A Niagara University grant intended to support research and/or service projects that seek to alleviate poverty has been awarded to the Resurrection Life church and food pantry in Cheektowaga.
Jay Stockslader, director of continuing education at NU, secured the $6,000 Vincentian Poverty Grant for Resurrection Life. The funds were used to purchase two industrial freezers - which were later named "Faith" and "Hope." The food pantry is a registered distribution center for the Food Bank of Western New York.
"Your organization, and the innovative work that you do to meet the most basic needs of individuals and families with dignity and respect impressed the committee as fulfilling the requirements of the grant," wrote the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., president of Niagara University, in a congratulatory letter to administrators at Resurrection Life.
The "client choice" and "mobile food pantry" ministry is operated by volunteer members of Resurrection Life. It is the largest food pantry in Cheektowaga, where a recent community assessment showed one-quarter of the population is either in poverty or at risk financially.
"Dignity is the most important word to us as we assist our area and the people of Western New York," said Kim Reynolds, coordinator of the food pantry.
Food is distributed on the first and third Tuesday and Thursday of each month at the pantry, which is located at 2145 Old Union Road.
"We see over 1,400 people each month and we continually add programs, like the recent veterans program serving the homeless," added Greg Glovins, administrator of the church. "We are so grateful to Niagara University for the funding."
The Vincentian Poverty Grant is comprised of funds set aside by the Vincentian community to complement and expand upon the work accomplished by the Niagara University community toward understanding and eliminating poverty.
Additional information on Resurrection Life can be obtained at www.res-life.com or by calling 716-656-8995.
Learn more about the Catholic and Vincentian mission of Niagara University at http://mission.niagara.edu.