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KeyBank and First Niagara Foundation donate $25,000 to FeedMore WNY

Pictured left is Tara Ellis, President and CEO of FeedMore WNY, and right is Elizabeth Gurney, who leads the KeyBank Foundation and First Niagara Foundation.

KeyBank and First Niagara Foundation donate $25,000 in merger to feed more in Western New York.

In recognition of the recent merger between The Food Bank of Western New York and Meals on Wheels for Western New York, KeyBank, in partnership with the First Niagara Foundation, is awarding a $25,000 proactive grant to applaud the nonprofit agencies for merging into a new entity called FeedMore WNY. The newly formed organization will share services and reduce expenses to increase food distribution over a larger geographical area and provide additionally enhanced programs to help even more people in the local community.

“The problem of hunger is ever present in our community, and the need continues to grow by the day,” said Tara Ellis, FeedMore WNY President and CEO. “By combining organizations with similar missions, we are able to help even more people in a truly effective and efficient way. We are grateful to our partners at the First Niagara Foundation and KeyBank who have supported us in the past and are now providing the resources necessary to help us move forward in the spirit of collaboration and have a significant impact in our region.”

All employees from both The Food Bank of Western New York and Meals on Wheels for Western New York have kept their jobs.

“The two organizations that came together to form FeedMore put the greater good of the community ahead of their own interests, and they are to be commended,” said Elizabeth Gurney, who leads the KeyBank Foundation and First Niagara Foundation. “This collaboration will help feed more Western New Yorkers in need than ever before.”

ABOUT FEEDMORE WNY

FeedMore WNY offers dignity, hope and a brighter future by providing nutritious food, friendship and skills training to its Western New York neighbors in need. Through its Food Bank Distribution Center and partner hunger-relief agencies, as well as its Meals on Wheels and other targeted feeding programs, FeedMore WNY alleviates hunger and assists community members of all ages throughout Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties.

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