The Trading Post Community Care Center will host its next fundraising effort, “Hike 4 Hunger,” on Sunday, June 10 at Sprague Brook Park. Check-in starts at 11:30 a.m. at the casino shelter and the hike begins at 12:30 p.m.

Hikers are invited to sign up, ask friends and family to sponsor them and bring pledge cards/donations to check-in. Prizes will be awarded for the four highest donation totals. In addition, there will be a post-hike cookout, games, themed basket raffles and a 50/50 raffle. Participants can register and pledge forms can be downloaded on the Trading Post’s website at

Organizers are looking for more people interested in getting involved by donating a gift or theme basket or volunteer to help at the park. To volunteer, call (716) 440-8703.

The event will support the goal and mission of the Trading Post’s Community Kitchen and Food Pantry, which is to reach out by “Showing God’s love by sharing a meal with our neighbors and offering a hand of friendship.”

Over the last several years, the Trading Post Community Care Center has seen a rise the number of families, especially seniors and working families, needing help with food, clothing, housing and other basic needs. The Trading Post consistently serves over 5,000 hot meals per year and logs more than 1,000 volunteer hours to accomplish this work.

In our rural area, many seniors and those who are disabled struggle with fixed incomes and many families are trying to live on low wage incomes. Due to these factors, the Trading Post has seen the need to continue its outreach and are seeking more caring volunteers to reach out through our Community “Soup” Kitchen.

The Trading Post offers a “free hot meal” to the public every Wednesday at noon and it is open to anyone!