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2018-03-22 / Local News

Legislators request GiftAMeal to help fight against hunger

The Erie County Legislature Minority Caucus recently sent a letter to GiftAMeal, asking the organization to launch its services in Buffalo to help fight hunger.

GiftAMeal is a mobile application that helps provide a meal to someone in need each time a user takes a photo at a participating restaurant.

Users can then share their experience on social media to help provide a second — and even third — meal.

According to 2017 statistics provided by the legislature, Buffalo is the fourth-poorest city in the country with almost 30 percent of families living in poverty. Currently, GiftAMeal operates only in Chicago, St. Louis and Detroit.

“GiftAMeal would be a great addition to Erie Count y,” Legislator John Mills said. “We have an abundance of great restaurants, and our communities are filled with kind and generous people. This is a simple and creative way to help those in need while also supporting local businesses. It’s a win-win.”

Minority Leader Joe Lorigo added that people in every corner of our community live in poverty without consistent access to healthy meals.

“Many people want to help, but aren’t sure where to start,” he said. “This mobile application makes it easy to fight hunger simply by taking a photo. Everyone with a smartphone can do it.”

Legislator Ed Rath concurred with Lorigo and Mills, adding that the community needs to enhance its assistance to local food banks.

“When you go out to dinner at one of our many great restaurants, you see people taking photos of their meal for Instagram or Facebook all the time just for their friends to see,” Rath said. This is an opportunity to make it count.”

For more information about the program, visit www.giftameal.com.

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