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National Grid donates money to food kitchens, including in Albion

Staff Reports Posted 3 October 2016 at 1:37 pm
Provided photo: National Grid donated $500 to United Way of Orleans County/Albion Christ Community Kitchen. Pictured, from left: Larry Martin, business manager, National Grid; Faith Smith, director for Christ Church Community Kitchen; and Jessica Downey, executive director of United Way of Orleans County.

Provided photo: National Grid donated $500 to United Way of Orleans County/Albion Christ Community Kitchen. Pictured, from left: Larry Martin, business manager, National Grid; Faith Smith, director for Christ Church Community Kitchen; and Jessica Downey, executive director of United Way of Orleans County.

National Grid donated $12,500 towards hunger relief efforts throughout Western New York during September, which was Hunger Action Month.

The company donated to 10 food banks and hunger relief organizations throughout the eight counties of Western New York. One of the donations included $500 for the Community Kitchen at Christ Church in Albion.

Other recipients include: Food Bank of Western New York, Friends of the Night People (Buffalo), Buffalo City Mission, St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy (Buffalo), Heart Love and Soul Food Pantry (Niagara Falls), North Tonawanda Inter-Church Food Pantry, Rural Ministries “Friendly Kitchen” (Dunkirk), Community Action (Salamanca) and United Way of Genesee County.

“There are too many in our local community who worry where their next meal will come from,” said Kenneth Kujawa, regional manager for National Grid. “While the fight against hunger is year round, September’s Hunger Action Month provides an opportunity to bring the issue top of mind and encourage donations and assistance to help food banks and pantries prior to the holiday season. Every little bit helps and National Grid is proud to play a role in local hunger relief efforts.”

Last year, National Grid launched a companywide campaign to support Hunger Action Month. Locally, a total of 343 pounds of food, enough to feed 285 families, was collected and donated to the Food Bank of Western New York.