The Ellicottville Food Pantry needs constant contributions of food and money to continue serving those in our area who cannot afford to buy enough food for their family.

Thursday, Nov. 21, marks the fifth year that Bob McCarthy’s John Deere tractor and trailer will be parked outside the Gin Mill to collect donations of food for the pantry. Beginning around 9 a.m. until about 6:45 p.m., McCarthy will entertain passersby with Irish music and stories galore. As vehicles pull alongside, he will gladly assist them in transferring donations to the trailer.

“I do it right about now because it’s getting close to Thanksgiving. Because of that one event, there has been such an awareness of the food pantry. People are in need,” said McCarthy. 

McCarthy loves Ellicottville and does just about anything to help people.

“The idea is that if it’s only a can of soup, that’s a can of soup the food pantry didn’t have the day before,” said McCarthy.

The Ellicottville Food Pantry serves Otto, East Otto, Great Valley, Ellicottville and West Valley and accepts donations all year. To find out the best time to drop off donations, call (716) 699-4003. You can also send a check made out to Ellicottville Public Charities and send it to P.O. Box 1387, Ellicottville, NY 14731-1387.