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Springville Food pantry is ready to serve!

For nearly 30 years, the Springville - Concord Community Food Pantry has served the needs of area residents and continues to do so at Barnstead Drive and West Main Street (Route 39) right next door to Boundyís Nascar Museum and our local Burger King restaurant. The location has changed once or twice over those many years and so have the faces of the folks involved but the mission remains the same: meeting the needs of our neighbors who need a helping hand in difficult times.

People in need of food are encouraged to call the office of Love INC at 592-3761. They will contact the pantry volunteer on call to make arrangements for a food pack pickup. If the office is closed, please leave a message and someone will respond as soon as possible.

The food pantry is staffed by volunteers every Tuesday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. to serve walk-in clients. You can phone the pantry during those hours, at 592-7414, with any questions. All income-eligible residents of the Springville-GI School District are served. Anyone interested in becoming a part of the volunteer staff is urged to contact the acting president, Lillian Case, at 592-9208.

The communityís help is needed in a very big way to keep the shelves stocked. Non-perishable food items are always needed, especially cereals, pasta, peanut butter and jelly, fruit juices (except grapefruit), canned fruits and vegetables, just to name a few. Donations of grocery gift cards or checks can be mailed to Concord Food Pantry at P.O. Box 574, Springville, N.Y. 14141 and are tax-deductible and receipted. Service groups or individuals interested in holding a fundraiser for the pantry are asked to give Lillian a call.

The fact that this little gem of a food pantry has continued its effort to serve this area for so many years is a true testament to the good character of the people in the community who are willing to give something of themselves - whether itís time, money or perhaps some groceries - to help where itís needed. Sort of puts a smile on your heart, doesnít it?

MaryLou Dallas

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