It was a very long, very harsh winter! While the weather is still not ideal, we are finally beginning to see some welcome signs of spring. However, those cold dark months have taken their toll on everyone, presenting all of us with salt-encrusted cars, shorter tempers and higher utility bills.
Here at the Food Bank of WNY, we see firsthand, the impact severe weather has on our agencies and those they serve. More people in need turn out, asking for more food. We also see new faces, people coming to us for the first time as snow days impact hourly-wage workers, and the cost of staying warm soars.
This year, even without the difficult winter, the Food Bank saw a large leap in the numbers of clients appealing to our agencies. Our most recent statistics show the number of families assisted with food rose from 39,000 to 41,348 since just last year. While we are certainly glad we can be there to help, we know that without you, our community partners, we would not be able to provide food to all these individuals.
One way you can help us is to become involved with our annual Walk Off Hunger and Summerfest. This event will take place on Saturday, July 25 in beautiful Island Park in Williamsville. Registration begins at 10AM, and the actual family-friendly 2 mile walk through the Village of Williamsville starts at 11AM. The walk features many wonderful extras for families including nutrition-themed children’s games, great food, music and an elaborate basket auction.
This year we are encouraging people to form teams. It is so much fun to take a walk (especially for a great cause) with a group of your special friends and family members!
We have many other ways you can help us feed our community. The annual Stamp Out Hunger occurs on May 9. This is the day when you can set out a bag of groceries on your doorstep to be picked up by letter carriers and our stalwart volunteers. Once again, we are also the happy beneficiaries of Mother’s Day Down on the Farm at Kelkenberg Farm on Sunday May 10 from 10AM – 3PM. Bring the entire family out to rub noses with baby animals, eat scrumptious treats and take a ride on a pony or a hay cart.
Of course, we can always utilize the skills and expertise of volunteers. Whether it’s in our warehouse sorting food or hanging out with us at one of our many events, we are always grateful for the extra hands our generous community provides.
To find out more about any of these items, please go to our website at www.foodbankwny.org You can also call our Volunteer & Special Events Coordinator, Jen Hayes at (716) 935-6717 or shoot her an email.
Once again, thank you for all you do! We are very blessed to have your support!
Marylou Borowiak, President & CEO
& the entire staff of the Food Bank of Western New York