Backpack Program News

3rd Annual Taste & Tunes Supports the Hungry in Seneca County

3rd Annual Taste & Tunes Supports the Hungry in Seneca County

Generations Bank hosted the 3rd Annual  Taste and Tunes on Friday, August 18, 2017 featuring local food, wine and beverages from local area restaurants and business paired with local live music. The event raised $2,367.12 which was donated to the Seneca County House of Concern, Seneca Falls Backpack program, and Trevor’s Gift to support the hungry in our local community.

Thank you Generations Bank, the committee, event sponsors and the many vendors and performers for your continued generosity at this annual event.


2nd Annual Taste & Tunes Raised Over $2,000.00 to Help the Hungry

2nd Annual Taste & Tunes Raised Over $2,000.00 to Help the Hungry

On Friday, August 19, 2016, Taste & Tunes raised $2222.35 to benefit the Seneca County House of Concern, Seneca Falls Backpack Program and Trevor’s gift. Hosted by Generations Bank, the event featured local wineries, breweries, restaurants and live music.

“Generations Bank is committed to the people of the small towns in the Finger Lakes. We don’t like to see anyone hungry, but we know that there are many of our neighbors who are. This is one way we can raise visibility and funding to help the hungry in our communities”, said Menzo Case, Generations Bank President & CEO.

Thank you to Generations Bank, the Taste & Tunes committee, the sponsors, vendors and musicians for their donations to help our local food charities support our neighbors in need. We look forward to next years’ event scheduled for Friday, August 18, 2017.

Above Photo: Taste & Tunes Committee presenting check to Rhonda Pollino of Seneca County House of Concern and Christine VanDusen of the Seneca Falls Backpack Program. L to R: Christopher Henderson , Katie MacIntyre, Rhonda Pollino, Christine VanDusen, Kurtis Von Bergen, and Kristin Grillone.

Taste and Tunes

Taste and Tunes Event Helps Support HOC

Taste and TunesThe first of what will be an annual Taste and Tunes event will take place on Thursday, August 20th as part of the culmination of the Van Cleef Lake Centennial Celebration at Generations Bank’s Corporate Headquarters in Seneca Falls. The evening will feature wine and food from local businesses as well as live music. Music, food and wine will be flowing from 5-9pm followed by a fireworks display over Van Cleef Lake. Proceeds from the event will be used for several local food programs including the House of Concern, Trevor’s Gift and the Summer Backpack program.

Tickets are $20 pre-sale and $25 at the door and can be purchased at Cafe XIX, the Cayuga St. branch of Generations Bank r CVDesigns Boutique at Academy Square.  For more information call 315.568-1151, or email

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Donation Helps SF Backpack Program

SenecaFalls Backpack ProgramSENECA FALLS – Mark Benjamin of Seneca Meadows Landfill presented Lisa Garigen with funds to provide weekend food for the Seneca Falls Backpack program for the 2015 school year.

“Thank you so much for the donation,”stated Garigen. “This donation will help between 7-10 children for the entire school year depending on the fluctuating cost of the food bags. And we never seem to run out of children who need our help.”

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Seneca Falls Backpack Program president Lisa Garigen and Seneca Meadows community relations director Mark Benjamin

The Seneca Falls backpack program has lost a portion of Foodlink funding including a large cut in a hunger relief grant that the program usually receives and is grateful for any support for food at this time. The program now provides food for 85 children in the Seneca Falls School District.

Like many other aid organizations in the Finger Lakes, the program is a 100% volunteer organization, and Seneca Meadows provided supplies and equipment for volunteers a couple of years ago that are still in use and in great condition today.

“The backpack program sincerely thanks its valued partners Foodlink, Wal-Mart, Seneca Meadows, Seneca Falls Rotary Club, and numerous private individual donors along with St. Patrick’s Church for providing free storage space,” added Garigen.