The Seneca County House of Concern prepared food baskets to 85 families around the county for Thanksgiving. The baskets were made possible by a number of churches, civic organizations and volunteers who donated both the food and the time to fill the baskets at the HOC headquarters on State Street.
Turkeys were provided by Foodlink, local churches divided a list of a variety of foods like stuffing, vegetables, condiments and pies to fill the baskets; civic organizations held food drives, and a number of volunteers came to fill the baskets.
The agency is facing the highest need in its 44 year history at the same time as cuts in funding have hit hard and SNAP recipients have seen their monthly allotment of money for food cut. Most SNAP recipients are elderly, disabled or children and the number of elderly folks needing assistance from the House of Concern has nearly doubled in recent months.
The House of Concern is a not for profit agency and donations are tax deductible. The HOC is a partner agency of the United Way of Seneca County.