Founded 20 years ago by the Women Religious Congregations of Western New York, Gerard Place, in response to the long-term effects of the pandemic, has opened a new permanent food pantry in the Bailey-Delevan neighborhood to meet the nutritional needs of people who reside in what is classified as a food desert. Gerard Place also partners with FeedMore for a monthly Food Express delivery and with Friends of the Night People to offer this very poor community a meal program (now take-out due to pandemic) twice per week. The increased need for the take-out meal program highlighted a critical need for food and other basic supplies for the families of this neighborhood.
The Food Pantry is located on the Gerard Place campus in the Education Building. Hours run in conjunction with the take-out meal program which are Monday and Wednesday from 4-6 pm. The food pantry is also open Friday mornings.
The James H. Cummings Foundation, which is committed to meeting the needs of vulnerable children and adults in WNY, provided support for the extensive renovations needed to create an accessible food pantry for the community.
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