Food Bank of CNY
As if proof was needed of an increasing need, the Food Bank of Central New York recently transitioned to a new, larger warehouse space in Baldwinsville.
"We now distribute more than 11 million meals annually," said Ania Stilwell, public relations and marketing coordinator.
Stilwell said every one dollar donated creates two and a half meals, which are provided to soup kitchens, emergency shelters and food pantries throughout the 11-county coverage area.
"Twenty-five dollars would go a long way," Stilwell said.
Donation to the Food Bank can be made online at foodbankcny.org, by phone at 437-1899 or by check to Food Bank of Central New York, Attn: Tom Slater, 7066 Interstate Island Road, Syracuse, NY, 13209.
Best known for providing hot meals to those in need, the Rescue Mission also offers emergency shelter and long-term housing, clothing for all ages and employment resources in the Syracuse area, among other programs.
"A $25 donation to the Rescue Mission would provide about 12 meals in our dining facility or one night of emergency shelter," said Paul LaDolce, communications director of the Syracuse and CNY Rescue Mission.
When it comes to feeding the hungry, every penny truly counts: LaDolce said in November of this year, the Rescue Mission served 5,219 more meals than in November 2009, with a 17 percent increase in women and children taking advantage of the Rescue Mission's hot meals.
"Our services are increasing in a very difficult economy that is also impacting the people who support us," LaDolce added.
To donate to the Rescue Mission of Syracuse and Central New York, visit rmsyr.org, call 472-6251 or mail checks to Rescue Mission, Dept. IN99, P.O. Box 11122, Syracuse, NY, 13218.
In it's mission to end domestic and sexual abuse, Vera House provides a variety of resources including emergency shelter at confidential locations for women and children as well as men, rape crisis and sexual assault services, advocacy programs, and youth and community counseling and education programs.