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Legislature’s Majority Caucus supports Rock Out Hunger with donation of 40 turkeys

The Erie County Legislature’s Majority Caucus joined 97 Rock, DJ Jickster, WKBW and the Food Bank of WNY to help provide Thanksgiving meals to families in Erie County. The Majority Caucus – Chairman John Mills, Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo, Legislator Edward Rath, Legislator Kevin Hardwick, Legislator Lynne Dixon and Legislator Ted Morton – donated 40 turkeys, paid for with personal funds, and with the support of Tops and Dash’s Markets to the 11th annual 97 Rock – Operation: Rock Out Hunger trailer on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016.


Legislators delivered the cases of turkeys on behalf of the caucus, thanking 97 Rock DJ Jickster for his efforts to raise awareness about the need in our community.


“This is an incredible event. The staff and volunteers who have been out here all week are truly amazing people. To know that more families will be provided for because this community stepped up to help is a great feeling,” said Chairman Mills. “I want to congratulate DJ Jickster, 97 Rock, WKBW and the Food Bank for once again motivating the greater Buffalo region to recognize the challenges many families face and to help out.”


“The Legislature’s Majority Caucus is honored to be a part of this effort, which would not be possible without the event’s sponsors and hard work of everyone who has been collecting food for a week. To see the trailer filling up with donations is great and will make a huge difference in many family’s lives,” said Majority Leader Lorigo. “We want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and to remind those in need that help is available.”


“The City of Good Neighbors clearly does not take that title lightly. I live and work near here and have seen massive amounts of people coming and going for the past week, ensuring that their friends, neighbors and strangers will have enough to eat on Thanksgiving and beyond. We are humbled to play a small role in this huge effort and are once again blown away by the outpouring of support,” added Legislator Rath.


“Everyone deserves to have a hot meal on Thanksgiving and I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of this effort.  I also want to say thank you to DJ Jickster, and everyone who has helped with this effort. Our county is a community because of people like you and organizations like the Food Bank,” said Legislator Hardwick. 


“The Food Bank serves all corners of Erie County, providing meals to thousands of families. Through these events we raise awareness that while the Food Bank is here 24/7 to help, it can only complete its mission through the support to agencies, businesses and individual donations. We have worked closely with the Food Bank and are proud to support their efforts,” said Legislator Dixon. 


“Our community is constantly battling issues with hunger and it is thanks to individuals like DJ Jickster and the Food Bank staff that we can help families win that battle. Many thanks to Tops Markets and Dash’s donating to the Caucus’s collecting and helping us deliver 40 turkeys here today,” said Legislator Morton.





The Food Bank of WNY is the primary hunger-relief organization in Western New York, obtaining and distributing food to 329 member agencies including food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, youth programs, and senior centers in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Niagara counties. Through these agencies, the Food Bank of WNY serves as many as 129,322 individuals in any given month, including more than 44,000 families, 45,000 children, and nearly 17,000 seniors. For more information, visit www.foodbankwny.org.