Lewiston man donates $65,000 to food pantries returning cans, bottles, scrap metal

RANSOMVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) – We all know the saying ‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure’. Lewiston resident Angelo Sarkees has been turning what some people are throwing away into big money for local food pantries.

“It’s raised 65,000 dollars in five years,” he told News 4.

Sarkees has handed every cent of that over to the Inter-Community Services Care-N-Share food pantry,  Community Missions of Niagara Frontier, and Heart, Love, and Soul to help put food on the table for families in need.

Saturday morning, he delivered another check to the Care-N-Share in Ransomville, as just the latest gift from his so-called Deposits 4 Food campaign.

“We get food from the Western New York Food Bank at 14 cents a pound, but his money and their money that they give us goes a long long way and we can serve a lot of families,” said Ellie Murphy, the operations manager for the Care-N-Share.

At last count, Sarkees has returned about 600,000 cans and bottles and 100 tons of scrap.

It’s a big time commitment on his part.

“It’s probably a couple hours a day, five or six days a week,” Sarkees said.

“Thank God my wife puts up with it,” he added, laughing.

Sarkees says when he started his Deposits 4 Food mission, he mostly collected cans and bottle from festivals and other big events.

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