Help Support Our New Senior Food Pantry in Waverly, NY!

For: Seniors in Tioga County
Waverly, NY
Organizer: The Red Door & The Tioga County Open Door Mission
$245
of $10,000 goal.
Raised by 3 donors
2% Complete

The Story

The Red Door, a satellite location of the Tioga County Open Door Mission which opened in 2012, is continuing the good work and long-standing tradition of the Open Door Mission.  The Tioga County Open Door Mission, a faith-based 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, has been devoted to serving our community through our food pantries, homeless shelter, and outreach programs since 1968.  In order to expand our reach in the Waverly community, we are once again taking on a new project that will enable us to provide seniors in need with food and outreach services with the opening of our new Senior Food Pantry.

Our organization has been operating a mobile food giveaway on the streets of Waverly, NY for three years but this posed challenges, due to the potential for inclement weather, limited street parking, and restrictions on food options because of the need for refrigeration.  There is an abundance of need in our community and this makes for long lines.  We immediately noticed that many of the visitors to our mobile food pantries were seniors and they are not able or willing to stand in line for long periods of time in the heat of the summer months or cold of the winter. 

We are thrilled to have been offered space for a new Senior Food Pantry by a dedicated community member and long time business owner.  The development of this new brick and mortar space centrally located in the community, just behind the Red Door location, is essential to our ability to better serve the community.  More importantly, this new Senior Food Pantry will be within walking distance of two senior low-income housing facilities.  In conjunction with another local non-profit, Project GROW, we will continue to make nutritional needs a priority, offering fresh produce when available.  We will expand our home delivery services to seniors who are not able to visit our pantry location.  In addition to food, we will offer outreach services, as funding is available, providing financial assistance for housing, utilities, transportation, medical and prescription costs, and furniture and household items. 

Ensuring our long term commitment to the senior community in our neighborhood, we have continued moving forward completing the needed improvements to open the doors by our goal, Summer 2015.  The costs to open the new Senior Food Pantry in Waverly have NOT been fully funded by our fundraising efforts.  We are still in need of additional shelving, food to stock the shelves, and funds for weekly paid staff.  We are hoping to raise $10,000 by the end of 2015.

Feel free to explore more about our good works in the local community at www.tiogacountymission.com.

We welcome your support in our efforts to create a hunger-free community by taking unneeded stress out of the lives of our senior neighbors, easing anxieties and providing some relief from not knowing where the next meal will come from.  We believe that life is better lived without these worries!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 14, 2015

Posted on August 14, 2015

We have been busy little bees working on our new Senior Food Pantry in Waverly!  We have transformed the space building walls to separate spaces and adding doors.  We have heat to stay open all winter long and shelves with some food.  We have been fortunate that our generous local community has had an outpouring of support.  Unfortunately it has not matched the cost of the upgrades to open the doors.  We still need funds to purchase food to fill the shelves and help out our Senior neighbors in need! 

Posted on May 29, 2015

Posted on May 29, 2015

Are you fired up about helping your community?

Come join us tomorrow, Saturday, May 30th at 3:00pm for our 1st Annual Ghost Pepper Pizza Challenge at the Rail House Restaurant and Tap Room on Broad St. In Waverly, NY.  

We have twelve official contestants ready to take on the challenge of facing down the Bhut Jolokia Ghost Pepper, one of the world's hottest peppers, which will be added to a 9" pizza pie. The first to finish the pizza pie will win the grand prize!  Attendees can expect a whole lot of fun along with 50/50 drawings and a basket raffle.  We encourage attendees to pick a favorite contestant and show your support!  All proceeds will benefit the new Senior Food Pantry in Waverly, NY!  

Thank you for showing your support!  

Please visit our website at tiogacountymission.com or call or visit us at our Waverly location, The Red Door Thrift Store and Community Center at 359 Broad Street in Waverly (607)249-6062 or The Tioga County Open Door Mission at 425 North Avenue in Owego, NY (607)687-1121.

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