Hunger in WNY

According to the American Community Survey, Buffalo is the third poorest large city in America. 

Across the state, 2.3 million residents rely on emergency food assistance each year. That breaks down to about 570,000 different people turning to emergency food programs for weekly help in the state of NY.  (From “Hunger in America 2010.  Feeding America.”)  Hunger isn’t just something that impacts people in all those “other” countries around the world.  People in America, people in our own neighborhoods, suffer from hunger everyday. 

This weekend at the 30 Hour Famine, participants will have a chance to make an impact in our own community.  Through one of the activities, students will collect non-perishable food items, water, and blankets/coats.  With the items collected, we will restock what is needed in the First Trinity Food Pantry.  Saturday afternoon the participants will be going to the Food Bank of Western New York.  Here we will donate the rest of the food collected, get a tour and hear more about hunger in WNY.  The Food Bank of Western New York works with around 400 member agencies in four counties to distribute food to those in need.  These 400 agencies serve over 96,000 people, 39% of whom are children and 11% of whom are seniors.  Any blankets or coats we collect will be given to area agencies to hand out to people who need some extra warmth this winter.

Please continue to pray for the 30 Hour Famine this weekend.  I also invite you to get involved in this fight against hunger in WNY.  Here are some ideas of how to help:

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