ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) – More than 588,000 meals were provided to those experiencing food insecurity in the Southern Tier thanks to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier's 11th annual Virtual Turkey Drive.

Tioga Downs Casino Resort along with the community came together to provide 588,750 meals to those in need in Broome, Chemung, ,Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins Counties.

All donations during the turkey drive stay within the community; turkeys and meals are distributed to partner agencies, such as food pantries and meal sites, throughout the Southern Tier.

“The impact of the pandemic continues to effect households throughout our region. During a time when many are focused on creating holiday memories, many others are worried about how they will put a hot meal on the table. We are grateful for the continued generosity of our community. Because of your support, more people in the Southern Tier have full pantries and happier, healthier lives,” said Natasha Thompson, President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.

According to the Food Bank, in November alone, the organization distributed more than 1.6 million pounds of food – 576,000 pounds more than last year – as people across the community and the country face financial challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.