|MISSION | VISION | CALLING:|
| New Life Emergency Food Cupboard allows us to put our faith into action by feeding our neighbors who live with hunger in the 14607 & 14620 zip codes. |
|WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW?|
As the fall season gets underway, we are gearing up for the holidays. If you want to make donations (of food or money), please use the CONTACT US tab above and work through the church office in arranging those. The need continues to grow.
NEW SPACE IS OPEN AND NEW FOLKS ARE FINDING US!
The pictures are of our new space at Congregation Beth Sholom. The expanded space now allows clients the opportunity to shop for themselves. Also, new next time will be the availability of frozen items, because the apartment has a refrigerator. We are also excited to have a few new clients, and we are partnering more with the Congregation.
Neither COVID-19, Delta nor Omicron kept us from maintaining our regular hours throughout the year, with masks, outdoor service, and a few deliveries. Surprisingly we, again, saw a decrease in numbers served instead of an expected increase in numbers until December when it picked up. Congregation Beth Sholom continued to graciously host the New Life Food Cupboard 26 times in 2021 and provided storage for our food in between open dates.
In 2021, we served 34 different people including 9 children and 6 seniors. We assembled a 3-day supply of dry goods for each of the 17 households each visit. Quantities depend on Foodlink’s household size guide lines. Each household is eligible to come once a month. We averaged 4 visitors and 3 volunteers each time we were open. With repeat visits and 3 meals a day, 3 day supplies, holiday dinner wish list items, this amounted to 1,512 meals provided in 2021.
Our food comes from three main sources: our Foodlink membership (which includes food covered by USDA grants, NYS HPNAP grants, federal stimulus funds, and the United Way), from our New Life Food Cupboard Fund, and from our generous members and friends of South Presbyterian Church. Many thanks to our Deacons for rounding up more supplies this holiday season. We welcome non-perishable donations from other sources, as well.
The New Life Food Cupboard is open year-round with the schedule above. If you would like to volunteer or make a contribution to support our work, you may either CONTACT or DONATE on the tabs above.