Weekly Feature

2017-08-09 / Business

Food Bank of WNY expands operations with new distribution center

The Food Bank of WNY announced the expansion of its operations in Chautauqua County today with the unveiling of its new Chautauqua County Distribution Center and new Partners Fighting Hunger delivery truck. The relocation to a larger facility and acquisition of a 26-foot refrigerated truck will allow the organization to meet the increased demand for food throughout the county and better serve the 17,667 Chautauqua residents who rely on the Food Bank of WNY in any given month.

Members of the Food Bank of WNY’s board of directors and staff gathered with representatives from Chautauqua County foundations, regional corporate partners, elected leaders and member agencies for the unveiling. The celebration was held at the organization’s new distribution center, located at 2485 Falconer-Frewsburg Road in Falconer.

The need for nutritious food among Chautauqua County residents has dramatically increased in recent years. In 2016, the Food Bank of WNY distributed nearly 2 million pounds of food to hungry local families in the community through its Partners Fighting Hunger Direct Delivery Program. This reflects an increase of nearly 1 million more pounds of food per year than when the program began in 2010. The nonprofit’s new Partners Fighting Hunger refrigerated delivery truck with a lift gate, which was fully funded by Chautauqua County foundations and corporate partners throughout the region, will enable the Food Bank of WNY to increase its food distribution throughout the county by an additional 2,200 pounds per truckload.

Additionally, the Food Bank of WNY’s new distribution center is 5,200 square feet larger than its former facility and houses a 450-square-foot walk-in cooler. The spacious cooler will allow the organization to store and distribute more fruits and vegetables to families in need. The expanded facility will also serve as a disaster-relief hub for the community in the event of an emergency.

“The Food Bank of WNY is pleased to be able to expand our operations in Chautauqua County and reaffirm our commitment to those in need with our new distribution center and delivery truck. We are incredibly grateful to the Chautauqua County foundations and our corporate partners whose generosity make it possible for us to continue and grow our Partners Fighting Hunger program,” said Marylou Borowiak, president and CEO of the Food Bank of WNY. “Additionally, we are thankful for the dedication of our 50 member agencies throughout the county. These agencies are on the front lines in the fight against hunger as they continue to open their doors to their neighbors in need. It is because of our wonderful community partnerships that the Food Bank of WNY is able to continue to fight hunger one day at a time.”

The new delivery truck and continuation of the Partners Fighting Hunger Program was supported by the Carnahan Jackson Foundation, the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation, Delta Air Lines, The John R. Oishei Foundation, the Lenna Foundation, the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation, Inc. and Wegmans Food Markets. Additional truck and programmatic supporters include the Cummins, Inc. Jamestown Engine Plant, the Jesse Smith Darrah Fund and the Holmberg Foundation, Inc.

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