Foodlink Mobile Food Pantry Dates for 2020

THE MOBILE FOOD PANTRY

Once a month Foodlink brings fresh produce, dairy, and bread products to distribute to anyone who could use a little extra food. All are welcome. There is no income, age or residency requirement and there is no cost to you. Please bring your own sturdy bags. The pantry hours are from 2:30 to 4:30

Also please be courteous to our neighbors. Be mindful of parking signs, remember other businesses are still open and do not park on private property.

The last mobile food pantry for 2019 is on December 11

Below are the dates for all of 2020:
  • January 8
  • February 12
  • March 11
  • April 8
  • May 13
  • June 10
  • July 8
  • August 12
  • September 9
  • October 14
  • November 11
  • December 9

Need to Feed Challenge 2018 Launched

Pictured from L to R – Larry Driscoll, Irene Ferrante, Kristen Bryan, and Olan Mack.

Thank you Trinity Episcopal Church of Seneca Falls for launching our Need to Feed Challenge with your generous donation!




Press Release – June 1, 2018 –

For the past four years, the Seneca County House of Concern’s Need to Feed Challenge has been an important element in keeping the organization’s food pantry stocked and the non-profit agency equipped to help those with food insecurity in our local communities as well as bring awareness to the needs of our neighbors.

The need in Seneca County remains steady with approximately 10.7 % of residents struggling with food insecurity. These are children who go to bed hungry, senior citizens who decide between buying groceries and purchasing medication, and parents who do without, so their children can have enough to eat. In 2017 the House of Concern served an average of 400 households monthly which amounted to nearly 175,000 meals for the year.  There have also been recent challenges with necessary building and equipment repairs as well as ever increasing operational expenses.

Every year a generous group of sponsors agree to set up a fund to be matched by individual donations. Trinity Episcopal Church in Seneca Falls helped kick off the challenge again this year with a check for $3,450.00. To build the sponsor fund, Trinity has joined with other churches, including The First Presbyterian Church of Seneca Falls, Calvary Lutheran Church and The United Methodist Churches in both Seneca Falls and Waterloo, as well as many individuals.

Committee chair, Larry Driscoll reports “We are currently at $10,000. We are now reaching out to the community through a mailing to match the sponsor donations. Every donation of food (at $1 per can) or money received will also be counted towards our total.”

More information and the status of the challenge fund can be found at the houseofconcern.org website and on Facebook. Donations can be dropped off or mailed to: Seneca County House of Concern 33-35 State Street, Seneca Falls NY 13148. When writing a check or dropping off food items, indicate that you wish it to be part of the Need for Feed Challenge.  Donations can also be made via PayPal online at houseofconcern.org. Please specify Need to Feed.

Thank you to all of our sponsors!

SF American Legion Donation

Thank you Kirk Casey American Legion Post 366 for your Feed the Future food drive donations.  Providing breakfast food for children is an important element in battling food insecurity in our neighborhoods. “Feed the Future” is one of two annual food drives by Post 366, with this drive focusing on breakfast foods and is held purposely just before school gets out for those kids that won’t be getting breakfast at school. Post 366’s continued support and the generosity of all who donated to the food drive is very much appreciated. Thank you!

40 Day Challenge of Giving

Take the 40 day challenge of giving. If you observe the yearly tradition of Lent, perhaps you are considering what you can give up. Or even if you don’t, maybe you plan to start spring cleaning and decluttering soon. Or it can also be as simple as giving 40 items in 40 days.

Each day take one item and set it aside to donate. Or if you are feeling more ambitious, pick an area of your home each day and declutter a few shelves in a cupboard, look through a drawer or your closet and pull out items you don’t really need or won’t use.

A few other options are to pick up a few items each time you go to the store. Make a donation jar and collect your change for 40 days. You could also hold a 40 day food drive at your place of work.

What can you put in your donation boxes? Articles of gently used clothing, unused kitchen utensils or dishes, an unopened bottle of shampoo or tube of toothpaste, a jar of tomato sauce or even an extra cake or muffin mix pulled from your pantry.

These are all things that can be donated to the Seneca County House of Concern and are always needed, especially personal hygiene products. Also, a special treat such as a cake mix or brownie mix is appreciated because it’s a nice and unexpected treat for our clients to receive near a holiday or if we know they have an upcoming birthday.

Grab a box or a bag and start the 40 day challenge today to benefit the Seneca County House of Concern! Giving is a great gift to yourself and for others.

Job Opening – Pantry / Client Advocate Assistant

The Seneca County House of Concern has a job opening for a Pantry / Client Advocate Assistant . Please click the link below for the job description and requirements.

Pantry / Client Advocate Assistant

Please submit resume by January 19th to:

Kristen Bryan, Pantry Manager
Seneca County House of Concern
33-35 State Street, Seneca Falls, NY  13148
email: director@houseofconcern.org 

 

Change in Hours

The Seneca County House of Concern Administrative, Food Pantry, and HOC Thrift Store hours are changing following a reorganization plan set in place by the Executive Director and Board of Directors. The reorganization resulted in a small adjustment to operational hours, with the starting time now being 9:30am.

This change became effective January 3, 2018.

The new hours are:

Monday-Friday

Food Pantry and Administrative Office – 9:30 – 12:00 and 1:00-3:30

HOC Thrift Store – 9:30 – 4:00

See the Food Pantry Page and the HOC Thrift Store  pages for more info.

 

SF School District Food Drives

During Thanksgiving week two generous donations came in from the Seneca Falls School District who  recently held food drives to donate to our food pantry for local families in need.

The Seneca Falls Middle School held a can-drive the month before Thanksgiving on what they called Thankful Tuesdays. Each Tuesday had a different theme (Hat Day, PJ Day, build your own Sundae and a Movie Night) and in order to participate, students were encouraged to bring in a canned good to donate. 344 food items were dropped off at the food pantry Thanksgiving week.

Mynderse Academy (high school) held a separate can drive a week before Thanksgiving. Students were encouraged to bring in canned goods in a friendly competition between homerooms. On the Monday before Thanksgiving, members of the Student Council gathered all of the items (nearly 1000) for the food pantry.

Thank you to  the students, faculty, parents and all who donated for your commitment in giving to others in our community.