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FeedMore WNY special mobile food pantry distributions respond to increased need for food assistance due to COVID-19

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Tue, Dec 1st 2020 10:15 am

FeedMore WNY has added 16 additional food distributions to its mobile food pantry schedule during the month of December as a part of its response to the increased need for food assistance in the community due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The special mobile food pantry distributions will be held at the following locations:

√ Resurrection Life Food Pantry, 145 Old Union Road, Cheektowaga; 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, Dec. 1 and 15.

√ Taste of Faith Food Pantry, 594 Winslow Ave., Buffalo; 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, Dec. 2 and 16.

√ Bread of Life Outreach Center (distribution at Colden Fire Company), 8448 Gutekunst Road, Colden; 2 until 4 p.m. Thursdays, Dec. 3 and 17.

√ New Covenant Tabernacle Food Pantry, 345 McConkey Drive, Buffalo; 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Dec. 8 and 22.

√ Hearts Harvest Food Pantry, 890 Tonawanda St, Buffalo; 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Dec. 8 and 22.

√ Catholic Charities Lackawanna, 75 Caldwell Place, Lackawanna; 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays, Dec. 10 and 17.

√ YWCA/Native American Community Services, 1005 Grant St., Buffalo; 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10.

√ West Side Community Services, 161 Vermont St., Buffalo; 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Dec. 15 and 29.

√ St. John de LaSalle Food Pantry, 8477 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls; 1-3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21.

FeedMore WNY also will hold its regularly scheduled mobile food pantry distributions in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties during the month of December. A complete list of FeedMore WNY’s mobile food pantry times and locations can be found online at www.feedmorewny.org. FeedMore WNY also will post upcoming distributions on its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages (@feedmorewny.org).

FeedMore WNY’s mobile food pantry distributions will provide community members with a variety of nutritious, perishable and nonperishable food items. In order to make it as easy as possible for individuals to receive food, participants simply will be asked to sign in at the distributions, in order to self-declare need.

“FeedMore WNY continues to do everything in its power to ensure our vulnerable community members of all ages, backgrounds and circumstances have enough nutritious food to eat, especially during this time of unprecedented need. We encourage anyone who may be in need of food assistance to call us at either 716-822-2002 or 716-852-1305. People also can learn more about our services online at www.feedmorewny.org,” said Tara A. Ellis, president and CEO of FeedMore WNY.

FeedMore WNY’s mobile food pantry is one of many programs it uses to distribute nutritious food to those in need. Due to the pandemic, the nonprofit has added approximately 3,000 new clients to its Meals on Wheels program since March. FeedMore WNY’s member food pantries and soup kitchens in its network of hunger-relief partners throughout Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties also continue to experience increases in need at their respective agencies.

According to Feeding America – the nationwide network of food banks of which FeedMore WNY is a member – as many as 219,400 individuals in FeedMore WNY’s four-county service area may be struggling with hunger due to the pandemic. FeedMore WNY gratefully accepts donations of food, funds and volunteerism. To donate or learn more, visit www.feedmorewny.org.

FeedMore WNY offers dignity, hope and a brighter future by providing nutritious food, friendship and skills training to its Western New York neighbors in need. Through its Food Bank Distribution Center and partner hunger-relief agencies, as well as its Meals on Wheels and other targeted feeding programs, FeedMore WNY alleviates hunger and assists community members of all ages throughout Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties.

•Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced New York's annual statewide holiday donation drive to benefit families in need across New York would begin Dec. 1. Donations of new unwrapped toys, coats and school supplies are being sought to assist community-based organizations during the holiday giving season.

"This year has been difficult for more families than any time in recent memory," Cuomo said. "While the holidays will look and feel different this year, it will not change what is in our hearts. To ensure families in need are able to share in the joy of this season, I encourage all New Yorkers to consider making a donation and help make someone else's holiday just a little bit brighter."

The Office of General Services has set up drop-off locations across the state for businesses and individuals to bring the new unwrapped toys, coats and school supplies, which will be distributed to families in underserved communities throughout New York. The drop-off locations will be collecting donations through Wednesday, Dec. 16. COVID-19 protocols will be in place to ensure the safety of those dropping off donations, including social distancing, and access to hand sanitizer. Masks are required.

The local drop-off location is the Senator Walter J. Mahoney State Office Building, 65 Court St., Buffalo.

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