Tonawanda News — Bonnie Shaffer, coordinator of the food pantry, said that remaining under the umbrella of TCCO is important for the organization.
“If we had to move, we wouldn’t be able to be together, and that would make it a difficult situation,” she said of the pantry’s clients, who don’t always have reliable transportation. “I’m just very supportive and appreciative of what TCCO has done for us.”
Pam Hill, head cook for NT Meals on Wheels, said that before the move to the Ridge Road building, each group was in a different location, often in a situation where it was a tight squeeze.
“Now this is one-stop shopping for people,” she said. “They give us the opportunity for this whole new kitchen ... They gave us a home.”
Once the roof is replaced, Lureman’s hopes for TCCO’s future include a back-up generator, the better to avoid the catastrophe of the 2006 October storm, when Meals on Wheels and the food pantry lost thousands of dollars worth food during the power outage.
“Most people know of somebody” who has been helped by the outreach groups, he said. “That’s why we’re hoping by reaching out to the community, people will remember that.”TO HELP • Donations can be sent to Twin Cities Community Outreach Inc., 100 Ridge Road, North Tonawanda NY 14120. • For more information, call Greg Lureman at 695-7718 or email email@example.com.