wtc 120The Wake Up Q's Chris Allinger told his audience Tuesday that the money that went into his backpack hit $32,000.00 so far! The numbers are expected to rise as the collection boxes are returned from sponsor locations, and on line donations are added in.

"Because I only asked for $3.00 from everyone I met, people really felt like they could participate" says Allinger, "the whole community came together, giving a little and coming out with a lot. The children of this County will have something in the house on weekends and holidays."

For the fourth year, Q Country morning host, Chris Allinger strapped on his backpack to walk for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier's BackPack Program™.  From September 14th-18th Chris Allinger walked to every town in Tompkins County raising funds for the program that helps feed children at risk of hunger on weekends and holidays during the school year.

"We in athletics and physical education at Cornell are thrilled with the outpouring of support that Chris Allinger has generated through "Walkin' the Country 4"! Our staff agrees with Chris and Natasha Thompson, CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern, that it is difficult to find a more compelling charity than feeding young children who are likely to not have enough to eat during weekends. Heartfelt thanks to Chris and his team at the CAYUGA RADIO GROUP"   Andy Noel, Cornell Athletics and PE.

"The Food Bank is once again thrilled and humbled by the outpouring of support from the community for our BackPack Program™.  We are incredibly grateful to Chris Allinger and everyone at Cayuga Radio Group for going above and beyond to ensure that no child in Tompkins County has to go to bed hungry." Natasha Thompson, President and CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.

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