Dear Oswego neighbors,
The news is Halloween scary: high rates of unemployment, more people needing SNAP (food stamps), and cuts in funding emergency food and heat for Oswego County. Could the news get any worse? Probably. Yet, there are good reports as well.
Although the number of families we serve has risen 7 % in 2011, Human Concerns, Inc., an emergency food pantry, has been able to meet the needs of those impoverished in the Oswego City School District. We have been able to feed all those who have asked for help because of the generosity of the Oswego community. Human Concerns is instrumental in helping our neighbors because businesses, civic organizations, and youth organizations, local food stores as well as home improvement stores, churches, the U.S. Postal Service, law enforcement, firemen, local farmers and individuals continually support us.
Without the unstinting patronage of the community in the form of money and non-perishable foods as well as fresh produce, we would not exist, and we certainly would not be able to meet the necessity of providing food to our neighbors who need our support.
Not only does Human Concerns provide a three-day supply of food to families every thirty days when they are in need, but we also supply full Thanksgiving dinners to all families in the Oswego City School District who cannot afford them. In 2010, we were able to give out 250 Thanksgiving dinners. This year, we expect to dispense just as many dinners and most likely, more. Again, we can only continue this service with help from all who can afford to assist us.
This is our request. Please keep on giving throughout the year. The need is always there. In particular, though, we would like your help for “Let’s Make a Difference Day”, October 22.
From October 17 through Saturday, we would like to invite our neighbors to drop off non-perishable foods at the Human Concerns Center located at 85 E. Fourth St., Oswego.
You can deliver your donations between the hours of noon and 3 p.m.
You may bring any non-perishable items but here are some suggestions: canned fruits and vegetables, Jell-O and pie fillings, margarine or butter (we have freezers), fruit juices, and canned and boxed potatoes. Our clients also need hygiene products such as shampoo, deodorant, razors and laundry detergent.
If you could deliver any of these items, it would make a difference; you would make a difference in someone else’s life. If it is not possible for you to transport items, feel free to send a check made out to Human Concerns, Inc. We will use the money to buy food from the Food Bank of Central NY.
The Human Concerns Center, an all-volunteer operation, is entering its 27th year. There is a reason for our longevity and that reason is you. Please continue to help us in our quest to make sure that no one goes hungry.
Deborah Deeb, Director of Human Concerns, Inc.