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ECC contributes mightily to Buffalo City Mission's Impossible efforts

Article by: Michael Farrell

BUFFALO—After collecting thousands of canned goods and non-perishables since late September, SUNY Erie Community College and its Student Government Association (SGA) joined numerous Western New York groups at the Buffalo City Mission to wrap up the year’s “Mission Possible Food Drive School Challenge” with a closing awards ceremony on May 9.  

Initiated to help stamp out hunger in Buffalo and its surrounding communities, the Western New York-wide drive collected more than 22,000 cans and non-perishable goods, which will lead to 6,000 meals for needy individuals and families across the region. With collection efforts across its three campuses, ECC Kats football games and its annual President’s Holiday Gathering at North Campus, ECC and its Student Government Association—competing under the name “Every Can Counts,” or ECC—collected 4,340 canned goods.

The total was the second highest among competition participants. But top finisher or not, ECC President Jack Quinn sees the selfless effort put forth by ECC’s students, faculty and staff as another example of the college community’s commitment to its surrounding neighbors.

“This was an incredible feat by our Erie Community College family, and not the first time we’ve worked with the Buffalo City Mission with the goal of helping our city’s neediest residents,” said Quinn. “Working together on Mission Possible has been another opportunity to aid locals around all three of ECC’s campuses. We, like the City Mission, are always striving to establish a better Buffalo for all residents. That’s what our Student Government Association and ECC community have tried to do over the last year with this food drive, and we’re happy to contribute thousands of goods to the tremendous efforts of our partners at the Buffalo City Mission.”

Since 1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state’s SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC’s faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership. For more information, visit or call (716) 851-1ECC.