Food Bank of WNY in need of turkeys, holiday food staples
In an effort to provide holiday meals to hungry community members, "97 Rock," WKBW-TV Channel 7 Eyewitness News, Kaleida Health and the Food Bank of WNY are teaming up for the 13th annual "Operation: Rock Out Hunger." The weeklong holiday food and fund drive will be held from 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, through 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, at a new location this year: the Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital parking lot, 1540 Maple Road, Williamsville.
"97 Rock's" DJ Jickster will live on a Food Bank of WNY trailer for the entire week as he collects donations of frozen turkeys, nonperishable food items and funds to benefit the hungry families, children, seniors and veterans who depend on the Food Bank and its partner agencies. This year, "Operation: Rock Out Hunger" has set a goal of collecting 3,000 turkeys for those in need.
"For the 1 in 8 individuals at risk of hunger in the Food Bank's service area, a bountiful holiday meal is not a given. The Food Bank works tirelessly to ensure our neighbors in need have enough to eat during the holiday season and throughout the year - but we need the community's help," said Tara A. Ellis, president and CEO of the Food Bank of WNY. "We thank DJ Jickster, '97 Rock,' 7 Eyewitness News and Kaleida Health for making 'Operation: Rock Out Hunger' possible, and we encourage the Western New York community to come out and support this drive to benefit our less fortunate neighbors."
In addition to the collection at "Operation: Rock Out Hunger," donations of food and funds can be dropped off at the Food Bank at 91 Holt St., Buffalo, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Donations also can be made online at www.foodbankwny.org
About the Food Bank of WNY
The Food Bank of WNY is the primary hunger-relief organization in Western New York, obtaining and distributing food to 317 member agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, group homes and youth programs in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties. Through these agencies, the Food Bank of WNY serves as many as 140,000 individuals in any given month, including 45,300 households, 54,500 children and infants and 18,370 seniors. For more information, visit www.foodbankwny.org