Cross Roads event to benefit Food Bank of WNY

On Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Cross Roads will host the 3rd annual “Cruise Against Hunger” classic car and motorcycle cruise-in to benefit the Food Bank of WNY.

There will be an $8.14 entry fee per car with net proceeds going to the Food Bank. Entries will be judged in a variety of classes, and proceeds from the cruise-in benefit the Food Bank of WNY.

The Blue Star Mothers of Western New York will present a chicken and ribs barbecue to help raise funds to mail care packages to service people overseas. They are a support group of parents whose brave children are serving overseas in the military. Funds raised from the BBQ will help these mothers continue their mission to send care packages to as many soldiers as possible serving overseas. For more information about this organization, visit the Blue Star Mothers of WNY’s informational booth at Cross Roads Farm and Craft Market.

The cruise in will feature door prizes, 50/50 drawings, music from the ’50s to the ’70s, dash plaques and goodie bags to the first 50 entrants. Visitors and participants can vote for People’s Choice, and are encouraged to bring non-perishable food for the Food Bank of WNY. For more information about the Cruise In or the Food Bank of WNY, see www.foodbankwny.org/NewsAndEvents/Events/CruiseAgainstHunger.aspx.

The Food Bank of WNY helps those less fortunate Western New Yorkers who turn to soup kitchens, food pantries, and other emergency food providers for assistance. Locally, their workload has increased recently due to the closings of some of the area’s largest employers.

“In Chautauqua County we are currently feeding nearly 13,000 people every month, a figure which includes 5,545 children and 1,383 senior citizens,” said Polla Milligan, food drive coordinator for the Food Bank of WNY. “Seeing what has happened to businesses like ConAgra Foods, where over 400 jobs were impacted at the Carriage Househas created an increased need for assistance, especially since some households had multiple family members working there.”

“We like that it is a grass-roots and community-oriented event and truly appreciate the support of all of the vendors and the shoppers who take the time to visit,” Milligan said.

Open from the first week in May until the last Saturday before Christmas, Cross Roads Farm and Craft Market features food, shopping, beautiful country views, and fun. The cooperative is always looking for more vendors and artists. For more information, visit www.TheCrossRoadsMarket.com, call Gerry at 679-8894 or check out their Facebook page. Stop by on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.