Weekly Feature

2017-08-10 / Business

Walk Off Hunger campaign raises $93,000

The 10th annual Walk Off Hunger, presented by Life Storage, raised a record-breaking $93,000 for the Food Bank of WNY, according to a release from the organization.

The proceeds from the event will help the Food Bank provide 558,000 nutritious meals for hungry local families.

“This year’s Walk Off Hunger was a tremendous success; we are honored to partner with the Food Bank of WNY and the other sponsors to help fight hunger in our community,” said Diane Piegza, vice president of investor relations and community affairs at Life Storage. “We look forward to the continued growth of this wonderful event.”

Nearly 700 individuals participated in Walk Off Hunger, which was held on July 29 at Island Park in Williamsville.

The event, co-hosted by Calvary Episcopal Church and Congregation Shir Shalom, offered food and entertainment for attendees of all ages to enjoy while supporting the cause.

The fundraiser’s proceeds come at a critical time, as donations to the Food Bank significantly decrease in the summer while the need in the community remains high, the release said.

During summer vacation, many families whose children rely on their school’s free or reduced-price meal program have to turn to the Food Bank’s member agencies for food assistance.

In any given month, the Food Bank of WNY provides food and support to as many as 135,000 individuals — including more than 44,000 families and 55,000 children and infants — throughout Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties.

“It is so humbling and inspiring to see how far Walk Off Hunger has come since we began this fundraiser 10 years ago,” said Gary Bluestein, a member of the Food Bank’s board of directors and the founder and honorary chairman of Walk Off Hunger. “I am truly grateful to the Western New York community for coming together to make this walk our best yet.”

Bluestein added that Walk Off Hunger’s continued success is a team effort and is made possible thanks to the dedication of the walkers, the generosity of the sponsors and the hard work of volunteers, Walk Off Hunger committee members and Food Bank staff.

“We are thankful for all of our wonderful supporters who work so hard to help the Food Bank of WNY fight hunger one day at a time,” said Ramon Morales, a member of the Food Bank’s board of directors and chairman of Walk Off Hunger. “Throughout the past 10 years, the proceeds from Walk Off Hunger have enabled the Food Bank of WNY to provide 3.4 million meals for hungry children, families and seniors in our community.”

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