The Buffalo News reported on October 22, 2008 that the demand for food in food pantries and soup kitchens has soared. Here is a snippet from the article:
This year, the dining room has been cooking 1,500 to 2,000 more meals per month than in 2007. It’s one example of a growing appetite for donated food.
The Food Bank of Western New York expects to redistribute more than 12 million pounds of food this year — a nearly 12 percent increase over 2007 — to 204 pantries and soup kitchens in Erie, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Niagara counties.