The CROP Walk of Grand Island will accept donations of nonperishable foods between noon and 7 p.m. during the Taste of Grand Island, being held Saturday, Oct. 3, and on the day of the annual CROP Walk, held the following day at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, at the Beaver Island Marina North shelter.
The food collection will be donated to the Food Bank of WNY, which supplies food to more than 160,000 people in the Western New York region. Henry Kammerer, director of the Neighbors Foundation, stated that the Island community's store of emergency relief food is doing very well and has gratefully declined a share of the food raised at this year's Taste.
Recommendations for food donations include foods that are nutritionally balanced and not in glass containers. Suggestions are canned vegetables (reduced/low sodium preferred); canned fruits in natural juices; canned tomato sauces; 100 percent fruit or vegetable juice; canned tuna, chicken, stews and chili; canned or dried beans and legumes; peanut butter; grain-based foods such as pasta, rice, cereal, and oatmeal (whole grain/wheat preferred); shelf-stable milk (dry or evaporated); canola or olive oil; baby food and baby formula. CROP Walk tent will also accept monetary donations that will help alleviate hunger locally and internationally. Donations will also assist food and drinking water initiatives across the globe. Hunger is responsible for over 7.5 million deaths annually (one-third of them children), more than from tuberculosis, malaria and AIDS combined.
For further information regarding the food drive or the CROP Walk, call Tom Witkowski at 716-909-1862 or email [email protected].