ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) - In light of Hunger Action Month, businesses went head-to-head at the Food Bank of the Southern Tier Friday morning to help kids get the meals they need this fall. 

Ten of the food bank's corporate sponsors went head-to-head this week to see who could pack food donations in the shortest time. In 2022, the event was structured so teams could battle head-to-head, having each team put up their personal best times against one another. The friendly competition served as a team-building activity, aimed at generating more food donations for kids in the Southern Tier. 

“It was a way to bring our corporate partners together to compete; have a little friendly competition against one another,” Natasha Thompson. President & CEO of Food Bank of the Southern Tier, said.  

The packaged food will be distributed to school districts across Chemung, Steuben, Schuyler, Tompkins, Tioga, and Broome counties. Through the Food Bank’s Backpack Program, the food goes towards helping kids stay fed outside of school hours. 

“The bags they're filling are going to the 42 school districts that are in the 6 counties we serve,” Chris Brewster, the Food Bank’s Community Engagement Manager, said. “That's food kids can take home on the weekends and for holidays so they have the food in the household.” 

Lindsay Cuda was a member of First Heritage who competed in the 2022 competition. She helped her team win the head-to-head competition for the 3rd straight year in 36 minutes and 51 seconds. She was happy to use her competitive edge to help raise support for the kids. 

“We're very passionate about serving the communities,” Cuda said. “Anything we can do to help the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, we're always about that.” 

The Food Bank of the Southern Tier hopes to bring the competition back again next year. People can find out how to donate to the Backpack Program and Food Bank of Southern Tier online.