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D4F marks Earth Day with donations to food pantries

Fri, Apr 22nd 2022 11:50 am

Total donations set to top $100,000

Lewiston resident Angelo Sarkees of Deposits for Food has been busy this past week with D4F’s annual Earth Day donations to the four Niagara County-area food pantries.

An initiative to benefit the area needy that’s now in its eighth year, Sarkees said funds collected come directly from bottle and can returnables by the community. It takes place in observance of Earth Day and his concerns for the environment.

“The Earth Day presentation is made to commemorate D4F's practice of collecting returnable containers and scrap metal, things that might end up in a landfill, and turning them into cash that is donated to the four Niagara County pantries. All money generated is donated,” Sarkees said.

In the photo, Sarkees, at left, is shown at the Care-n-Share Food Pantry in Ransomville with check donations of $300 apiece to benefit Care-n-Share and the Wilson Community Food Pantry in northern Niagara. Joining him, from left: Linda Leaderhouse of Care-n-Share, Town of Porter Supervisor John “Duffy” Johnston, Janet Hoffman of the Wilson Community Food Pantry, and Doug Adamson of Porter Empty Return, which helps coordinate the D4F collection effort.

Sarkees said D4F would also be visiting Niagara Falls area pantries this week as part of its annual assistance campaign. The latest donations total $2,000, and bring the D4F initiative’s eight-year total to $100,000.

For more information on the D4F campaign, or to assist, contact Sarkees at 716-200-2199. (Photo by Terry Duffy)

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