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Labor Unions Representing Workers Employed At BOCES (Boards Of Cooperative Educational Services) To Hold Food Drive Saturday To Benefit FeedMore WNY - A Collaboration Of The Western New York Food Bank & Meals On Wheels

Published Wednesday, June 10, 2020
by WNYLaborToday.com Staff
Labor Unions Representing Workers Employed At BOCES (Boards Of Cooperative Educational Services) To Hold Food Drive Saturday To Benefit FeedMore WNY - A Collaboration Of The Western New York Food Bank & Meals On Wheels

(WEST SENECA, NEW YORK) – As a way to “give back to the community,” five Labor Unions representing Workers employed at BOCES (Boards of Cooperative Educational Services) are set to hold a drive-by food drive on Saturday (June 13th) to benefit FeedMore WNY - a collaboration of the Western New York Food Bank and Meals on Wheels.

“Our Members, who are still working through the Coronavirus Pandemic, ‘wanted to give back’ to the Buffalo Community,” American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 2567 President Gary Hyla, who is employed as a Database Administrator at Erie 1 BOCES, told WNYLaborToday.com.  “We ‘want to do what we can to help’ and I believe there will be nearly forty (Union Members) who have volunteered to take the donations and load them into trucks for delivery.”

The Union Members are asking for non-perishable food donations, including canned fruits and a variety of proteins, as well as baby diapers, wipes and feminine hygiene products - to be dropped off to volunteers between 9 a.m. and 12 noon on Saturday in the BOCES parking lot located at 355 Harlem Road in West Seneca.  Monetary donations will also be accepted, Hyla said.

The food drive was created by: Erie 1 Professional Education Association-New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Local 02055; AFSCME Local 2341-BOCES Ten Month Employees; AFSCME Local 2567; Erie 1 Management Association; and Erie 1 Administrators Association.

The five Unions combine to represent more than 1,000 BOCES Employees.

The Union Food Drive will benefit FeedMore WNY (www.feedmorewny.org/) - a collaboration of the Western New York Food Bank and Meals On Wheels, Hyla said.

Erie 1 Professional Education Association President Donna Walters, who is employed as a Math Teacher at BOCES, tells Your On-Line Labor Newspaper BOCES serves “students across Erie County” and that her Union’s Membership “wanted to do something” to help and feed those students during the Summer.

“We ‘wanted to reach out to the other Unions at BOCES in order to build Union coalitions and (we believed) a food drive was the best way to go,’” Walters said.  “We have a number of our Union Members’ who have not been involved, so we’re thankful we could present this opportunity that many could take part in.’  ‘And this means a lot because there are traditionally food shortages over the Summer months.’  Donations (to food banks and such) ‘are always made’ at Thanksgiving and Christmas, ‘but are also needed’ during the Summer, ‘especially now with our students who depend on (such services).’”

Those dropping off donations are being asked to wear masks, stay in their cars and observe social distancing.   Union Volunteers will practice social distancing during the event too.

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