Buffalo, NY – June 2, 2020 – The Junior League of Buffalo hosted a “No Contact Drop & Go” Food Drives at two locations on Saturday, June 6, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to benefit FeedMore WNY. The food drives were held at Kenmore West Senior High School at 33 Highland Parkway in Kenmore and at 206 Lake St. in Hamburg (next to the Dairy Queen). Donors simply pulled up and volunteers collected the donations from their vehicles.
While the Junior League of Buffalo gratefully accepted all nonperishable food donations, FeedMore WNY is especially in need of canned fruits and vegetables as well as shelf-stable protein items, including canned meats and fish, peanut butter and other nut butters. Monetary donations also were accepted at the food drives.
JLB president Cindi McEachon said, “For the last one hundred years, Junior League of Buffalo members have remained committed to our great community. As an organization of trained volunteers, we are honored to partner with Legislator Lisa M. Chimera on this community food drive to benefit FeedMore WNY. We believe now is the time to act, serve, and embrace our community. During these unprecedented times, it is vital that we rally together and grow our collective impact.”
FeedMore WNY provides nutritious food and support to hungry community members of all ages, backgrounds and circumstances throughout Erie, Niagara, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties. Before the pandemic, the hunger-relief organization was serving as many as 135,000 individuals. Since March, thousands more community members have been turning to FeedMore WNY for food assistance. The nonprofit’s warehouse is distributing 42 percent more food to its partner agencies and through food distributions compared to what it typically distributes this time of year. FeedMore WNY also is delivering 56 percent more home-delivered meals each week compared to its baseline average.
“FeedMore WNY is committed to doing everything in our power to ensure our neighbors in need have enough nutritious food to eat during this pandemic and beyond. However, we can only fulfill our mission with the help of dedicated volunteers, donors and community partners,” Tara A. Ellis, president and CEO of FeedMore WNY. Ellis also is a past president and sustaining member of the Junior League of Buffalo. “We are grateful to the Junior League of Buffalo for hosting these two important food drives and for its continued support of our organization. We encourage the community to take part in these food drives on Saturday, June 6 to help feed our hungry Western New York neighbors.”