BROCTON - The Tri-Church Parish community is giving back to the community that has given them so much.
The Brocton-Portland Food Pantry received a generous donation from the Tri-Church Parish congregation, offering them $250 so they can get $1,700 worth of food from the Buffalo Food Bank for their community.
After losing their home in a November blaze and finding refuge at St. Dominic's, church officials feel the need to keep up with traditions.
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The Brocton-Portland Food Pantry on Route 20 in the town of Westfield serves the Brocton-Portland community.
"It is very impressive how the Tri-Church Parish continues to reach out to the community," said Brocton-Portland Food Pantry Treasurer Gary Henry Sr.
"It is a time they need help and they are offering help to others," he said. "Some of the churchgoers know of people in the community that need help."
Henry said "people are hungry" and this donation has helped immensely.
Only people who live in the Brocton or Portland communities can receive help from the pantry.
"We need proof of address and once a year, we ask for info on income," Henry said. "We have had a record number of people this year, because the economy is so bad."
The Brocton-Portland Food Pantry is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m. and the community can receive anything from bread, fresh produce and meat, to dairy products at the pantry. People with low incomes or are unemployed can get help from the pantry.
We were surprised to get help from them after all the struggles they have had," Henry said.
Tri-Church Parish Secretary Susan Hardy said they have done this every year and decided to keep doing it.
"If you are out of work or stretching for cash, you can get a lot of food there," she said. "I have three neighbors who use the pantry."
Hardy said "we got hurting people" and "people are hungry," which is why the church community felt the need to raise money for the pantry.
"We chose to take the gifts and donations from other churches and give it back to the community as a thank you," she said.
Hardy said she still remembers how impressive the Tri-Church Parish used to be.
"It was a pretty impressive brick building that sat upon a hill, " she said. "It was the only local church that never locked its doors; people always had access to a cup of water or the bathroom."