AT&T Produce Donation to Response to Love Center



Fresh Produce for Buffalo Families

As the cost of food rises, especially fresh fruits and vegetables it is becoming increasingly difficult for the poor on Buffalo’s East Side to provide a healthy balanced diet to their families. Recognizing this need in the Western New York community, AT&T is working with the Food Bank of Western New York to provide a weekly delivery of fresh produce to Response to Love Center.

The Response to Love Center provides food to nearly 500 individuals monthly through its food pantry, and helps to support local Families, Veterans; seniors and provides Adult Education including English as a Second Language and TASC (High School Equivalency.)

Starting Monday August 31, 2015, and throughout the next 17 weeks, the Food Bank of Western New York will deliver 22 cases – approximately 800 pounds – of fresh produce, including broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, yellow onions, white potatoes, apples and navel oranges, weekly to Response to Love Center. AT&T’s contribution will result in more than 370 cases or approximately 13,600 pounds of fresh produce for our hungry neighbors in Buffalo.

“We are extremely grateful for this collaboration between the Food Bank of Western New York and AT&T, which will provide 17 weeks of fruits and vegetables to approximately 500 individuals who rely on Response to Love Center’s food pantry each month,” said Michael Gilhooly, Assistant Director of Response to Love Center. “It is a struggle for many of our clients to obtain fresh produce due to geographic and economic barriers, and this wonderful donation will provide them access to nutritious food which they might not have otherwise been able to receive.

Giving back to the community where AT&T colleagues live and work is part of the company’s corporate DNA. For 100 years, AT&T employees have been donating their time and talents to support underserved populations and strengthen communities.

“AT&T’s generous contribution and partnership with the Food Bank helps us to fulfill our mission to obtain and distribute nutritious food to the hungry in Western New York through our 326 member agencies, including Response to Love Center.” said Marylou Borowiak, President & CEO of the Food Bank of Western New York

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Catholic Youth: Neighbors in Action

Catholic Youth: Neighbors in Action at Response to Love Center
Catholic Youth: Neighbors in Action at Response to Love Center

July 2015,
Immersion trips for youth groups help young men and women understand and learn Catholic Social Teachings, faith and service in action, prayer and reflection on Sacred Scripture. The youth realize it is not about coming together for an event but a process that requires a full commitment.

Response to Love Center was blessed in hosting youth groups in the month of July.

Groups came from Michigan, Missouri, West Bend Wisconsin; their residence was the Harvest House in South Buffalo. Commuting each morning to the Response to Love Center they were greeted with encouraging words and prayer by Sister Mary Johnice.

Kathleen Majchrzak our volunteer coordinator gave the volunteer youth their service projects for the day. The experience was prayerful with a spiritual sharing and reflection at the end of the day, while enjoying some local cuisine like Buffalo style pizza and wings.

It was also an opportunity for the Sisters, Sr. Catherine, Sr. Rose and Sr. Johnice to share their vocation story and lead in a reflection on their individual and communal call and response with their “YES” to serve God and the mission of the Church, leading by example, as Francis of Assisi said;
“Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.”

Rich Product’s Community Service Day.

Response to Love Center Hosts a Rich Product’s Community Service Day.
Response to Love Center Hosts a Rich Product’s Community Service Day.

July 28, 2015
Response to Love Center Hosts a Rich Product’s Community Service Day.

The Response to Love Center had a wonderful opportunity to partner with Rich Products.

The Buffalo headquarters hosted over 200 leaders from their offices around the world. The week long conference included a Community Service Day that served many purposes – team building activities and a way for their associates from different states and countries to get to know one another and serve together; a platform for them to learn about Buffalo; and the benefit of bringing back what they learned to their own regions.

16 Rich Products volunteers from China, Kenya, Georgia (USA) and the Buffalo area learned about the mission at Response to Love Center. They engaged in the dining room, food pantry, special projects and client interaction.

All who were part of the day’s event were inspired by the “Felician Threesome,” Sisters Mary Catherine, Sr. Mary Rose, and Sister Mary Johnice; the staff and volunteers hospitality and the client’s joy.

In gratitude, Rich Products presented a donation of $1000 for the needs and services of the mission at Response to Love Center.

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15th Annual Food Bank of WNY Motorcycle Run & Benefit Party

15th Annual Food Bank of WNY Motorcycle Run & Benefit Party

SAVE THE DATE…Saturday, September 19th, 2015

Each month nearly 100,000 less fortunate Western New Yorkers turn to soup kitchens, food pantries, and other emergency food providers for assistance. Since 1979, the Food Bank of Western New York has been helping individuals in need by acting as a bridge between available food sources and agencies servicing them. 39,000 of those served by the Food Bank of Western New York’s member agencies are children while 8% are seniors. In addition to distributing food, the Food Bank has programs to further assist its agencies and educate the community about hunger among the needy in our area.

2014 Food Bank Motorcycle Run
Sr. Johnice and Mike Gilhooly at the 2014 Food Bank Motorcycle Run

The Food Bank distributes food to approximately 340 member agencies that feed the less fortunate in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Niagara Counties. These are child care centers, food pantries, group homes, senior programs, shelters, soup kitchens, and summer camps, including the Response to Love Center. The Food Bank of WNY provides more than 13 million pounds of food annually across the four counties it serves.

It’s time to polish those pipes, strap on those helmets and ride for the cause…Saturday, September 19th; it’s the Fifteenth Annual Food Bank of Western New York Motorcycle Run & Benefit Party. All the fun starts with a 9:30am registration for the scenic motorcycle dice run. The dice run will include stops at Squire Whites at The White Inn of Fredonia and Gowanda Harley Davidson. The starting point and more dice run stops will be announced. The run will end at the Sunset Bay Beach Club’s Benefit Party!!! Not riding? No worries, everyone is invited to the event party that kicks off at 2pm and will include basket raffles, FUNdraising, run prizes, vendors, contests, live entertainment, finger food, a cash bar and more…

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Kelly Borrello
Event Coordinator

Debbi Yoakum
Event Coordinator

Mike Billoni
Food Bank of WNY, PR

Food Bank Motorcycle Run 2015
Official Press Release March 22, 2015