BUFFALO — With the coronavirus pandemic in its tenth month, Catholic Charities reminds Western New Yorkers that these in want of meals can go to one in all its 9 meals pantries.
Since March, Catholic Charities’ meals pantries have served nearly 7,000 people, together with kids. This is a rise of about 75% from the identical time final yr. The 9 pantries have additionally distributed tens of hundreds of meals objects, and hygiene and paper merchandise all through the area.
“Catholic Charities’ meals pantries are among the many most important of our many companies that we now have carried on with out lacking a beat through the pandemic,” stated Deacon Steve Schumer, president and CEO of Catholic Charities. “All of our employees and volunteers have stepped as much as do every part potential to assist our neighbors struggling to make ends meet.”
A Catholic Charities meals pantry in Cattaraugus County is situated at Franklinville Outreach, 28 Park Sq., within the village.
In Allegany County, a pantry is situated at Joyce Household Meals Pantry & Outreach, 67 E. Pearl St., Wellsville.
The Buffalo-Niagara area continued to expertise poverty progress of 5% earlier than the pandemic, based on a report by the Cellular Security-Internet Crew of The John R. Oishei Basis in partnership with the College at Buffalo Regional Institute.
The Catholic Charities COVID-19 helpline has fielded greater than 1,100 calls because it started in April. Name 218-1419 between 8:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. Monday by Friday.