The Seneca Falls American Legion, Post 366 is holding their Annual Feed the Future drive, specifically to help provide non-perishable breakfast foods for the House of Concern Food Pantry. The Legion Hall, at 48 State Street is directly across the street from the House of Concern, and will receive donations through June 14th.
With the school year ending soon, many families will be without the supplemental meals provided for free or reduced prices through programs offered by the schools. This puts an additional burden on families with school age children.
As an incentive to participate in the program, for every item donated, the donor will receive an entry into a drawing to win gift certificates provided by local businesses.
Examples of the types of foods the Legion is looking for include cereals, juice boxes, oatmeal, pop tarts, cereal bars, instant breakfast, and peanut butter. For more information about this campaign, contact Julie Scott at 315-604-1396, or the legion at 315-568-8091.
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.
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 @
THE SENECA FALLS AMERICAN LEGION
48 State Street
Seneca Falls. Please 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…
Faced with a 15% cut in funding already in place, and a pending further cut of $4 billion annually, local food pantries and Foodlink, a Rochester based Food Hub that supplies 4 million pounds of food to hungry people in 10 counties were already deeply concerned about being able to provide the basic food needs of people.
The shutdown of the government has multiplied that concern. The shutdown has already cut off the flow of food to Rochester Foodlink, which supplies local food pantries. The government funding is about a quarter of Foodlink’s total budget. If the government shutdown continues, several federally funded nutritional programs will be out of money by the end of the month.
Foodlink has told the food pantries it supplies they may need to ration supplies until the government reopens. “In the face of an increase in demand, coupled with a shrinking food supply, there is absolutely no way we’d be able to meet the need,” said Jeanette Batiste, Foodlink’s chief operating officer.
At the same time two other factors are ominous for the local food supply. First, the numbers of people coming to local pantries is at an all time high, up more than 25% in just the last quarter. Second, current cuts in SNAP will mean $11/month cut in food subsidies.
The cuts effect the most vulnerable people, with single parents, the elderly, the disabled and children receive the bulk of the food from local pantries. Many of the folks receiving food are working part-time jobs with no benefits, many of which pay near minimum wage.
Area food pantries and thrift stores are delighted to receive good, usable household goods. The donations of such items not only help the consumers who cannot afford to pay full retail, but the income from the sale of these items helps pay for the heat and lights and often leaves some funds left over to purchase much needed food.
But using the drop-off points as an alternative to taking unusable items to the landfill only creates headaches for the agencies. Places like the Seneca Falls House of Concern have limited employees and volunteers, and having them spend time and gas money to haul unusable items away puts a strain on the agency’s resources. In addition, although many service agencies have bins or a shed where donors can leave items protected from the elements, many donors simply leave their items outside on the sidewalk where they can be damaged by weather.
Here are some tips for making donations:
1. Bring your donated items during regular hours when the agency is open if at all possible.
2. If you have large items, call ahead.
3. Only bring any items that are not broken, damaged or otherwise unusable.
4. Do not bring non-working electronic devices of any kind.
5. Put items inside the bin or storage shed.
6. If you think it might be trash, it probably is trash. Take it to the dump.
Disclosure: Seneca Daily News Publisher Stephen Beals serves on the Board of the Seneca County House of Concern.
Last month the House of Concern Food Pantry in Seneca Falls set the kind of record they don’t like to see: they singed up a record number of new families at 41.
In addition to the need for food donations to restock the shelves, the Ad Hoc Development Committee of the House of Concern has been busy coming up with fund-raising opportunities to help bring in much needed cash to buy food to supplement what is donated. There will be a motorcycle rally this Saturday beginning at 11am at People’s Park, followed by a Chicken BBQ at Dewey’s Party House on Auburn Road beginning at 4:30. Tickets for each event are $10. Cyclists can register beginning at 10am in People’s Park along the Canal in downtown Seneca Falls. Car drivers are also welcome to participate.
Diane Draheim and Jim Snow talked on Tuesday morning with Jim Schreck on WNYR 98.5 about the House of Concern and the upcoming Motorcycle Rally and Chicken BBQ this Saturday and other matters.
The House of Concern will also be holding a Car Wash Fund-raiser at the Five Star Bank at the corner of 414 and 5&20 on Saturday the 16th. Volunteers from the Seneca Falls United Methodist Church will be providing the elbow grease.
There is now a Donate Now button on our web site. The button provides a convenient and secure way to donate to the Seneca County House of Concern. We have carefully considered the best way to make use of the Internet and social media to help us with our mission of meeting the food needs of our community and have partnered with Donate Now to provide this service. The company is specifically set up to handle any size donation for not-for-profit organizations and charge a very minimal fee for setting up a secure, safe way to make an on-line donation. It is a much more cost-effective way of making donations because it saves us the postage and printing costs associated with our usual fund-raising methods. It also allows donors to enter any information about dedicating their gifts in memory of a loved one and can create a snail mail or email acknowledgement for your gift. It also allows you to make your gift anonymously.
We hope our donors will be happy with this solution, and we look forward to continuing to meet the needs of our community in the most efficient and responsible manner possible. Thanks to all who contribute som much in time and financial resources to help in this important effort.