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FeedMore WNY sees uptick in volunteers amid pandemic

Posted at 2:50 PM, Aug 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-15 18:18:35-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — FeedMore Western New York is seeing a major uptick in volunteers willing to help.

We met two Orchard Park High School students volunteering on their own time at FeedMore's warehouse.

"I've been lucky enough to be born into a position where I've never had to worry about where my next meal is coming. So being able to use that privilege has been awesome because I think it's really important that we're able to give back to our community," said Madison Rozic.

"Since I have the time and I'm able to do this, I think this is a really good way to help out other people in need," Elizabeth Faust.

Volunteers checked food items for quality; making sure nothing is opened or expired before getting sorted into boxes that will go to young students.

Amid this pandemic, some students and parents really don't know when they will have their next meal.

"I think that's what makes it even more important because obviously before all this, it was great to volunteer. But the fact that we're doing while there's an ongoing pandemic makes it more important. Because it's even harder for these people to get food."

Over at FeedMore's Grassroots Gardens, you'll find more volunteers.

"We did a little big of harvesting and some weeding today," said Danielle Whitfield.

"These are rough times for everybody and I feel any little bit I can give to our community is helpful," said Lorraine Narby.

"This is our first time and we're planning [to] continue to doing this, you know give out to our community," said Jinyan Sworts.

But while there are many helping at the warehouse, FeedMore still needs volunteers for the Meals on Wheels program.

The program has seen a significant increase since the pandemic started, and they've added 73 new routes to their service areas in Erie and Niagara counties.

"We have s significant increase and a need for volunteers for that program. So we're really still looking for people who maybe can take an hour out of their day at lunch time to go out and bring nutritious meals to our neighbors in need," said Anne McKenna, Chief Communications Officer for FeedMore WNY.

If you are interested in volunteering, click here.