Updates on Center Operations During the Pandemic

Bags of food prepared for distribution to clients

Volunteers are ready to assist clients an assortment of foods they can select from

Important Messages!!

April 13, 2020

Dear Friends:

 

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.

Sincerely,

Cheryl H. Toor, Director

March 16, 2020

It is with an abundance of caution that we have decided to temporarily close only the Thrift Store portion of The Geneva Center of Concern.  With the COVID-19 virus being a serious concern, we need to do our best to protect our vulnerable volunteer population.  We believe that by reducing the foot traffic into our store, we are helping to do our part to reduce the potential virus impact in the Geneva community.  During this time we will not be able to accept donations of clothing and household items.  Please do not bring them to the Center.

However! The Food Pantry will remain open during normal hours (Monday-Friday, 10AM-1PM), and will be ramping up efforts to provide emergency food to neighbors in Geneva in need.  Although our usual pantry service will be changed somewhat, allowing for minimal personal contact, our dedicated volunteers will be on location, bagging food prior to client arrival as requested.  We will be delivering the food to clients at the pantry entry or carry out to your vehicle.

While we currently have a good supply of food in our warehouse, we expect it to go quickly as we enter into the second half of the month when, in normal circumstances, food supplies for families are running low.

We would greatly appreciate donations of non-perishable items, so we can continue to offer quality foods to all who ask for our help.  In addition, if you have free time, we would appreciate new volunteers, as several of our regular people have had to take a break being considered in the high-risk group.

Please see the list below of items most urgently needed during this crisis.

Thank you for your continued support of our efforts and for your understanding with what we think is the best way to handle the current situation we all face.  We hope to re-open the Thrift Store by the first of April;  a decision which will be finalized based on the restrictions placed on us by COVID-19 virus developments.

Sincerely,

Cheryl H. Toor, Director

Geneva Center of Concern, Inc.

Update, March 18, 2020

On March 17th, our pantry served a record number of individuals (101) looking for emergency food assistance, more than half of them being seniors.

As you know, out thrift store’s main purpose is to raise funds to purchase food for our pantry.  With the thrift store currently closed, we are needing to stock much more food than we normally do at this time of year.  That, coupled with schools being closed, the demand on our supplies is increasingly steady.

We would greatly appreciate any and all donations of food.  While our pantry remains open 10-1 weekdays, we are on location from 8-3 each day.  Please call ahead if you would like to donate and we will be happy to accommodate a time that works best.

Thank you all for your continued support!

Cheryl H. Toor, Director

Volunteers ready to deliver food to clients at the Center Food Pantry

Aubrey Ubiles and her Mom bringing birthday bags to the Food Pantry for distribution

Young volunteer Josh, remaining safe and helping in restoration of the Center Thrift Store.  The Thrift store is closed during this period and we have been taking the opportunity to paint and reorganize.

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