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Food for People and Pets

Churches across the partnership dioceses are continuing feeding ministries—for both pets and people—during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania:

Church of the Ascension in Bradford continues to offer free to-go hot lunches on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The parish is serving approximately 50 meals each week.

The Cathedral of St. Paul in Erie continues to distribute groceries on Friday mornings from 9:30 a.m. until noon, and is also delivering boxes to seniors who are at higher risk from the coronavirus.

In the Diocese of Western New York:

The Genesis Center, a ministry of St. Simon’s Church in south Buffalo is offering regular take-out meals on Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Food pantry distributions continue from the back of the center on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for residents of zip code 14210.

St Matthias’ Pet Food Pantry, 374 Main Street in East Aurora, is open from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of every month. Contact Sandy Stroh or Bill Bermingham with questions.

St. Aidan’s Church in Alden has closed its pet food cupboard for the month, due to the pandemic. But the church helps support the Akron/Newstead Tender Paws free Pet Food Pantry, which is still providing free pet foods curbside at the C. Dee Wright Community Center at 11 Church Street in Akron. Call Judy Moore with questions at 716-536-1261.

Pete’s Pet Food Pantry, a ministry of Good Shepherd Church in Buffalo, is providing food on an emergency basis, but requires 24 hours’ notice. Contact the Rev. Mike Hadaway via email. To donate food, contact Mark DiGiampalo at the church, 716-536-1261.