We at the Food Bank of Western New York are so grateful for all that you helped us accomplish in 2016. Together, we provided more than 12 million meals for hungry children, families, and seniors in our community.
Unfortunately, there is still more work to be done to feed our neighbors in need. In any given month, as many as 129,000 individuals rely on the Food Bank for nutritious food and support. Many of these individuals are employed, but still struggle to make ends meet.
As we continue to fight hunger one day at a time, we are committed to finding new ways to serve our hungry community members as effectively as possible. A grant from The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation has allowed us to begin renovations in our Buffalo warehouse, which will accommodate an additional 15 tractor-trailer load’s worth of food. Within the next month, we will also implement a new barcoding system to improve inventory accuracy.
We are also excited to announce that, this spring, we will be relocating our Chautauqua County distribution center in order to better meet the growing need in that community. The new facility will be 5,200 square feet larger than our current warehouse in Jamestown, enabling us to store more product as we expand our presence within the county. As a part of our Partners Fighting Hunger program, we are also in the process of securing a new 26-foot refrigerated truck with a lift gate to ensure the safe and efficient delivery of food to our 45 agencies in Chautauqua County. This initiative was made possible through the generous support of private foundations within Chautauqua County and our corporate partners throughout the region.
2017 is already off to a busy start, and on behalf of all the hungry local families we serve, we thank you for your continued support. With your help, we are making a true difference in our community!
President & CEO