Food Bank of the Southern Tier executive director Natasha Thompson says the local hunger abatement organization is moving into Autumn with a lot of activities involving area school districts.

Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News- Food Bank of the Southern Tier's Natasha Thompson

Speaking on the weekly, local public affairs program, Southern Tier Close Up, Thompson says there has been a flurry of activity with the Fill the Bus campaign at area Wegmans Supermarkets, dozens of corporate executives and volunteers packing nutritional food for the backpack program to tide children over through school holidays and snow days, and new educational ventures to address poverty and other sources of food insecurity.

Thompson says she has even been given a public television series to talk to elected officials, residents and service agencies about poverty in "Chasing the Dream".  That series is now in its second season.

The Food Bank of the Southern Tier works with partner agencies like the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW) and others in Broome, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins Counties in providing emergency food assistance through pantries and soup kitchens, hosting education programs and working on legislative initiatives addressing poverty and its underlying causes.

You can learn more about the Food Bank of the Southern Tier at .

Southern Tier Close Up is heard Saturdays at 12:10 p.m. following the Midday Report on News Radio 1290 WNBF.