Food for Thought – Summer 2018

Hello Friends!

As Executive Director I’d like to share with you the most recent happenings at Seneca County House of Concern (SCHOC). First and foremost, thank you for your unwavering support of our agency and the vulnerable populations we serve. The organization certainly would not be on the footing it stands on today without your support, commitment and energy.

Since our last newsletter we have continued to serve hundreds of in need residents who live in Seneca County. Calendar year to date we have served over 55,000 meals and moved over 89 tons of food through our doors and directly to families in need.

A special thank you to the community and businesses for your support of our fundraiser, The Traveling Little Black Dress. This annual event has now raised over $70,000 in the span of six years. All of our fundraisers help us raise much needed resources to assist us in assisting our clients and there are three exciting events at Seneca County House of Concern this summer. We have our Color Run – Kids Helping Kids coming up on Saturday, June 16th, 2018. We are in the midst of our annual Need to Feed Campaign, and we are ramping up for our Canal Crawl on Saturday, August 18th, 2018.

Our Thrift Store has tried various special sales and will be expanding its hours to include extended hours one night (TBD) a week and monthly Saturday sales through year-end. The Thrift store has also been able to help on average 11 families per month with nonfood items such as clothing, furniture and housewares. Keep us in mind when looking for a new home for some of your things – especially furniture! Come shop in our store and support the food pantry at the same time!

Please continue to follow us on our website and on Facebook to keep up with our latest news, events, and fundraisers.

Wishing you peace and warmth!
Olan Mack

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


Thank you Seneca County Community!

We, the Board of Directors of the Seneca County House of Concern (SCHOC) wanted to take this moment to say THANK YOU to the Seneca County Community.

We have been providing services and assistance to residents of Seneca County for nearly 50 years!  It is only because of our benevolent neighbors, friends, businesses, volunteers, and dedicated staff that we have been able to be a blessing to so many for so long.

Along our journey we have faced many obstacles including decreases in fiscal resources coupled with increased demands in the needs of the Seneca County Community’s most vulnerable populations.

We are currently in the process along our journey of facing some challenging fiscal times.  We stand faithful and confident that our neighbors, friends, business, volunteers and dedicated staff will continue to support us as we work through this trying time in our journey of service.

In an attempt to be more prudent and responsible stewards of the resources, donations, time, and efforts of our benefactors, we (Board of Directors of SCHOC) have instituted an agency wide reorganization.  This reorganization should allow us to service our client base in a much more efficient manner.  The reorganization will result in a small adjustment to our starting time, now 9:30am, and some staff duties have been realigned and consolidated.  The reorganization should not result in any loss of services to the clients we serve.  The efficiencies realized by the move should position the SCHOC to build a rock solid financial foundation and position the agency to look forward to the future of providing services to Seneca County’s most vulnerable for another 50 years and beyond!

As always donations and volunteers are always appreciated.

Once again THANK YOU Seneca County Community!

Board of Directors
Seneca County House of Concern

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:


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.


Handyman Volunteers Needed

The Seneca County House of Concern needs volunteers to help with fixing things,  from minor carpentry work to painting.

Volunteering at the House of Concern is a great way to bring your corporate, faith, or community group together to help make a positive impact in our community.

If you or a group you are involved with are looking for a rewarding way to give back and   have repair skills please contact Olan Mack at or call 315-568-2433. Thank you!

You can also fill out the Volunteer form online here:

Online Volunteer Form and Agreement