Operation: Rock Out Hunger brings in 2,600 turkeys and breaks monetary donation record

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The 14th annual Operation: Rock Out Hunger drive by 97 Rock has raised a record-breaking $36,000 in donations and brought in 2,600 turkeys.

DJ Jickster lived in a food bank truck outside of the Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital to help collect money and food for FeedMore WNY.

“We had great weather, don’t get me wrong, it was cold at night, but we had so many great volunteers here that just made all the donations, which are steady all week long which is just amazing, they make my job a lot easier,” Dave Jickster said.

Individuals came in droves to drop off donations over the seven-day event, and businesses big and small came as well.

“We love Thanksgiving, it’s our favorite time of the year, and without the community, we wouldn’t have a business,” Chris Neal said, the co-owner of AC Heating and Cooling.

Neal and his business partner dropped off 35 turkeys on the final day of the cause. And Kaleida Health came in with a huge donation of 11,000 pounds of food.

Special guest, Jim Kelly, also stopped by. His foundation, Kelly for Kids, came up with $2,500 for the cause, and he and his wife Jill pitched in another $1,000 to Rock Out Hunger.

“I just rewind the tape back to when I was growing up and not having much, and Thanksgiving was a fight over the food with six boys in our family and how much it meant to sit down and have family dinner,” Kelly said. “To see what Jickster and 97 Rock and all the boys have been able to do here, it’s amazing.”

In any given month, the food bank program at FeedMore WNY helps about 129,000 people in our area.

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