Many saw the announcement earlier this month that the Island Deli & Meat Market was temporarily closing due to the economic and health ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic. Longtime Grand Island resident Richard Gurbacki saw the announcement and placed a call to Eric Berger, the owner, and Tracy Crouse, the manager of Island Deli, and asked what would happen to the food that would not be used when the business was closed.
Gurbacki, who is on the board of directors of the Response to Love Center, indicated to Crouse that the center provides daily meals to hundreds of people from all over the east side of Buffalo – and that number has been growing since early March. So, this small Grand Island business makes the decision not to forget that many people and families that live in Western New York are struggling much more than ever. Gurbacki’s SUV was loaded with meats, roasts, produce and prepared foods that were taken to the Response to Love Center.
Gurbacki and Sister Mary Johnice Rzadkiewicz, the director of the Response to Love Center, jointly stated the organization focuses on improving lives by addressing human needs and providing a pathway to self-sufficiency. Only through the kindness and consideration of businesses such as the Island Deli & Meat Market can it continue to address those needs.
When we all get through this, please remember the local businesses like the Island Deli in your normal, everyday life.
For more information about the Response to Love Center, go to http://www.responsetolove.org/ or contact Gurbacki at 716-361-1145.