JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) — One of Jamestown’s largest food donation drives kicked off on Thursday.
This is the 10th year organizers Keith Martin and Dan Keefe have hosted the “Holiday Haul” collecting donations for the St. Susan’s Center.
From now until Saturday, volunteers will be set up outside of the Jamestown Cycle Shop parking lot in Brooklyn Square accepting canned goods and other non-perishables for Jamestown’s only soup kitchen.
In the past year, inflation has hit the center hard. Just like households, they are struggling to keep the rising cost of food and other services in check.
Because of this obstacle, organizers are hopeful the generous Jamestown community will turn out.
Currently the St. Susan Center is on track to serve over 34,000 meals this year, with an average of 120 meals each day. A 15 percent increase from last year.
The group will start accepting donations December 15 and 16 from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturday December 17 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. before the full “haul” is measured and counted.