4-H food drive in Erie County

Date(s) - Friday, Jul 17, 2020
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Cornell Cooperative Extension

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The 4-H Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County is hosting a Food Drive from 4 to 7 pm. Friday, July 17. Non-perishable food items will be donated to Feed More WNY.

The food items can be dropped off at two locations: Delavan Grider Community Center, 877 East Delavan, Buffalo and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County, 21 South Grove St., East Aurora.

This will be a no-contact food drive. People can place their donations in boxes without having to come in close contact with others.

If people are not able to drop off food at these locations, they can also make monetary donations. These donations will be used to purchase fruits and vegetables from urban farms in Buffalo who are part of the Greater Buffalo Urban Growers. The urban farms will then provide Buffalo residents in need with fruits and vegetables grown on their farms. See more information and a link to donate here. 

The food drive aims to respond to the needs of the community, so they are asking for items that are currently being requested by FeedMore WNY, including non-perishable fruits, vegetables and proteins.

The 4-H teen leaders who are part of the 4-H Erie County Teen Ambassadors club identified the need to bring the local community together through food. They have been growing vegetables for donation and are also helping with the food drive. One 4-H teen leader, John Pirrung, said that his 4-H club “wanted to figure out how to do something for our community in the time of COVID-19.”

When deciding what to donate, please pick items that are low in salt and that do not have added sugar.

“Because 4-H is about healthy living, we want to collect items that are healthy and nutritious,” Pirrung said.

Questions about the food drive can be addressed to the 4-H Educators, Sara Jablonski at sej57@cornell.edu (716) 597-7361 and Teresa Tokasz at tmt63@cornell.edu.