Holiday President’s Message
It’s hard to believe winter is just around the corner. Summer flew past us (as it always seems to), and now we are turning our attention onto the provision of holiday meals for the nearly 36,000 families we serve every month. This year we are challenged by a big spike in food prices which will require more resources (food and monetary donations) to be able to meet the need. Because of this tremendous task, we are appealing to our support network as well as gearing up for the many fundraising events in which we participate. Some of these are our annual Rock Out Hunger event with DJ Jickster from 97 Rock, our Food 2 Families with WGRZ-TV Channel 2 and Tops Friendly Markets, and our Live at Larkin evening. If you would like further information on any of these, please check back to our website at www.foodbankwny.org or our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FoodBankWNY . And, of course, your help is always greatly appreciated; volunteers and donations are always welcome!
We were very busy all summer long, and many events brought us tremendous success, awareness and assistance. Our Walk Off Hunger in Island Park in Williamsville was well attended, and we were blessed with a beautiful day. This year’s Erie County Fair Food Drive and the Johnsonville Brats sandwich sale that goes along with it were wonderful. The Carubba Collision Charity Golf Classic and the Cruise Against Hunger classic car show in Chautauqua County were very memorable, and we feel proud and greatly fortunate to have so many generous community partners!
We are already looking forward to 2015. We know we have much to accomplish, and we anticipate an increase in requests for our services. We know we are not alone because all of you have made it clear you are in our corner, fighting hunger right alongside of us.
Have a healthy and happy holiday season. You can feel good about what you have done for your community this year. As our partners, you have made a world of difference for those who need a hand in our own backyards.
One more thing - don’t forget to save the date, February 5, 2015, for next year’s well-loved, annual Sweet Charity event. We are delighted to announce our change of venue – Rich Products’ newly renovated and spectacular Atrium! Please join us for this wonderful evening of very special, tasty delicacies and coveted auction items. See you there!
Marylou Borowiak, President & CEO
& the Entire Staff of the Food Bank of Western New York