Hope Center Food Pantry will open in former VFW

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
From left, Renee Bloom (Keuka Housing Authority), Marianne Brand (McGowan Charitable Fund), Laura Rossman & Amey Rusak (Pro Action of Steuben and Yates Inc.), Katie Nord Peterson (Nord Family Foundation).

Those involved call it Community collaboration at its best. 

Keuka Housing Council and Pro Action of Steuben and Yates Inc., together with grant awards from the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund Inc. and Nord Family Foundation are meking the creation of a new food pantry in Yates County a reality. The project is a joint effort of Keuka Housing Council, which purchased and is currently renovating the former VFW property on East Elm Street in Penn Yan, and Pro Action, which will assume operations of the current Keuka Food Pantry, which has been based at the Penn Yan Baptist Church.

The “Hope Center” Keuka Food Pantry will provide much-needed food assistance and a way to connect people to other resources. The center will feature Pro Action’s wrap around service delivery model, will work to stabilize families in economic crisis, and support them as they strive for self-reliance. 

The collaborative project will expand pantry services from one time per month, to two-three days per week. Renovations are expected to be completed by Keuka Housing in July with the pantry to open a short time thereafter.

Laura Rossman, CEO of Pro Action said “This project is an example of what a community can do when it comes together. This wouldn’t be possible without all who have encouraged and supported this project from the time it was just a vision. It’s exciting to see it all coming together and we look forward to expanding services in Yates County.”