5K Race Benefits House of Concern

Race For Hunger 5k August 2nd at Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve.

The Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve is hosting their fourth, annual 5K Race for Hunger on August 2, 2014 at 9:00 am at their Black Brook Road site in Seneca Falls. Although this race’s USTAF certified course is situated in a wetland preserve, it is not your typical “trail race.”

The terrain is relatively flat, with a stone dust path and beautiful native wildflowers, wildlife and ponds surrounding the course. In addition, the trail is built up for race day, so even if the weather has been rainy, the course will be relatively dry.

Proceeds from the 5K Race for Hunger benefit the House of Concern, a very active, local food pantry that services hundreds of families in need.

Registration Fee

Pre-Registration – $15 per person, and a non-perishable food item.

Race Day Registration – $20 per person

(First 100 pre-registrants will receive an event t-shirt. Pre-registration forms must be postmarked by July 14, 2014.)

Registration forms are available by:

1. Visiting our web page http://www.senecameadows.com/5k_race_for_hunger.php

2. E-mailing mneumire@iesi.com

3. Calling 315-539-5624

Event Date & Start Time

Saturday, August 2, 2014, 9:00 am

Age Groups & Awards

1st Place Overall Male & Female: $100 value gift certificates or cash cards (TBD), and trophy

2nd Place Overall Male & Female: $50 value gift certificates or cash cards (TBD), and trophy

3rd Place Overall Male & Female: $25 value gift certificates or cash cards (TBD), and trophy

Trophies given to first, second and third place male and female winners in each age category. (13 and under, 14-16, 17-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over. No duplicate awards.)

Every year, this race brings runners from around the state and across the country. The event is sponsored by the Seneca Meadows Landfill. Volunteers from the Seneca Falls Volunteer Fire Department, the Seneca County House of Concern, United Way of Seneca County and North Seneca Ambulance are sure to make the day a success.

“We have some great prizes for this year’s event,” said Seneca Meadows Public Relations Coordinator, Marcy Neumire. “First, second and third place overall male and female winners will all receive cash prizes, which is pretty much unheard of for a $15 entry fee. I think our runners are going to be very happy.”

The House of Concern, a non-profit agency that has been in operation since 1969, services low income families and individuals in Seneca County by providing food, personal items, clothing, furniture, household goods and financial aid. Community fundraisers, such as the 5K Race for Hunger are essential for the successful operation of this charitable organization.

Other food banks providing services for Seneca County, include: The Cayuga Seneca Community Action Agency and the Harmony Food Pantry in Waterloo, the Ovid Federated Church, the Interlaken Reformed Church, and the Tyre Reformed Church.

The Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve is located on the corner of Black Brook Road and King Road in Seneca Falls, one mile south of State Route 318. For more information, call 315-539-5624.

American Legion Sponsors Feed the Future Drive

Feed the Future
The school year is almost over and for some children that means their days will start without breakfast. This creates a critical time for children in need and for local food pantries. The Seneca Falls American Legion will be collecting Non-perishable Breakfast items to be donated to the House of Concerns’ food pantry.HOC logo

As an incentive, the Legion is offering an entry for every item that is donated into a drawing to win gift certificates to local businesses.

Items will be collected
from May 23th thru June 21st, 2014 @
Post 366
48 State Street
Seneca Falls.
Food Pantry 1Please join the Legion in supporting this effort to fill the many cereal bowls of the future!

Any questions or comments, contact Julie Scott (315-604-1396) or the American Legion (315-568-8091)

Some examples: Cereal, juice boxes, oatmeal, pop tarts, cereal bars, instant breakfast, peanut butter, etc…

Electronic Donations Accepted

Did you know that you can now make donations to the House of Concern online?
Go to www.houseofconcern.org and click on DONATE. You can use your credit/debit card, or use PayPal. It’s very easy, and the transactions are secure.

Did you know that a donation of:
$25 will purchase 15 jars of peanut butter
$50 will purchase 40 boxes of cereal
$100 will purchase 50 dozen eggs
$500 will allow us to purchase meat
Please donate today!

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Postal Workers Lend Hand to HOC

POdrive1 POdrive2Local United States Postal Service employees lent a hand to the Seneca County House of Concern with cartloads of food supplied by their customers. The Post Office sent out a card requesting donations of non-perishable food items to all their customers in the area, and over the past few days have collected the bags customers left by their mailboxes.

The result was several cartloads of urgently needed food for the people of Seneca County. Like all food pantries, the House of Concern has been faced with cuts in funding at the same time as the need for food has been unprecedented.

POdrive3“We have experienced the greatest need this year than we have seen in out entire 45 year history of serving Seneca County,” said House of Concern Executive Director Diane Draheim. “We have had to purchase an unusual amount of food from local stores to keep our shelves stocked, so this generous donation will be a huge help.”


Chamber Food Drive Helps House of Concern


HOC Chamber
Pictured (left to right) Jeff Shipley, Chamber of Commerce; Siearah O’Brien, Front Office Manager of the Hampton Inn; Kristen Bryan, Pantry Manager, SCHOC; Ann Knowland, winner of the overnight stay donated by the Hampton Inn; Dave Saunders, SCHOC Board member.

The Seneca County Chamber of Commerce hosted a canned food drive to benefit the Seneca County House of Concern. The effort was conducted as a joint partnership with the Hampton Inn of Seneca Falls.

HOC loading
Loading the trailer to take the food to the House of Concern.

The food drive kicked-off at the Chamber’s February Business-After-Hours Mixer, hosted by the House of Concern to help raise awareness for the local organization.

For each canned food or non-perishable item that was donated, attendees received a ticket voucher to be entered into a grand prize drawing, including an overnight stay donated by the Hampton Inn. The food drive concluded at the March 19 Business-After-Hours at Blossoms by Cosentino, where Ann Knowland, was announced as winner of the overnight stay.

Detailed Food Pantry needs for the House of Concern can be found on their website, www.houseofconcern.org.

Canning Hunger Ministry Collects 1000 Cans


Canning Hunger
Canning Hunger Campaign netted more than 1000 canned items for the House of Concern Food Pantry.

People helping people – That’s what Finger Lakes Christian Fellowship’s “Canning Hunger” ministry is all about.   Many in our community face hunger every day.  When the leadership at the church recognized the problem of hunger in Seneca County, a team was assembled to meet that need.  The church believes that one way to serve God is to feed the hungry (Matthew 25:35-40).

The team started collecting money and food items from the church congregation.  Then they hosted can drives.  In 2012 the team decided to expand the ministry by knocking on doors in Seneca Falls and asking residents for food donations.  All items and money are given to the Seneca County House of Concern for distribution.  By working in conjunction with the House of Concern the team is able to reach a greater number of people while supporting a wonderful local charity.

Canning Hunger Team Coordinator Jason Martin says that 2013 was a successful year.  Over 1000 items were collected from residents of Leland Drive and the surrounding neighborhood in Seneca Falls.  Generations Bank is sponsoring a small celebration dinner on Saturday at Café XIX to thank those in our community who contributed.

Jason Martin anticipates that 2014 will be even more successful.  Beginning in March, team members will begin knocking on doors in a new neighborhood – College Heights.  They will be seeking food donations on the third Saturday of each month.

To learn more about Canning Hunger or any of Finger Lakes Christian Fellowship’s other community outreach programs, please contact the church at 315.568.5691. 

Food and monetary donations may be sent directly to the House of Concern, 35 State Street, Seneca Falls, NY or by calling 315.568.2433.  

Breakfast with Santa Helps HOC

Breakfast with SantaThe Seneca Falls Fire Department will be holding a Breakfast with Santa Sunday December 15th 2013 from 8-12. They will be collecting canned goods for the House of Concern. Folks who bring a non-perishable item for the Seneca County House of Concern will receive $1 off their breakfast.

The event will take place at the Seneca Falls Vol. Fire Dept station at 2528 Lower Lake Road Seneca Falls, NY 13148. (Just north of the Cayuga Lake State Park and The Deerhead Inn).

$8 – Adults
$7 – Seniors & Students
FREE – Children under 5

For more information, please contact Yogi at mbborys@yahoo.com or 315-651-2657