Dear Editor,

It is truly a giving community in which we live. Its generosity proves abundant during the holiday season. One behalf of the clients of the United Church of Ellicottville Community Food Pantry, I’d like to thank everyone who made the Thanksgiving Turkey Box project a huge success.

This year we partnered with the Ellicottville Rotary to distribute food to the “Food Insecure.”  Food drives by the Boy Scout’s Troop 652 and Bob McCarthy’s annual drive on Jefferson Street produced about 1,000 pounds of food for our pantry. Additionally, financial contributions from West Valley Demo project and Spring creek Pharmacy in Springville also enabled us to purchase turkeys. A big “thank you” to Craig “Bo Jangles” from Tops Market in Arcade who contacted us to donate even more turkeys.

It is apparent that while we are a small community, we serve a large demographic and our support is also wide spread. It is comforting to know that we have helped residents of our community as well as those in surrounding towns and villages. We are doing big things with the help of many! THANK YOU SO MUCH from the bottom of my heart and the pit of many stomachs. 🙂

Volunteers certainly make our efforts possible. I’d like to personally thank Doug Teak and Emily Timken, who helped our church members and regular volunteers with the distribution process. If you have a bit of time to spare and are interested in helping with any of our projects, please call the pantry at (716) 699-4003 and leave your contact information! Thanks again!

Oh, and as a side note, here are a few hints about donating food to the pantry. We are always in need of proteins such as canned meat (tuna, chicken, ham). Fruits are also a fast mover. Staples such as flour, sugar, salt, pepper are also helpful. Always donate items with a good expiration date (if you wouldn’t eat it, don’t expect others to do so). While some items are good well past their expiration, our guidelines prohibit us from distributing expired items. Think healthy — not inexpensive — again donate items that you would be happy to ingest! Thanks again!!