Food for thought: Helping the hungry in Niagara County

New refrigerated truck will help service thousands

Brenda's Bites
December 02, 2018 - 9:06 pm

15,570 people.

That staggering figure reflects the number of people in Niagara County who rely on the Food Bank of WNY for nutrition and support. It’s hard to fathom that in today’s day and age people in our region – and across the United States – face issues of hunger.

Many of those folks will have a brighter holiday thanks to an expanded Direct Delivery Program designed to better serve the partner agencies in Niagara County. Earlier this week, the Food Bank unveiled its new 26-foot refrigerated truck in order to better serve its 41 Niagara County member agencies and distribute more food to people in need throughout the community. As a result, the Food Bank will now provide direct delivery services to all of its 317 agencies throughout its four-county service area.

The truck was introduced at the Salvation Army of Niagara Falls, one of the many agencies that will benefit immediately with the expanded service.

“We are thrilled that the Food Bank’s Direct Delivery Program is coming to Niagara County. We only have one vehicle and sometimes that vehicle is expected to be in several places at once,” Captain Stephen Carroll, commander of The Salvation Army of Niagara Falls, said. “Direct delivery will allow The Salvation Army and other agencies the ability to order more food based on what is needed without having to consider how much we can fit into a vehicle.”

“Through this program, food orders will be distributed safely and efficiently to our agencies’ doorsteps – at no cost to them,” Catherine Shick, Public and Community Relations Manager for the Food Bank of WNY, said. “Unfortunately, hunger remains a persistent problem in Western New York and Niagara County, with 12% of Niagara County’s population considered food insecure.”

If you would like to donate non-perishable goods or make a monetary donation, contact Catherine at the Food Bank at 716-935-6692.

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