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On Tuesday, June 2, a contingent of 20 Canisius students and faculty volunteered at Mt. Olive Church on Delavan Avenue to fill grocery bags with food that will be delivered to neighborhood residents.  Pastor Kinzer Pointer coordinated the event.  Students in the Western New York Teacher Residency program, who are enrolled in Dr. Marya Grande’s Inclusive Strategies class, participated, along with students from Allyson Backstrom’s pre-health programs.  Combined, the group pitched in to fill close to 800 grocery bags.

Canisius alumni, faculty, staff and friends later joined in to make quick work of distributing the pallet loads of staples into bags for individual families. Raisa Mehltretter, a student in the WNY Teacher Residency program who was not able to attend, sewed 60 cotton face masks for adults and children, and donated them to the church.

Pastor Pointer indicated that this is an ongoing project and volunteers will be needed every week.  If you would like to join in, please contact

Submitted by: Mary R. Rockwell, director, The New Buffalo Institute