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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

NFTA Launches its Givin' and Groovin' Bus to support the Food Bank of WNY

Food Bank's Catherine Shick and
NFTA's Kim Minkel cut ribbon
On August 1, the NFTA launched its Givin' and Groovin' Stuff A Bus outreach program to support the Food Bank of Western New York.  NFTA also partnered with the Erie County Fair, Upstate Farms and Tops Markets in this effort.

The Givin' and Groovin' Bus, which was designed in honor of the NFTA's 50th anniversary, moved around town to various locations on a mission to collect as many canned goods and non-perishables as possible.  As an added bonus, anyone who donated food was able to enter to win a raffle for a year's supply of Upstate milk.  (The winner - Laura Westfall from North Tonawanda).

“Hunger unfortunately remains a serious problem throughout Western New York, affecting not just our inner cities but our rural and suburban communities as well.  We are grateful to our friends at the NFTA, the Erie County Fair and Upstate Farms for holding this food drive to help the Food Bank of WNY provide nutritious food to our neighbors in need,” said Marylou Borowiak, President & CEO for the Food Bank of WNY.”

NFTA's Patrick Reulbach
helps load food collection onto bus

In addition to this community-wide effort, NFTA staff also held an internal drive within its various business centers and collected over 20 large boxes of food.  The total combined collection amounted to a whopping 1,300 pounds of food (with some cash donations) which will equate to an estimated 1,535 meals for those in need.

About the Givn' and Groovn' drive, Kim Minkel, NFTA's Executive Director, said, “We are thrilled to help the Food Bank of WNY, and do what we do best, utilize our public transportation for the good of our community."
Thank you to everyone who supported this effort!