Faces of Hunger
We all, at one time or another, have felt hunger with stomach pains and occasional lightheadedness. What if this were a common occurrence or a daily struggle? Thousands of Western New Yorkers suffer from hunger, and it could happen tomorrow to a neighbor, to a friend, or to a relative. Hunger strikes when least expected, and it’s everywhere. Hunger is not confined to one group or to one region. Hunger is in the suburbs, as well as rural and urban areas, affecting all races and ethnicities. Hunger impacts not only the impoverished, but hunger can overwhelm the single mother in Chautauqua County, the elderly couple residing in the city of Niagara Falls, a child in Olean and the family of four in Springville who can’t decide whether to pay for heat or eat. We’re fighting back against hunger, and our mission is to provide nutritious food to those who need it.
Those people like:
Shirley, who frequents the pantry for her husband and son. She says the Food Bank has been "a life saver."
Larry, who at age 60 and a U.S. veteran, has had to visit a pantry for three years because his pension can't cover all his expenses.
Jon, who was recently laid off and can't find a job. Whatever goodies he receives from the pantry he shares with his friends' children who also struggle. Jon credits his wife for paying the bills and says every dollar saved in groceries helps refuel his propane tank to heat his home.