The Geneva Center of Concern
April 13, 2020
A HEARTFELT THANK YOU ALL for your generous outpouring of support the past few weeks! At a time when people are living behind closed doors, we get continuous calls with offers of food, funds and volunteer support.
This past month our pantry served 324 families, an increase of more than 75 families from the previous month. Typically, the months of February and March are slower for our pantry, as our consumers have a little extra money with income tax funds. If we can put a “positive spin” on this health situation, it’s that it came at a time when people had extra funds to stock food ahead of the crisis.
With your help, our pantry remains open on our regular schedule, our shelves get replenished regularly and our volunteers continue to serve with smiles.
While we’ve had to change our system of serving our customers, all are treated with respect and no one is turned away. Packing bags full of staples, adding meat and dairy, bread and desserts, we’ve helped many people feel a little more at ease with the current situation. Being able to add in the fresh meal items from our neighbors at Real Eats, is an added bonus.
If you have questions about our operations or know of someone in need, please call us at 315-789-1117. While we cannot offer hugs at this time, we continue to offer love and hope through our pantry, thanks to you.
Cheryl H. Toor, Director
For more information on items that the Center has urgent need of and how we are responding to the coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic, please check out the topics under the Current News tab on this website.
Since its beginning in 1972, the Geneva Center of Concern has provided assistance to individuals, households, and families in and around the city of Geneva, New York who have fallen upon hard times with no place else to turn. The Center acts as a safety net, a sympathetic ear, and provides a helping hand, to address critical human needs, shore up the spirits, bolster the hopes, and affirm dignity and a sense of worth for the people it serves. Food, clothing, social service referrals, and many other resources are provided to support people through difficult times and help them to improve their lives.
The Geneva Center of Concern serves those in need throughout the year in numerous ways. Primary programs that are organized and overseen by the Director and Assistant to the Director together with assistance from many exceptional volunteers include:
- A Food Pantry that provides food on a scheduled basis to needy individuals and families. Sources of food include federal programs such as Food Link and numerous donations from local farms, food companies, local citizens and grocery stores. In 2019 the Pantry distributed food to 3,126 families representing 8765 individuals, thereby providing enough for 78,885 meals.
- A Thrift Store stocked with clothing and household items that are sold at very low prices. Individuals and families facing severe hardship receive clothing and other household necessities without charge. In 2019, 179 Thrift Store vouchers (totaling $3,228 worth of merchandise) were provided to needy individuals with emergency needs. Income earned from the Store helps to purchase food for the Pantry and to cover other operational costs of the Center.
- Emergency assistance of various forms was provided to 378 individuals in 2019.
- Annually, Operation Merry Christmas, provides families with gifts for children and food to prepare a Holiday meal. In 2019, 734 individuals received food and gifts for family members ranging from infant to age 18.
- A scholarship program for needy local high school students. This program continues to grow; currently three $1000 scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis annually .
58 Avenue D
Geneva, NY 14456
THRIFT STORE HOURS
Monday ..... 10AM–3PM
Tuesday ..... 10AM–3PM
Wednesday ..... 10AM–3PM
Thursday ..... 10AM–3PM
Friday ..... 10AM–3PM
Saturday ..... 10AM–12:30PM
Sunday ..... Closed
FOOD PANTRY HOURS