January 15, 2014
In an effort to help give back to their neighbors, Premium Mortgage Corporation's WNY office has started a yearlong partnership with St. Lawrence Outreach Ministries, including the Father Joe Moreno Memorial Food Pantry and Children's Clinic. Premium employees have been encouraged to donate both time and money to help the pantry feed it's over 700 clients.
The Food Pantry is located at 1520 East Delavan Avenue in Buffalo, New York. It services over 700 people or 450 families providing them with approximately 9 meals per person each month free of charge. Furthermore, the 14215 zip code that the Pantry and Clinic service was deemed the poorest zip code in Buffalo in the2010census,according to the Buffalo Urban League.
At the same location, The Children's Clinic has served over 2,600 children since 2005. About 60% of these children are uninsured during their first visit, so the clinic hostsfacilitators to help register and educate them on the health insurance assistance they qualify for.
"There are over 3,000 children living in poverty within a 1 mile radius of the pantry/clinic, and it is our goal to extend the reach of their services to as many of these children as possible," Says Luke Dyer, social justice director. For this reason, they are seeking a new or gently used computer, printers and scanner to help organize and manage the community's needs. Luke can be reached at 716-308-6302.
"This collaboration is our effort to show the community how something so small can really change the quality of life for so many," says Premium Mortgage Corporation representative Leah Pitisi. "We are excited to be working with a charity that is always in need and often over-looked. We hope that our generosity will inspire our neighbors to reach out and do the same."
To date, Premium Mortgage has donated over 500 items including soup, pasta, peanut butter, and many other non-perishable items the pantry often finds lacking and in high demand. Premium employees have also contributed over $100 dollars in cash donations as well as two printers to help with the pantry/clinic's clerical needs. The employees are also scheduled to volunteer their time to help the Pantry unload and sort their annual supply from the Food Bank of Western New York as well as to tour the facilities.