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Rock Out Hunger collects donations for FeedMore WNY November 2 to November 9 this year, here's how to help

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Posted at 5:26 PM, Oct 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-02 11:29:03-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Mark your calendars, Western New York! Rock Out Hunger kicks off early this year.

For the 16th year in a row, DJ Jickster of 97 Rock will camp out for one week in a trailer, collecting donations for FeedMore WNY.

The trailer will be parked at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital starting November 2 at 3 p.m. until November 9 at 10 a.m.

Rock Out Hunger, which usually wraps up the week before Thanksgiving, collected more than 2,300 turkeys and raised more than $53,000 last year.

This year, they're getting a head start.

“A lot of people aren’t working, a lot of people are struggling because of rising food prices and rising prices overall and we’re here to make sure everybody gets a meal this holiday season," said Anne McKenna, Marketing Director at FeedMore.

In addition to Thanksgiving turkeys and cash donations, FeedMore WNY has the most need for the following:

  • shelf-stable proteins (canned tuna, peanut butter, canned chicken)
  • Low sodium canned vegetables
  • Low sugar canned fruit
  • Whole wheat pasta and rice

“And that I’m so grateful for because I never have to worry that I will go hungry and my kids are happy I’m doing this, because they’re the ones who encouraged me," said Carol Saviola, a Meals on Wheels client from Hamburg.

FeedMore is also welcoming volunteers. You can find out more about volunteer opportunities here.

Donors don't have to wait for Rock Out Hunger to begin in order to give. FeedMore WNY is accepting donations right now on their website.

7ABC is proud to sponsor Operation: Rock Out Hunger with Kaleida Health and 97 Rock.