FeedMore WNY in need of donations to continue COVID-19 relief efforts

Posted at 6:11 PM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-19 18:16:40-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — FeedMore WNY says it continues to experience a high volume of people turning to the organization for food assistance amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

FeedMore says to meet the growing need it is:

  • Making larger and more frequent deliveries of food to its partner agencies
  • Holding supplemental food distributions
  • Deploying emergency food kits and bags of nutritious food for children into the community
  • Onboarding new clients to its home-delivered meal program

“A lot of the people who are turning to us for food assistance are those who have never had use a food pantry or a soup kitchen. These can be people who have been laid off of jobs,” said Catherine Shick, Communications Director at FeedMore.

The organization's response has included the following:

  • Provided 1.5 million pounds of food to its partner agencies (a 41 percent increase)
  • More than 1,140 new clients have been added to FeedMore WNY’s home-delivered meal program, distributing more than 27,600 home-delivered meals each week
  • Provided 11,750 emergency food boxes to hungry community members and 10,250 bags of nutritious food to children in need

Just think about that. 1.5 million pounds of food is the same as 750 bisons at 2,000 pounds on average or 12 million wings, per Anchor Bar.

“Our donated food is almost completely exhausted, so we really do need the community’s support right now to supply us with non-perishable food donations, said Shick.”

FeedMore says to continue its COVID-19 relief efforts it is in need of donations.

"Nonperishable donations of canned fruits and vegetables, as well as shelf-stable proteins including peanut butter, tuna fish and other canned meats and fish, especially are needed," said FeedMore. "Donations can be made Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 91 Holt Street, Buffalo, NY 14206."

They also need donations of masks for volunteers and monetary donations.

To find food assistance or to make a donation over the phone you can call (716) 822-2002 or (716) 852-1305. Or visit their website.

You can also help FeedMore WNY by giving money, time or purchasing a Buffalo Strong t-shirt.