Hearts Harvest Food Pantry
Hearts Harvest Food Pantry allows us to continue to serve the community by creating a campus for Hearts for the Homeless®. Located at 870 Tonawanda Street, the food pantry is adjacent to our current property from which we’ve served the Riverside Community for over 20 years.
The expansion of our ministry center allows us to become a ministry campus enabling us to reach deeper into the community and follow the directive in Isaiah 58:7, “to share our resources and shelter and not turn away…”
According to the census data, more than 1,000 households in this area are NOT receiving services or are traveling significant distances to receive help elsewhere. Hearts hopes to change that. The goal of the food pantry is to expand the number of people we are able to serve in the area. Currently, our Mobile Soup Kitchen feeds meals to as many poor and homeless people that we can; in our local community, we have seen that many families and individuals still struggle to purchase groceries; and, the goal of our food pantry is to reach these families, expanding the number of people we are able to serve in the Blackrock/Riverside area.
The food pantry offers a program like no other utilizing a “client choice” distribution so families can choose the food that personally suits their family’s needs. With the help of Feedmore WNY’s Food Bank program, we offer the traditional items you may find at a soup kitchen while also making fresh foods available with the support from local vendors and farms.
Feedmore WNY’s Food Bank program procures and distributes nutritious food to community members in Western New York. With available funding through the Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program (HPNAP), the Food Bank donated $19,017.50 in Seed Grant funds.
M & T Bank supplied Hearts with $15,000 in grant funds over the course of 3 years. M&T Bank’s Charitable Foundation works in partnership with local organizations to support healthy communities.
Frank’s Basement Systems donated time and materials valued at over $14,000 to assist in the completion of this project. Their contribution will impact the community for years to come by providing clean and dry storage space for the food pantry.
The Chapel awarded Hearts with $10,000 of funds for the project. The Chapel’s mission is to ensure all members of the community have repeated opportunities to see and hear the gospel of Jesus Christ.
As the construction company to see the Hearts Harvest Pantry & Cafe through, Lamparelli Construction Company is an honorary sponsor. Lamparelli is experienced in building and renovation of restaurants, housing, retail stores, churches, distribution facilities, and more. They also have a hand in many community projects around Western New York.