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Legislator Morton’s 2nd annual Food Drive a success, greatly benefits local food pantries


We’ve all read the stories in the paper of the countless individuals suffering from the ongoing opioid epidemic. There has been a lot of talk of families being ripped apart by this tragedy, too often we hear talk but see little action.

Legislator Ted Morton joined Senator Patrick M. Gallivan, Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard, Holland Central School Superintendent Cathy Fabiatos and Alden School Superintendent Adam Stoltman to announce continued funding for school resource officers (SRO) in several local districts. The SRO program provides a uniformed officer in schools as a way to promote student safety, conflict resolution and anti-bullying initiatives.

At a Legislative session held on September 21, 2017, Legislator Ted Morton honored Lancaster resident, Dick Young as the September 2017 Citizen of the month.

Today, in response to the County Executive’s offer to work with Legislator Morton to develop a compromise Made in America Act, Legislator Ted Morton wrote to him to begin the process.

Legislator Ted Morton first introduced the Made in America Act in support of local manufacturers and local workers in Erie County. After passing the Legislature by a vote of 9-1, the County Executive vetoed the law after instructing the County Attorney to draft a legal opinion.

Erie County Legislator Ted Morton thanks everyone who donated to his second annual food drive benefitting the Alden-Marilla Community Food Pantry, Trinity Pantry and Tri-Community Food Pantry. In all, it took several carloads to deliver the food from the collection sites to the food pantries the week of Dec. 14.


“My first food drive was so successful that I wasn’t sure if we could top it but I am quite certain we did. Thank you to everyone who donated and for your generosity and thoughtfulness. Special thanks to the Cheektowaga and Lancaster senior centers, Alden Town Hall and Alden Chamber of Commerce for serving as collection sites. Without their help this event wouldn’t have been the success it was,” said Legislator Ted Morton.


The food collection directly benefits residents in Legislator Morton’s district who rely on the Alden-Marilla Community Food Pantry, Trinity Pantry and Tri-Community Food Pantry for assistance. Legislator Morton also delivered a portion of the food to Depew High School for its “Stuff the Bus” food drive also benefitting the Tri-Community Food Pantry.


“The students and staff at Depew High School did an awesome job. It was a pleasure talking with them about why they started their ‘Stuff the Bus’ drive and see how much they care. I also want to recognize all the food pantries staff and volunteers, without them we couldn’t help our neighbors in need throughout the year,” Legislator Morton added.


For information or assistance, please contact Legislator Morton’s Legislative Office at (716) 858-8856 or email