For over 7 years, Walmart SuperCenter in Cheektowaga has been one of Resurrection Life Food Pantry’s largest donors. Three times a week, Samson and our volunteers pick up meat, dairy, produce, bakery, and non-perishable grocery items to distribute to our clients.
Thor is big and beefy, slow to move and difficult to maneuver but he is the most dependable team member we have. Thor is our 35 year old pallet jack which is ancient in his industry but don't let Thor's age fool you, He is a BEAST!
Every once in a while someone shows up to volunteer and we wonder how in the world did we survive without them. Gail Potter is one of those volunteers.
“Hello, I live in Cheektowaga and am a family of 4 (2 adults 2 children). I was wondering how I go about utilizing your services? Currently I am on leave from my job to homeschool my 7yr old and my fiancé is getting unemployment. We don't get food stamps at the moment but do need some help.” (Anonymous, 2020).
I’ve added “Professional Beggar” to my title along with Director of Resurrection Life Food Pantry because that seems to be what I spend the majority of my time doing. Begging for money, food, and volunteers in hopes that at the end of the year the budget sheet is balanced, or at the very least isn’t too far in the red, and there’s enough food and volunteers to serve the community. In the world of nonprofits, Resurrection Life Food Pantry is small potatoes
Two years ago the Directors of the Goodness Project and Resurrection Life Food Pantry met under tense circumstances. Two head strong women passionate about meeting the needs of the community met for the first time and it could get ugly.
Samson is by far the largest member of our team. At just over 9 tons, he carries the weight of the pantry on his shoulders...or at the very least on his wheel base. His impressive full figure 20’ box with liftgate attachment has the ability to move 8 pallets or up to 16,000 lbs. in one load.
COVID was in the United States and working across New York State. Monday, March 16, was a mad scramble to convert Resurrection Life Food Pantry, one of WNY’s largest food pantries from a “client choice” pantry to a pre-packed drive-thru, and we had less than 24 hours to accomplish this.In the middle of the scramble I received a call that my 83-year-old father would not make it much longer. I needed to get on a flight to Miami immediately. I was facing my own personal crisis and it was about to get worse. I literally had to leave the staff and volunteers in the middle of the unknown to handle a situation of uncertainties, with no time for a trial run.
You’ve seen ALICE and may not even know it. ALICE walked by you on the street, passed you in the hallway, or waved from the window. ALICE is not the prettiest thing, as a matter of fact, ALICE can be quite ugly. ALICE is depressed, unstable, and scared; hiding in plain sight andhoping you don’t see the struggle.You see ALICE isn’t one single person.