Food Bank of Western NY
The Food Bank of WNY provides food and services to 329 member agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, senior centers, after-school programs, and group homes, throughout Cattaraugus, Chau¬tauqua, Erie, and Niagara counties. In 2015, they distributed enough food to provide more than 12 million meals. Hunger remains a serious problem in Western New York, even when the economy feels better to many of us. Many people who need food assistance are employed, but just aren’t able to make ends meet. Some are forced to choose between paying for medicine and utility bills or purchasing nutritious food. The face of hunger in WNY does not belong to any one demographic. Those who struggle with hunger in our community can include children, working families, seniors on fixed incomes, people with disabilities and those who served or are serving in the military.
Because of the Food Bank’s contribution to our community, FedEx Trade Networks Information Technology & Human Resources teams chose them for this year’s FedEx Cares campaign. Our food drive resulted in close to 100 Purple Tote Bags containing over 775 lbs. of donated food items. We had a team who advertised the event and worked with the Food Bank to organize the logistics. It was a true teambuilding event that resulted in a boost to the food reserves prior to the Buffalo winter. Our event was scheduled just after Halloween, so you can spot a few oddly-dressed participants.