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December 30, 2013

Falls charitable groups hope holiday help continues into 2014


Niagara Gazette — Of course, when it comes to helping feed the less fortunate, few organizations do more than the Food Bank of Western New York. Located south of William Street in Buffalo, the organizations services much of the region, including Niagara County, through supporting its member organizations. Those places, mainly food pantries and soup kitchens similar to what the Community Missions offers, distribute the food they receive to their clients.

One method the food bank oversees to stock pantry shelves with food is the numerous local food drives, many of which provide some valuable necessities like baby food to areas servicing young families who can’t afford these items regularly.

Food Bank Public and Community Relations Director Mike Billoni said November and December brought a lot of food in through these drives as the holiday season brought increased charity. But like with Community Missions, the help usually decreases as the calendar begins its transition through the first few months of the new calendar.

“Customarily, it gets slower for food drives for donations in January and February,” Billoni said. “But we’re always open for people to make donations. People can do that through our website,, or by calling our general phone number, 852-1305.”

Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251 or follow on Twitter @timchipp.

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