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Geneva Center of Concern expanding its food pantry

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The Geneva Center of Concern is expanding the size of its food pantry by 800 square feet.

With increased demand, pantry has outgrown its space

Center of Concern Board President Mike Osborne told the Finger Lakes Times the pantry, built in the early 1980s, has outgrown its current space. The expansion comes during the Center’s 50th anniversary year.

An anniversary event is planned for later this month to coincide with the start of construction of the new space. The Center board has begun a “50 for 50” promotion in which everyone who donates $50 or more to the building project will be listed on a wall plaque in the newly-expanded pantry. Those wishing to contribute can send their donations to Geneva Center of Concern Pantry Project, ATTN: Cheryl Toor, 58 Avenue D, Geneva, NY 14456.

Osborne says demand for the food pantry’s services has increased by 40% in just over two years.

The expansion will give the pantry much more room to feature the fresh vegetables and other perishable items the Center takes in each day.

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