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ACCORD Access Centers

More than food  

ACCORD’s Food pantry not only provides emergency food boxes to individuals and families in need, it helps people find a path to economic self sufficiency. Food pantry customers receive assistance with developing a budget to stretch food dollars. They are also provided with nutrition education, menu planning and food preparation advice. Most importantly, ACCORD food pantry staff and volunteers help customers understand the services available to them by utilizing the eligibility screening and are referred to the Department of Social Services for food stamps and WIC, as needed, so they can achieve adequate nutrition.    

Here’s an example of how this works. Recently, a family moved to Allegany County from Canada. The father is US citizen, his wife and children are Canadian. A job opportunity brought the family back to the United States however, money has been tight. The family recently applied for SNAP benefits until they can get back on their feet. Department of Social Services guidelines require a 45-day waiting period from the date of the application to the receipt of benefits. The family had no food. The ACCESS Center Food Pantry was able to provide the family with food, along with referrals to other ACCORD programs, including Advantage After School Program and Day Care Assistance, for which the family was very grateful.    

Photo Caption: Community support for the food pantry has increased greatly the past year. Pictured is volunteer Mackenzie Black, stocking shelves with food collected through various community efforts, including the Wellsville CURVES’ food drive and ACCESS Allegany’s annual “Souper Bowl” food drive. 

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