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GOVERNMENT FOOD DISTRIBUTION DELAYED BY SHIFT IN WAREHOUSING

Government surplus food will be distributed to Erie County residents the end of this month or the beginning of June, according to the Community Action Organization.

Some towns, including Amherst and Hamburg, had been told the distribution was postponed, and alternative dates were not available.

"The CAO called. They gave us no reason, nor would they give us a new date. They merely stated they would get back to us with further information," Amherst Supervisor Jack Sharpe said.

The distribution in Amherst was scheduled for June 1.

The delay is due to a shift in the warehousing of the food, said Florence E. Baugh, director of neighborhood services for Community Action Organization. In March, the state named the Food Bank of Western New York to act as the lead agency for distribution.

Community Action Organization has a network of 145 distribution sites, but the Food Bank had planned to use alternative sites. Food Bank officials agreed last month to use the community action distribution system at least temporarily.

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