The West Seneca Community Food Pantry is an independent organization, operating on St. David’s property. The Pantry was offered the use of St. David’s Parish House in 2009 when it was looking for a new home. This location turned out to be too small and in 2012 the Pantry expanded with an addition to the Parish House which also provided handicapped access. The addition was funded with contributions from individuals and local churches and businesses. A number of volunteers provided valuable assistance in the construction.
The Pantry is supported by community donations, grants from New York State, the Oishei Foundation, the Evans Devereux Foundation and purchases from the Food Bank. Food products are also provided from churches, civic organizations, businesses and school children’s food drives. Fresh produce and meat are purchased at The Market in The Square at discounted prices.
The Pantry is operated under the direction of Mary Lou Dietrich and her dedicated staff of volunteers. It offers free food to qualified West Seneca residents, including people who attend West Seneca schools and churches.
Operating hours are 9:30 am to approximately 12:30 pm on the first four Tuesdays of each month and by appointment for emergencies for registered clients.
Nutrition classes, by a registered nutritionist, are also provided through the Food Bank, offering recipes, advice and assistance to attendees.
The Pantry has assisted St. David’s at times with support in the maintenance of the church property.
Information can be obtained by calling Mary Lou at 716-823-8376.