Deposits for Food begins its seventh year of collecting returnable beverage containers and scrap metal, with all proceeds going to three Niagara County food pantries. In slightly over six years, founder Angelo Sarkees of Lewiston, a SUNY at Buffalo graduate, has donated $72,000 to Community Missions, and Heart, Love & Soul, both in Niagara Falls; and Care and Share Food Pantry in Ransomville.
Sarkees would like to thank his family and friends for their support and all of the businesses and individuals who have donated returnables and scrap metal. Particularly, Rob Morreale and John DeSantis at Collision Enterprises; Eric Matthews and Ken Bryan of the Brickyard/BBC in Lewiston; Anthony DiMino at Tops Lewiston; Carmelo Raimondi of Carmelo's Restaurant; and the Grengas at One Niagara. Also, all the individual households around Niagara County that contact him or just leave empties and scrap by their garage.
Gratitude is also expressed to a significant patron, Doug Adamson, and his staff at Porter Empty Return Center in Ransomville for assistance in processing the empties.
Finally, Sarkees extends holiday greetings to all, especially the staffs of the pantries and shelters throughout WNY. Sarkees urges everyone to remember the pantries and shelters in their holiday donations and volunteer efforts.
Pictured (from left) are Sarkees, Sister Beth Brosmer, executive director of Heart, Love & Soul Food Pantry and Dining Room; and Joe Sbarbati, associate director at Community Missions.