A new food pantry is coming to Fredonia.
On Saturday, July 19, the Fredonia Presbyterian Church will open the Fredonia Food Pantry to serve the residents of Fredonia and area communities. The pantry will be open from 10 a.m. to noon on the third Saturday of every month.
As part of Fredonia Presbyterian's Food Justice Program, the congregation has created an informal partnership with the Rural Ministry of Chautauqua County.
Pictured are Kathleen Peterson, Director of the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry (center), and Carrie and Charles Divine of Fredonia Presbyterian Church.
The intent is to provide easier access to food for those in our community that may need assistance in what are, for too many, challenging times.
Fifteen to 20 percent of Rural Ministry's services are already directed to residents of Fredonia. Twenty-five percent of children in the Fredonia Central Schools are eligible for the free or reduced cost meal plan. The need is real and Fredonia Presbyterian wants to help.
Rural Ministry Director Kathleen Peterson says that the board is excited about this partnership and looks forward to working with the FPC (Fredonia Presbyterian Church) on this project. They will be providing the non-perishable food which will be distributed from the pantry.
It was important to FPC to work with Rural Ministry to ensure that there is no duplication of effort and the community can be served in the most effective way possible.
Fredonia Presbyterian feels that the village of Fredonia is a wonderful community in which to live and serve. As Cynthia Wickwire Lundquist, the pastor of Fredonia Presbyterian Church, explains, "We feel blessed to live in such a community and wish to share the blessings we have received by serving those of our neighbors who are most in need."