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!
THE FOOD PANTRY IS OPEN!