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Cayuga County’s Emergency Help Pantry closes: Escalating expenses, decreasing donations led to decision

Cayuga County’s Emergency Help Pantry, located at the Fingerlakes Mall, has permanently closed after five years of operation.

The pantry’s founder and president, Meeghan Seastrom, announced the closure on the organization’s Facebook page, citing escalating expenses, a decrease in donations, and the impact of managing the pantry on her personal health.


Despite the challenging decision, Seastrom emphasized her ongoing commitment to the community, stating the need to prioritize her family and health.

The pantry, which served nearly 3,200 people this year, tripled its client base, placing an increasing demand on the self-funded operation.

While the pantry’s closure marks the end of an era, Seastrom assured that the nonprofit would continue its community support initiatives. Friends Helping Friends, which began as a Facebook group in 2013 and became an official nonprofit in 2017, plans to collaborate with other nonprofits and community organizations.