How to Create Your Legacy
What is The Food for Tomorrow Society?
The long-term commitment of a planned gift is a way to create a personal legacy in support of the Food Bank of Western New York. A planned gift means that the Food Bank of WNY will be able to continue providing much-needed sustenance for those affected by hunger within Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties.
The impact of a planned gift will help us to collect and distribute food through 330 member agencies, provide the funding needed to raise awareness of poverty issues, and find viable solutions in our fight against hunger. The vision of a planned gift ensures that the Food Bank of WNY will be here to do so now and for future generations.
Planned gifts take many forms and may include: personal bequests, IRA contributions and retirement plans, stocks and other securities, real estate and life insurance. When you choose to make a planned gift to the Food Bank of WNY, we suggest that you seek the counsel of your personal financial adviser, attorney, accountant, banker or insurance professional.
The Food Bank of WNY welcomes the opportunity to work with you and your financial counselor to help you decide which giving opportunity best matches your philanthropic goals. For more information about the Food Bank of WNY’s Food for Tomorrow Society opportunities, please contact Clem Eckert, Food Bank Ambassador at 716-935-6687 or email
Who are We?
The Food Bank of Western New York, Inc. is the primary charitable food provider in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara coutnies. Our mission is to “obtain nutritious food and support from public and private sources and efficiently distribute these resources to the hungry in Western New York through our member agencies.” Our 330 member agencies are comprised of soup kitchens, food pantries, emergency shelters and other charitable food providers.
Who Do We Help?
Monthly, 99,000 individuals in need turn to the Food Bank’s member agencies for food assistance. More than 42,000 of these are children and almost 8,600 are senior citizens. Nearly 36,000 households rely on our services each month. Our clients also include the working poor, veterans, the disabled and those caught in difficult economic circumstances. Your support has helped us ...
Procure and distribute over 14 million pounds of nutritious food annually to men, women, and children who continue to struggle for basic necessities (the equivalent of almost 11,700,000 meals!)
Grow our BackPack Program to include 16 schools that receive backpacks of food for schoolchildren who rely on free school meals and have little to eat on weekends and holidays.
Conduct workshops and food demonstrations fro clients from our member agencies promoting increased consumption of fruits and vegetables