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Food Bank: Community's help needed to 'Check Out Hunger'

by jmaloni
Fri, Jan 29th 2016 10:45 am

Local retailers participate in annual fundraising campaign to support Food Bank of WNY

Western New Yorkers will be able to help feed hungry families in the community while shopping for groceries throughout the month of February. Customers of Dash's Market, Market in the Square, Tops Friendly Markets and Wegmans Food Markets will have the option to add $2, $3 or $5 to their grocery bill to support the Food Bank of Western New York's "Check Out Hunger" campaign.

All proceeds from "Check Out Hunger" will go directly to the Food Bank of WNY, which serves more than 41,000 families each month. A $2 donation will help provide approximately 12 meals to local families in need, while a $3 donation will help provide approximately 18 meals, and a $5 donation will help provide 30 meals.

"Check Out Hunger" is the Food Bank's largest annual fundraiser, and is critical in helping the organization fight hunger one day at a time. Proceeds from last year's "Check Out Hunger" campaign helped provide more than 4.5 million meals to hungry Western New York families.

"While parts of the greater Buffalo area are currently experiencing economic growth, a tremendous need still remains. Clients of the Food Bank include working families struggling to make ends meet, senior citizens on fixed incomes, and individuals burdened with unexpected medical bills," said Marylou Borowiak, president and CEO of the Food Bank of WNY. "We are thankful to our amazing local retail partners for coming together to help the Food Bank of WNY 'Check Out Hunger,' and we urge the community to support their neighbors in need by donating to this important campaign."

Dash's Market, Market in the Square and Wegmans Food Markets' "Check Out Hunger" campaigns will run until the end of February, while Tops Friendly Markets' campaign will run through Feb. 20. Lexington Cooperative Market will hold its "Check Out Hunger" campaign in spring.

Premier Gourmet, Premier Wine & Spirits and Price Rite completed their "Check Out Hunger" campaigns in November and December.

The Food Bank of WNY is the primary hunger relief organization in Western New York, obtaining and distributing food to 326 member agencies, including food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, afterschool programs and senior citizen centers in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties.

Through these agencies, every month the Food Bank of WNY serves 116,691 individuals, including 41,348 families, nearly 44,000 children and infants, and 13,194 senior citizens. For more information, visit www.foodbankwny.org.

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