First Fruits Food Pantry Offers Free Food Giveaway Every Tuesday and Saturday at Lincoln Memorial

The First Fruits Food Pantry/Market at Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church, 641 Masten,   relaunched last Saturday with more space, larger  freezer capacity, and additional healthy food options  free to the community every Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

“Food insecurity has become a national issue,” said pantry coordinator Rita Hubbard-Robinson of the Buffalo Center for Health Equity. She was speaking  on  Power 96.5 WUFO’s Buffalo on Fire  talk show   which aired live  from the  Pantry last Saturday.

 “There are 54 million people   in this country who are food insecure,” she noted. “We want to  make sure we are prepared for what’s  coming this winter…

Well stocked,  First Fruits offers “shoppers” an excellent choice of life sustaining   fresh  foods and  dry goods residents need and want. There are no forms to fill out, no proof of income or residency etc. Just the blessing of good food!

It’s all to meet the larger need in the community due to the pandemic and  organizers say they want it to become a staple for residents.

“It’s all about keeping people healthy.”

In addition to the well stocked  Food Pantry, the Lincoln Clothes Closet is also available. Both are community based and led.

“There are people in our community  who are hungry…whose cupboards are literally bare,” said Lincoln Memorial pastor  George Nicholas “and its up to us,  the people of God to come and fill  in the gaps to make sure people are taken care of.

We’re excited…this is the role of the church – what God has ordained – to help the least and the lost. We have a serious problem here in WNY – and we’re doing our best to serve the needs of God’s people…

“Our real true purpose is to not only just receive blessings  from God but to be a blessing of God to others , then there will be great transformation and a great revival  in our  community. We have to liberate ourselves  from a selfish individualistic self-centered theology where its all about us – about what God is going to do for you instead of what God is trying to do through you!