“It's A ‘Real Problem’ Here And ‘We Will Continue To Do What We Can To Help Out Our Most Vulnerable Neighbors’” - CSEA Members ‘Come Together For The Fourth Year In A Row’ In Niagara County ‘To Help Fight’ Food Insecurity
(LOCKPORT, NEW YORK) - For the fourth year in a row, Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Members from Niagara County joined forces with government leaders to carry out a Holiday Food Drive to assist struggling families.
Festively decorated containers and bins were placed in Employee work areas throughout all Niagara County office buildings as CSEA Leadership encouraged County Employees to donate a variety of non-perishable food items and canned goods, which were delivered to area food banks and pantries in Niagara County just before the Christmas Holiday.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in 2016 41.2 million people are living in food-insecure households, while 10.8 million adults live in households with very low food security.
These statistics include the grim reminder that 6.5 million children lived in food-insecure households in which children, along with adults, were food insecure.
And in 2020, the need for positive nutrition has grown exponentially alongside the COVID-19 Pandemic and skyrocketing unemployment.
CSEA represented Employees who work for the Niagara County Department of Social Services say the concept of starting a December food drive was initiated from community members sharing their stories of food insecurity with County Workers.
CSEA Western Region President Steve Healy praised the effort: “It’s ‘wonderful to see our Members partnering with management and elected officials focusing on matters of real significance.’ ‘I applaud our CSEA members for their genuine concern for those who may be struggling to make ends meet.’”
Added CSEA Member Sue Young: “CSEA Workers ‘deliver many valuable services to county residents.’ ‘We know firsthand what is happening on the streets and in our homes.’ Food insecurity ‘is surging’ – ‘it's a real problem here and we will continue to do what we can to help out our most vulnerable neighbors.’ ‘We hope this effort can make this holiday season a bit easier for those who need the assistance.’”