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YMCA collects cans for a cause: Food Bank of WNY

by jmaloni


Tue, Oct 29th 2013 07:00 am

As part of the YMCA's commitment to the community, the Y has teamed up once again with the Food Bank of Western New York and WGRZ-TV Channel 2 to help give back to those in need right here in Western New York. All YMCA Buffalo Niagara Branches and YMCA Buffalo Niagara's association office are currently taking donations of non-perishable items for the Food Bank.

Last year, organizers were able to collect more than 3,000 pounds of food for area families. This year, they would like to challenge Western New Yorkers to help them reach 4,000 pounds. Donations will be accepted until Nov. 27. Participants in the YMCA Turkey Trot are encouraged to bring cans with them to packet pick-up at the Delaware YMCA from Nov. 25-27.

"The Food Bank of WNY is excited to be partnering, once again, with the YMCA's annual Turkey Trot," said Marylou Borowiak, president and CEO of the Food Bank of WNY. "Last year's participants generously donated non-perishables, which were distributed throughout the holiday season to those who rely on us. This year, the numbers of those seeking assistance from us have grown to 34,030 households. The Food Bank of WNY is truly grateful to be a part of this wonderful event."

Donation locations include:

•Delaware YMCA

2564 Delaware Ave., Buffalo


•William-Emslie YMCA

585 William St., Buffalo


•Ken-Ton YMCA

535 Belmont Ave., Kenmore


•Lancaster YMCA

31 Central Ave., Lancaster


•Niagara Falls YMCA

1317 Portage Road, Niagara Falls


•Southtowns YMCA

1620 Southwestern Blvd.


•YMCA Association Office

301 Cayuga Road, Buffalo


•Independent Health Family Branch YMCA

150 Tech Drive, Amherst


Locally founded in 1852, YMCA Buffalo Niagara is an inclusive association of people committed to a common effort to help individuals and families reach their fullest potential in terms of spirit, mind and body. The YMCA's focus on health and wellness is reflected in the variety of programs offered for all ages and abilities. A not-for-profit organization, YMCA Buffalo Niagara serves more than 100,000 people annually through the seven branches located throughout Western New York, YMCA Camp Weona, as well as at 40-plus community-based program sites. For more information, visit www.ymcabuffaloniagara.org

The Food Bank of WNY Inc. is the primary hunger relief organization in Western New York, obtaining and then distributing food to 340 member agencies such as pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, after-school programs and senior citizen centers. Through those agencies, the Food Bank services 34,030 families. A staggering 96,179 individuals rely on its services each and every month, including more than 38,000 children and 7,847 senior citizens.

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