Food Bank, Homeland Security, Natl. Guard distribute food

 

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) —  A historic November storm left thousands of Western New York residents with the inability to leave their homes. Some weren’t even able to restock their fridges.

After receiving frantic phone calls from people nervous they could starve with no escape in sight, the Food Bank of WNY arrived with 7,000 pounds of food for those in need.

The Food Bank of WNY said they received a call Saturday afternoon from New York’s Homeland Security office regarding families homebound in Lackawanna.

Products like milk, juice, soup and beef stew arrived by the crate to the staging area at the Lackawanna Senior Center where members of the National Guard worked with volunteers to pack and deliver bags of food to families which indicated they were out of supplies.

“We have a plan in place when events like this occur,” President and CEO of the Food Bank of WNY Marylou Borowiak said.

Lackawanna Mayor Geoffrey Szymanski said they received enough food for 500 bags, and within hours had delivered 200 bags.

Szymanski said they would deliver food bags out to people until 12:00 a.m., Sunday morning, and reopen the deliveries at 7:00 a.m. He said they’d make deliveries until they run out of food or until he lifts the travel ban.

“I can’t lift the driving ban until I feel the streets are safe for travel,” he said.

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