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Food pantry marks quarter-century of service

June 2, 2008
SILVER CREEK — This year the Silver Creek Food Pantry celebrated 25 years in the business of helping those in need.

Established in 1983, the Silver Creek Food Pantry has spent each of those years serving area residents through local volunteerism, charitable donations and government assistance. Now, in 2008, the food pantry serves about 150 families throughout the town of Hanover each month, providing them with the necessary nutrition for survival.

“We’ve sustained eating for numerous families ... and if it wasn’t for us they would go hungry, so it’s vital to the community,” Executive Director Colleen McKenna said. “If it wasn’t for us there would be a lot of hungry families, especially children.”

Run strictly by unpaid volunteers since the beginning, the Silver Creek Food Pantry is a non-profit organization, supported by donations from the surrounding community and aid received through governmental assistance programs.

Some of the current volunteers have been with the Silver Creek Food Pantry from the start, McKenna said, donating their time and efforts over the years.

The food pantry provides three days worth of food — breakfast, lunch and dinner — for families who meet the income guidelines and are eligible for aid. However, McKenna explained income records can often be a poor indicator of eligibility since an individual could have lost a job recently or have excessive medical or housing expenses.

“It’s available to anyone in need,” she said. “If there’s a need for it, they can come the first time and then after that we base it on income. But that’s, again, only a guideline ... Basically if you’re there, we’re there to serve you.”

Families can receive a three-day supply of food every 30 days, McKenna said, and more if it’s an emergency — a frequent hardship eased by the food pantry.

The Silver Creek Food Pantry, located behind the Creation Station and VFW in the village of Silver Creek, is open every Friday from 10 a.m. to noon and every third Friday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

After 25 years of faithful, charitable service to the town of Hanover and residents in need, the food pantry continues to uplift and improve the surrounding community one bag of groceries at a time, and will hopefully continue to do so for another quarter century.

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