NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — The Buffalo Bills and Wegmans are calling for Western New Yorkers to Huddle for Hunger, an event aimed at keeping food on the table for kids and families across the region.

"Seventy-six percent of the children in the Niagara Falls City School District are economically disadvantaged,” Anne McKenna, of FeedMore WNY, said. “This will really help us in our fight against hunger.”

What You Need To Know

  • Huddle for Hunger aims to combat hunger in Western New York
  • The Buffalo Bills Foundation announced a grant of $88,750 to feeding programs for all schools in the Niagara Falls City School District
  • Wegmans is also doing its part with a Buy a Meal, Give a Meal promotion 

The Buffalo Bills Foundation and Wegmans came together to spread the word about Huddle for Hunger. 

Until Thursday, Wegmans customers can combat hunger with the Buy a Meal, Give a meal promotion through the company's Meals-2-Go program. Wegmans will donate $5 from every order placed in Erie, Niagara and Chautauqua counties, and the proceeds will go to FeedMore WNY. 

The Buffalo Bills Foundation also announced a grant to help the cause. 

"Proud to announce an $88,750 grant to feed Nor-Western New York to expand the child feeding programs to every school in the Niagara Falls City School District," Michelle Roberts, Buffalo Bills Foundation executive director, said. 

McKenna says this is huge for the school district. 

"This is the first time that we've had a feeding program in every school in the school district,” she said.

Superintendent Mark Laurrie says the need for such feeding programs is great.

"During the first six months of the pandemic alone when we were out of school, we delivered half a million meals," Mark Laurrie, Niagara Falls School District superintendent, said. 

On Thursday, the Buffalo Bills Foundation will host its annual Huddle for Hunger food drive from 4 to 7 p.m. at Highmark Stadium.