Geneva area families can help stretch food budgets as the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva and Food Link of Rochester conduct another monthly food distribution Thursday, Dec. 2, from noon to 2 p.m. at 160 Carter Road.
Chris Lavin, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club and its Geneva Community Center, said there are no income or residential requirements for participating in the drive-thru. “It is great, fresh food that is available to anyone who can benefit by easing the family food budget especially during the holiday season,” Lavin said. The distribution usually includes a mix of fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, dairy and grains, though the exact contents can vary.
Lavin noted that not all families have a vehicle for accessing this valuable distribution so friends and neighbors who know of others in need are encouraged to drive through and pick up for those who can’t manage this type of event personally. “This is a new era of food support,” Lavin said. “It can free up tight family budgets and improve nutrition.” People unable to access the distribution can call Susan Tolleson at 315-759-6060 to see if delivery by the club van is possible.
This month’s distribution is being facilitated by the Kiwanis Club of Geneva, Community Proud Apparel and State Senator Pam Helming’s office. Lavin said demand for this new supply has proven to be high in the Finger Lakes so Food Link has asked the Boys & Girls Club to consider increasing this effort to twice monthly. “This great food is available and can help through the Geneva area, but we will need to build a volunteer network to manage it properly,” Lavin said.
The Geneva Community Center recently used donor funds to install walk-in coolers and freezers to improve Geneva’s capacity to handle the Food Link tractor trailer deliveries. The club also partners with the Geneva Center of Concern and the Salvation Army to facilitate best use of new food sources that developed since the onset of the COVID 19 pandemic.
Below, Lavin discusses the food distribution in detail.