President’s Message

At the Food Bank of WNY, we work hard to provide nutritious food and support to hungry children, families and seniors in our community. However, we could not fight hunger without the help of our volunteers. Volunteers power every aspect of our mission, from the people who sort and pack donated food in our warehouse to those at our partner agencies who help distribute the food to our neighbors in need. We also rely on dedicated volunteers to assist in our office, support our special events and serve on our Board of Directors. Thanks in large part to the efforts of our volunteers, the Food Bank of WNY distributed more than 12.4 million meals in 2017!

April is National Volunteer Month, and on behalf of all of us at the Food Bank of WNY, I would like to thank our volunteers for lending their time and talents to fight hunger in Western New York. Your compassion improves the lives of our most vulnerable community members. It takes a lot of hands and a lot of heart to help the Food Bank and our agencies serve as many as 135,000 individuals throughout our four-county service area, and we always are looking for more volunteers to continue our mission. If you are interested in making a difference, I encourage you to contact our  Volunteer and Food Drive Coordinator, Akari Iburi, at (716) 935-6677 or at Additional information and applications can be found at

It doesn’t take a big commitment to make a big impact. Every volunteer shift served helps to ensure that nutritious food makes it into the hands of those who need it most. We are stronger together, and through our community of volunteers we can work toward one day ending hunger in Western New York.



Tara A. Ellis
President & CEO