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Winter weather creates greater need for food for the needy

The extreme winter weather has sent more people into shelters and kept more children home from school, resulting in a greater need for food at the soup kitchens, shelters and food pantries supplied by the Food Bank of Western New York.

The Food Bank has sent out a call for more food, especially in larger sized cans, so the providers can easily prepare hearty, hot meals for those in need.

Johnnie Mae Holt, executive director of the Durham Metro Kitchen in Buffalo, said in a press release, “Those who come in for a meal are staying until we close because it is so cold out.”

An easy way to donate is through the Check Out Hunger campaign this month. Customers at Tops Friendly Markets, Wegmans, Market in the Square and Dash’s can contribute $2, $3 or $5 when they are buying their own groceries, with the money going to the Food Bank.