Food Bank sees rise in need from veterans

Nov 11, 2014

The Food Bank of WNY stocks up for Thanksgiving
Credit Avery Schneider / WBFO News

A local agency is seeing a rise in the need for food assistance by current and former military service members.

Out of the 165,000 people the Food Bank of Western New York assists in a given year, 27 percent are veterans.

The Food Bank’s Public and Community Relations Director, Mike Billoni, says it’s a sad commentary that these men and women made a commitment to the country and come back to find themselves in challenging situations…

“They have, for a number of reasons, can’t find proper employment, and now they find themselves in a financial situation where they need assistance with housing, they need assistance with food,” said Billoni.

Stores of food for those in need across four counties at the Food Bank of WNY.
Credit Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Billoni says the good thing about Western New York is that there are a number of agencies that that help aid veterans. He says Veterans Day is a time in which those who are fortunate can reach out and serve a veteran in need.

Billoni cites organizations like the Veterans One-Stop Center of Western New York, and says those who donate to the Food Bank can know that it will reach a veteran’s family.