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On Thursday, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that 1.2 million eggs will be distributed to food banks throughout New York as a unique part of a settlement in a price gouging lawsuit.

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Continued economic uncertainty in many households has more New Yorkers relying on assistance from food pantries. That was a message relayed Friday by three elected representatives during a visit to a Cheektowaga church where needs are rising both for food handouts and volunteer assistance.

The Food Bank of Western New York, Meals on Wheels for Western New York and the Meals on Wheels Foundation of Western New York have joined forces to form a joint organization called FeedMore WNY. WBFO's Mark Wozniak spoke with FeedMore president and CEO Tara Ellis about the unification.

An organization which reaches out to hungry individuals is now getting involved with connecting furloughed federal workers to help amidst an ongoing partial government shutdown. It is just one of many new gestures Friday, as affected federal workers miss a second scheduled paycheck.

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A woman who escaped domestic violence and conquered alcoholism is sharing her story to offer hope for others. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with Jillian James who says a women's shelter and food assistance saved her life.

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She serves breakfasts and lunches to customers from her Lancaster diner. Robin Finsterbach, owner of Aunt Robin's Diner, wants to be sure kids don't go hungry during the summer. So she's giving them a free bagged lunch.

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The Food Bank of Western New York unveiled a brand new refrigerated truck that will now serve Cattaraugus County.  WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Food Bank is expanding its Direct Delivery Program. 

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New York is making free food pantries a standard fixture on all its public college campuses.

The Resurrection Life Food Pantry in Cheektowaga has received an anonymous donation to buy a new truck for food deliveries.

Food Bank of Western New York

A program that distributes food to Chautauqua County residents in need is expanding its operation.

Food Bank head stepping down after two decades

Apr 27, 2017
Food Bank of Western New York

The longtime leader of the Food Bank of Western New York is stepping down after more than twenty years with the non-profit.

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The Buffalo State campus will be the site of the annual Sleep Out - a night when students, activist groups and the community come together to bring awareness to the issues of hunger and homelessness in Western New York.

There is a new twist to the problem of hunger in Toronto. The demands placed on food banks in the city's downtown has dropped by about 16 percent. But that number doesn't reflect an improvement.

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A local food pantry got a helping hand from the Girl Scouts on Wednesday. About a dozen scouts and brownies helped pack groceries for distribution at the Response To Love Center on Kosciuszko St.

Food Bank faces increased demand during cold spell

Feb 17, 2015
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The record cold weather has resulted in a greater need for items supplied by Food Bank of Western New York.  Area soup kitchens, shelters and food pantries are using more food items to feed those in need

Food banks receive 19,000 cans of donated soup

Jan 28, 2015
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Food banks across upstate New York are receiving a timely gift of thousands of cans of soup to feed the hungry.

A new report from Ontario's main food bank organization says there has been a dramatic spike in first-time users of food banks. In its annual assessment, the Ontario Association of Food Banks also calls for the governments to provide more money for all social services.

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

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A meeting to strategize ways to combat hunger was held in Buffalo Wednesday. The New York State Council on Food Policy held its third listening session as part of its tour across the state.

Chautauqua Preview: Feeding a Hungry Planet

Jun 30, 2014
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Week two of the 2014 season at the Chautauqua Institution explores feeding a hungry planet, plus the return of a popular Independence Day tradition. 

Citizens Bank donates $20k to area food bank

Jul 24, 2013
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A donation by a longtime partner of the Food Bank of WNY will help fight childhood hunger this summer.


Food pantries and soup kitchens say they are reluctantly becoming a permanent part of the nation’s safety net for the poor. In a new report on New York’s charitable food distribution system, the groups say it is government that needs to step in and lend a helping hand.