Mission: To obtain nutritious food and support from public and private sources and efficiently distribute these resources to the hungry in western new york through our member agencies.
Programs: Our work enables the adults, children and seniors we help to learn, work, hope and achieve greater success, independence and dignity. Thanks to the dedication and generosity of donors, volunteers, and partners, we are changing the lives of many for the better. We believe that everyone has a role in ending hunger within our community and that a hunger-free western new york is possible. By supporting the food bank of wny, you help families across western new york get enough to eat every day. The impact we make together within the 106 cities and towns served throughout western new york results in as many as 135,000 people helped monthly and the food bank of wny distributed enough food to serve 135,000 people monthly. Thanks to our generous friends and partners, last year the food bank of wny distributed 15. 6 million pounds of healthy food, the equivalent of 13. 1 million meals. Over 96% of food inventory meets our highest nutrition standards: fresh produce: 35. 3%; meats/fish and protein: 14. 6%; beverages: 13. 9%; assorted food: 12. 9%; dairy products: 9. 4%; cereal, breads, and grains: 7%; and pasta and rice: 3. 7%.
agency assistance and operations support - funds received from new york state hunger prevention and nutrition assistance program, private sources and food bank designated board funds provide equipment and operational assistance to affiliated agency programs.
This group helps feed over 96,000 folks in WNY each year. I used to just help my company do can fund drives. However, last year, I was rear ended by a drunk driver, and my whole life was irreparably changed. Having had to rely on others for donations from their food pantries gave new meaning to me. It was indeed a humbling experience. SO, when I had the chance to "give back" to the Food Bank, by helping with a food drive at the Erie County Fair, I decided to take it. It was easy to sign up by e-mail, and a great way to give back to a group that literally made sure I didn't starve. They were easy to work with, and the people I met through it, were very glad to give of their time, as well. We corresponded back and forth by e-mail and they mailed out free parking passes, and a free fair pass (although I needed two, as I was volunteering with another person- so we had to fix that snag before the day).