“If you are blessed with the comforts of life and feel a need to help others who are less fortunate, this is the time to step forward and support the Seneca County House of Concern’s Need to Feed Challenge ” says Olan Mack, Executive Director. Once a year a generous group of sponsors agree to set up a challenge fund to be matched by individual donations.
Who needs your help? According to a survey by Feeding America, approximately 11.3 % or 4,060 residents in Seneca County struggle 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.
No child should go to bed hungry; no family should face the choice between paying the utility bill and putting food on the table.
For the past three years, the Seneca County House of Concern’s Need to Feed challenge has been an important element in keeping their food pantry stocked to help those with food insecurity in our local communities as well as bring awareness to the needs of our neighbors in Seneca County. The organization now serves an average of 456 households, or 1,207 individuals each month.
Trinity Episcopal Church in Seneca Falls helped kick off the challenge again this year with a check for $3,500.00.
The church is joining with other local businesses, service organizations and churches to build the challenge fund, including the Lyons National Bank, United Methodist Church of Waterloo, United Methodist Church of Seneca Falls, The First Presbyterian Church of Seneca Falls and the Maurice S. and Florence M. Hayssen Foundation.
“There is still time for sponsors to join the campaign,” says committee chair, Larry Driscoll. “You are only obligated for the amount you specify. We are currently at $10,000 with a goal of $14,000. Once the fund reaches $14,000 we will reach out to the community through a mailing to match the sponsor donations. Every donation of food (at $1 per can) or money received will be counted towards our total. “
More information and the status of the challenge fund can be found at the houseofconcern.org 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 houseofconcern.org. Please specify Need to Feed.
If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Olan Mack at 315-568-2433 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seneca County House of Concern – Feeding minds with knowledge, stomachs with food and hearts with hope.