Chef Sue from Wegmans used the non-perishable food items most needed in the “fill the backpack” program to make a quick and simple dish for us today in the kitchen.
Here’s how the program works: shop at Wegmans now through Saturday June 28th and buy additional canned goods to be dropped off at the check-out line. Then, the Food Bank of Western New York distributes the foods in take-home bags each Friday to students in need. Each bag is filled with cereal, shelf-stable milk, fruit juice, soups, fresh fruit and whole grain snacks. They are hoping to receive 50,000 pounds of food, to fill more than 12,000 backpacks.
The Fill the Backpack program is now in 16 schools across Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties, and that number is expected to grow. For every one of the schools that participate in the program, there is another school on a waiting list to get into the program. The need right now is greater than ever.
In the last year, they have seen a 15% rise in the number of people who come to the Food Bank for help, 43,000 of those people are children. This isn’t a problem we’re only seeing here in Buffalo, but the need across western New York is tremendous. Head over to www.FoodBankWNY.org for a list of requested foodstuffs.
•1 box of macaroni and cheese dinner
•1 can tomato soup
•1 can whole kernel corn, drained well
•1 can green beans, drained well
1). Prepare macaroni only according to instructions
2). In a medium saucepan, mix tomato soup and water – stir in cheese packet and mix until smooth
3). Add corn and green beans to cheese/tomato mixture
4). When sauce begins to simmer, add macaroni and mix well
5). Serve with green beans and corn!