On August 29 Congressman Brian Higgins, Erie County legislator Howard J. Johnson and Fillmore District Councilmember Mitch Nowakowski, hosted a backpack and school supplies giveaway. Unity Coalition (with generous support from “Rooted in Love Inc.”) supplied over 200 boxes of produce and over 400 hot dogs and hamburgers.
Hundred of families benefited from this and other services, such as the Board of Elections signing people on the spot to become Elections Inspectors; providing absentee ballot applications; and in conjunction with Unity, registering over 100 people to vote. Over 500 people in all were benefitted in some way along with these and other activities i.e. with Census takers providing their services. “We were pleased to work with Legislator Johnson, Council member Nowakowski, The response To Love Center and the Buffalo Central Terminal on this great event,” Congressman Higgins said. Many of the backpacks were donated by the Teachers Desk and the “Pancho Packs” program provided $130 worth of school supplies for each backpack.