY to help give back, to not only the surrounding communities, but all of 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.” 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,” said Justin Guerin from the Food Bank of WNY.
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 Society does not receive funding from New York State or from Erie County. The mission of the Erie County Agricultural Society, sponsors of the Erie County Fair, is to preserve and enhance, by educational endeavors, the agricultural and historical legacy of New York State. The Fair strives to fulfill appropriate aspects of the agricultural, educational, entertainment and recreational needs of Western New York.