Please Support Our 2018 Holiday Wish List

Are you looking for a creative way to give back during the holiday season? The Seneca County House of Concern has put together a “Wish List” of our biggest needs. Your contribution will go specifically toward the item you selected and you can even choose the denomination you’d like to donate!

You are invited to purchase the total cost of the product or cover a portion with your donation. Whether you donate $10, $20, $50, $100, or more, your generosity helps propel our mission…throughout the holidays and all year long!

If you wish to donate, please choose a cause below and you can donate securely right online!


Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) upgrades are needed to provide comfort and optimal indoor air quality.

Total Cost: $4,000


We are hoping to provide updated laptops for our staff in order to better serve our clients, customers, and operations.

Total Cost: $600 each


Our roof was in need of significant repair, which we financed with a loan. We are looking to pay the loan off in full.

Total Cost: $10,000


Through the services of Foodlink, we are able to provide a week’s worth of food for a family of 4 at only $80 per week.

Total Cost: $80 per family (3 meals a day / 5 days a week)

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 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 Please specify Need to Feed.

Thank you to all of our sponsors!

Models and Sponsors Announced

Anticipation is building as several models and sponsors have confirmed participation in the spring fashion show & luncheon to raise funds for the Seneca County House of Concern. The sixth annual event, titled The Traveling Little Black Dress… “goes Disco”, is traveling again and will be held on Friday, April 20th and Saturday, April 21st, 2018 at the Seneca Falls Country Club, 2790 State Route 89.

The fun will begin at 11:00 a.m. with raffles for items donated from several local businesses and restaurants. At 11:30 the doors will open, and attendees will be served lunch and treated to another delightful show. Models will be local friends of the organization including Mary Cook of Mix 98.5, Desiree Darby and Jerry Moran of Generations Bank, Emily Hilimire of Lyons National Bank, Tom Hilimire of Ace Automatics/Manhill Food Services, and Lisa Fitzgerald of ITT Gould Pumps. Several sponsors are supporting the fundraiser including but not limited to Bonadent Dental Laboratories, Summit Federal Credit Union, Waterloo Container, Generations Bank, ITT Gould Pumps, Dr. Rodney Littlejohn, Barrett Marine and DA Liquor.

Tickets for the event are open seating at $40.00 each. Save by purchasing two or more for $35.00 each.  Reserved seating will be only for tables of 8 attendees at $260.00 per table. Bring your family, friends or co-workers together and reserve a table. Tickets can be purchased by calling Susan at (315)730-4975, at The Copy Shop and Bee’s Cookies & Cakes, both located on Fall Street in Seneca Falls, or on the website at:


No Gifts Please Party

Dr. Herbert Holden and Rebecca Holden held a No Gifts Please Party on Saturday, July 15th. In lieu of gifts they asked that their guests donate non-perishable food items to the Seneca County House of Concern food pantry.

The Holdens were celebrating a few meaningful milestones in their life. First and foremost, their 50th wedding anniversary as well as recent 75th birthday celebrations. They have always been supporters of the House of Concern and continue to set an example of philanthropy. Their simple twist on gift giving will help many people in need in Seneca County and hopefully inspire others to do the same at their next celebration.

Several bags of food were donated (not all are pictured) including cases of canned vegetables and tuna as well as items, such as boxed cereal, peanut butter and beans.  The continued support of Herb and Rebecca is greatly appreciated as well as the generosity of their guests who donated. Thank you!

Color Run – ‘Kids Helping Kids’ – Register NOW!

Color Run ‘Kids Helping Kids’ for the Seneca County House of Concern

Download Registration Form: Color Run Registration Form

The Seneca Falls Parks and Recreation will be partnering with the Seneca County House of Concern to host a Community Charity Color Run. The food insecurity rate in Seneca County is around 11.5%. This means 1,000’s of people, including many children, are going to bed hungry every night.

The Mission: We are hosting this event to raise awareness, help our neighbors with food insecurity and strengthen our community. The 1 mile color run will be held on July 29th, 2017 at 9am.

Race Day Registration: Begins at 8:15 am and will close at 9am.

Race Location: The event will be held at the Mynderse Academy Track and Field, 105 Troy Street, Seneca Falls and is 1 mile long.

Registration Fee: $15 – Download Form: Color Run Registration Form

Enter your kids, invite their friends and have fun for a great cause!

Bonadent – Premier Sponsor of Canal Crawl

BonaDent Dental Laboratories will proudly serve as the premier sponsor of this year’s Canal Crawl Paddling Poverty event hosted by the Seneca County House of Concern. Daniele Bonafiglia Wirth, Vice President of BonaDent, recently met with the House of Concern’s Olan E. Mack (Executive Director) and Sharon Morehouse (Committee Chair) to present the check and affirm their commitment to the event. Canal Crawl Paddling Poverty is an event that raises funds for the House of Concern Food Pantry, which helps those in need with basics necessities such as food, clothing, and household items.

Participants in the Canal Crawl will paddle down the Cayuga-Seneca Canal from Oak Island in Waterloo to Van Cleef Lake on August 19th in kayaks or canoes. Participants are encouraged to raise their entry contributions through pledges from family members, friends, and coworkers. Prizes will be awarded to those who raise the most money. 100% of proceeds will go toward serving the Seneca County House of Concern.

Bonadent Laboratories Website


Feed the Future Project Donation

The Seneca Falls Kirk Casey American Legion Post 366 recently donated food items collected during the 5th Annual Feed the Future Project. The food drive collected breakfast foods to help feed children over the summer because for many, once the school year is over, there is no breakfast to start their day.

In addition to the items in the picture, more donations of cereal came in and the timing could not have been better because the pantry was in great need of cereal.

A big thank you to the Kirk Casey American Legion Post 366 and friends for their donations!

Feed the Future Project

The Kirk Casey American Legion Post 366 (Seneca Falls) is holding their 5th Annual Feed the Future Project. With the school year ending soon, for some children this will mean going without breakfast. The Legion is asking for non-perishable breakfast foods such as cereal, juice, oatmeal, grits, pop tarts, peanut butter, etc.

Every food item donation will entitle you to one entry to win a gift certificate from a local establishment.

The food drive continues through June 7th.





Too many people cannot afford their medications and The House Of Concern does not have the funds to help all of the people in need. So Lisa Scialdone and Donna Aceto of Fit For Life Personal Training decided to help and gather a group of people on Thanksgiving morning to go for a run before they gobbled their Thanksgiving dinner .A great turnout of 29 runners/walkers raised $516 for the HOC! Thank you everyone who took some time out of their holiday to support The Seneca County House of Concern.