Welcome to FeedMore WNY! Our Board of Directors, Community Ambassador Council and staff are truly excited for this opportunity to better serve our vulnerable neighbors of all ages and tackle unmet needs in our community. Our team is already working hard to fulfill our mission of offering dignity, hope and a brighter future by providing nutritious food, friendship and skills training to its Western New York neighbors in need.
As FeedMore WNY, we will expand and improve upon our existing services, so clients of our Meals on Wheels program, food bank programs and partner hunger-relief agencies will continue to enjoy nutritious food and exceptional care. We also will create new opportunities to alleviate hunger. Our plans include more comprehensive senior feeding opportunities, such as a senior mobile food pantry, and the creation of child summer and afterschool feeding programs. Down the road, our goal is to launch a workforce development program that includes culinary and warehouse training opportunities targeted to unemployed and underemployed individuals facing high barriers to successful and sustainable employment. Through this initiative, FeedMore WNY can work to tackle hunger at its root and “shorten the line” of those in need of food assistance.
Though Meals on Wheels for WNY and the Food Bank of WNY have been collaborating for decades, the decision to join forces was made after much careful consideration. We toured and learned from national models where successful food bank and Meals on Wheels integrations already have taken place. We have studied hunger-relief programs with community kitchens that provided skills training to those it served and we will use those programs as best practice models. A task force comprised of board members, staff and community volunteers from Meals on Wheels and the Food Bank worked incredibly hard to ensure we asked all the right questions and conducted a thorough review of where the organizations are today and how best to position them for the future. Ultimately we enthusiastically agreed that, by coming together, we could make a greater impact in the community and touch even more lives.
I am truly deeply grateful to everyone who worked on making this next great step in eradicating hunger in Western New York possible. Most of all, I thank you. Without your support, we simply would not be here today. With your continued partnership, we can provide nourishment and hope to more children, families, seniors and veterans. Together we WILL feed more!
Tara A. Ellis
President & CEO