The United Church of Ellicottville Food Pantry has been busy preparing for the upcoming holidays. Below are some important dates to mark on your calendars:

Friday, Nov. 15 is last day for Special Thanksgiving Box sign-up. Thanksgiving Box pickup is after worship (all are welcome) on Nov. 24, noon–2 p.m.

Also, Monday, Nov. 25 is Food Express Day.

In addition to pantry’s regular Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables Nutrition class (free gift for attendees), Nicole Meeham, a representative from the Cancer Services Program of Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties, will be at the United Church of Ellicottville Food Pantry on Nov. 25, noon–4 p.m. She will explain FREE materials and information about how to enroll in the Cancer Services Program. This program offers FREE clinical breast exams, mammogram and Pap tests for uninsured women ages 40 and over, and FREE take-home colorectal cancer tests for uninsured men and women ages 50 and over! These tests just might save your life!

The Food Pantry has is also working with a woman from Healthy Community Alliance who is accepting free appointments for people who need help navigating the New York State of Health website. This is available to ANYONE who wants help figuring out the new health care reform options. Contact information is available through the Food Pantry.

The Food Pantry will also be partnering with the Department of Aging again this year. The Food Pantry provides the emergency food boxes to Meals on Wheels clients in the event of a “snow day.” When Ellicottville Central School closes due to weather, Meals on Wheels does not deliver. However, the Food Pantry will assemble a food box for these clients for their cupboard to assure that they have a meal on those days.