New York Life agent Dave Towry, a longtime personal supporter of the Food Share, found a way to engage his employer in local hunger relief by nominating us for a company grant. Because he got the ball rolling, the Food Share received a grant from New York Life.
The Food Share now has a new electric pallet jack that is used to collect food that will be distributed to thousands of local families in need.
The pallet jack is use to pick up donations from local retail grocers who are Retail Food Recovery program partners. Valuable donations of meat, eggs, dairy and deli foods account for up to 35% of our regional emergency food supply of about 8 million pounds annually.
These nutritious donations add to the variety of foods available to more than 40,000 neighbors each month, who seek food assistance from food pantries and meal sites in the Food Share’s distribution network.