Seneca Falls Legion Holds Feed the Future Drive

Food Pantry DonationsThe 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.

American Legion LogoAs 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.


Food Drive in Seneca Falls April 18th, 2015

Food Drive
Michael Martin, a Canning Hunger ministry volunteer, donates food collected for the Seneca County House of Concern

Volunteers from Finger Lakes Christian Fellowship will be collecting food as part of its Canning Hunger ministry from residents of the Ken-Mor Estates neighborhood in Seneca Falls on Saturday, April 18th.  The food collected will be given to the Seneca County House of Concern for distribution.

Residents interested in participating in the food drive are encouraged to gather shelf-stable foods such as canned soups, canned fruits and vegetables, pasta, cereals, and boxed meals from their pantries.  Volunteers will go door-to-door to collect the food donations.

Volunteers will return to the Ken-Mor Estates neighborhood on the third Saturday of each month to collect food for six month.  Those interested in donating food on a regular basis can sign up with the person collecting or may call the Canning Hunger ministry leader, Jason Martin at 315.283.0060.

Jason Martin says of the ministry, “It is a blessing participating with folks from our community to meet the needs of those in our community.  Jesus said in Matthew 25:40 that when we give to the hungry, we give to Him.”

To learn more about Finger Lakes Christian Fellowship’s community outreach programs, please call the church at 315.568.5691 or visit their website at

2015 Mobile Food Pantry Dates Set

Foodlink Mobile Food PantryThe dates for the Foodlink Mobile Food Pantry at the Seneca County House of Concern have been set for 2015 with the first scheduled for Wednesday, January 21. Although the times for the deliveries are never certain, Foodlink tries to have their trucks arrive by 3pm on the days of the mobile pantries.

The House of Concern plans to continue hosting the Mobile Pantry once a month in 2015 as well. It has been very successful in the past, and is a wonderful opportunity for people to get a little more food besides their monthly basket. Although the food available varies with each delivery, the truck usually brings fruits and vegetables, dairy products like yogurt and cheese, and bread products, as well as some meats on occasion. Sometimes some other goodies are available, too.

The Mobile Pantry is a project of Food Link. Volunteers are always needed to help distribute the food. If you are interested in helping, please call 568-2433.

The dates for the Mobile Pantry for the rest of 2015 are as follows:
Feb 18th
March 18th
April 22nd
May 20th
June 17th
July 15th
August 5th
September 23rd
October 21st
November 10th
December 15th

***All mobile pantry visits this year are from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. *** 


Legion Food Drive helps Stock Shelves

Kasey CansThe Kirk Casey American Legion Post 366, recently held a very successful and much needed food drive for the Seneca County House of Concern. Dubbed the the “Cans for the Commander” soup drive, the drive collected primarily cans of soup to help keep the shelves stocked. Soup is especially needed as cooler weather sets in and folks need some internal warmth.

Individuals interested in conducting food drives are encouraged to contact HOC Executive Director Rose Rathbone at 315-568-2433.

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

2. E-mailing

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.

Doug’s Fish Fry Supports House of Concern

Dougs Fish FryDoug’s Fish Fry will be at the Five StarBank at the intersection of Rt 5&20 and Rt 414 on Monday June 23rd from 11am-6pm. They will have a large selection of seafood dinners available and a percentage of all sales will go to support the Seneca County House of Concern.

Dougs Fish Fry So far this year, Doug’s ToGo! has contributed $84,625.00 to the local community. On Tues at June 24th They will be at the Trumansburg Fairgrounds, 2150 Trumansburg Rd. to support Trumansburg Football

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 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.”


Notes from the Director

Diane Draheim
Diane Draheim, Executive Director

Our first big event of Spring was the Second Annual traveling little Black Dress Fashion show, March 28 and 29 at The Gould Hotel. The House of Concern garnered more than $12,000 during the two days and dozens of sponsors and volunteers helped make it a truly outstanding event. The committee is already working on next year’s extravaganza. All profits go towards running the food pantry. You can make a difference and have lots of fun all at the same time. 

Later in this year we will be having a Mystery Dinner theater. Doug’s Fish Fry will be bringing their truck out and some of the proceeds will go to HOC. There is a Dinner Dance being planned, and many other fun events are being bounced around. So make sure you check our website and read the newsletter so you don’t miss a thing.

The New Beginnings Boutique has lots of great new fashions and Lynne has been busy getting ready for Spring so make sure you visit us at 103Fall Street. Store Hours are Wednesday 10-5,
Thursday and Friday 11-6 and Saturday 11-4.

Our State Street Store is also thinking Spring and getting out our Easter and St. Patrick’s Day items so you will want to see what we have there. Great buys and very cool stuff, and of course you are supporting the food pantry with everything that you purchase. So that is a win for everyone!

All of these events and everything that we do at the stores are all in order to meet our mission of helping our neighbors who are in need. Still it would not be enough if we did not have the amazing community support that we have been blessed to receive over the years. During the recent Holiday Season I was once again so touched with the immense giving spirit that surrounds us. I thank you all for all you do~

Have a great Spring, I hope to see you all at The Traveling Little Black Dress fashion Show!