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The Food From the Fair Feeds WNY canned food drive, which began as promotion to boost donations to the Food Bank of WNY during the slow summer months, is now on the verge of becoming the biggest food drive in local history.

Erie County Fair officials report that the campaign, which gives discounts on admission prices to fairgoers in exchange for food donations, has collected more than 168,000 pounds of food as of midafternoon Thursday. The drive continues until the fair closes Sunday night. Cash donations also are accepted. A final tally will be announced Monday.