FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 9, 2020
Contact: Shannon Polvino
Craig Willoughby Donates 300 Meals from Osteria 166 to Community Action Organization of WNY
(Buffalo, NY) – Osteria 166 has prepared 300 meals for the Community Action Organization of Western New York (CAO). Craig Willoughby, the owner of Willoughby Insurance has funded the donation. The meals will be distributed by CAO’s emergency services department to families in need throughout Western New York.
L. Nathan Hare, CEO of CAO, and Hon. Craig D. Hannah, CAO’S board president, are both extremely grateful for Willoughby’s generosity during the crisis. Osteria 166 launched Stock the Freezer to allow people to order frozen meals prepared by the popular downtown Buffalo restaurant. The owner of Osteria 166, Nick Pitillo, said the initiative has led to more than 12,000 meal donations across Western New York.
“CAO owes a huge thank you to Craig Willoughby,” Hare said. “Because of his goodwill, hundreds of individuals will have a delicious meal to enjoy. So many families live below the poverty line in Niagara and Erie Counties. There is widespread racial disparity, which has recently been found in who is bearing the greatest consequence of this terrible disease. We need your support more than ever to fight against poverty and Covid-19.”
“Nick Pitillo is a dear friend of mine, and a great community partner,” Hannah said. “His generosity is amazing. He is always assisting the less fortunate in our area. It is because of community angels like Nick that makes Buffalo known as the city of good neighbors.”
CAO continues to serve the low income population within Erie and Niagara counties as the COVID-19 crisis has unfolded. The non-profit organization is asking the community to “take action” to help the individuals and families they serve during this trying time. Their food pantry services are still running, but there is a need for more food to increase their reach.
CAO’s leadership team is available over the phone for more information. Please contact Shannon Polvino at (716) 597-5188 to schedule an interview or to request more photos.
Craig Willoughby picking up the Osteria 166 order for CAO.
The Community Action Organization of WNY was designated in 1965 as the official anti-poverty agency for Erie County with a mission to serve the unmet needs of our low income population. CAO serves more than 50,000 families and individuals within Erie and Niagara Counties through a variety of programs and services. Visit caowny.org for more information.