New truck will allow Food Bank of WNY to make direct deliveries to Cattaraugus County

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The Food Bank of WNY is celebrating a new tool to help fight hunger. 

On Thursday, the group unveiled a new 26-foot refrigerated truck to expand its direct delivery program to Cattaraugus County. 

Food bank leaders say it will make a huge difference for the dozens of member agencies serving nearly 10,000 people in need in the county any given month. 

Catherine Shick, public and community relations manager for the Food Bank of WNY, said that the new truck will make deliveries easier for the agencies working with the food bank, most of whom are volunteers. 

“Prior to our direct delivery model that we are launching today in Cattaraugus County, our agencies would pick up from distribution points all throughout the county  and they would use their personal vehicles- they would even rent vehicles,” Shich said. “It was very time consuming, it was costly, and it was a burden on our agencies.” 

The direct delivery program will allow the food bank to bring perishable items like fruits, vegetables, and fresh meat directly to member agencies in Cattaraugus County. 

The food bank already offers direct delivery in Chautauqua and Erie counties. 

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