ITHACA, N.Y. –– Immaculate Conception Food Pantry, on 113 N Geneva St., Ithaca is on track to re-open before the end of the month.

The pantry closed in January due to asbestos contamination in the basement area of the church, where the food pantry is located. At the time the asbestos was found, the space was being surveyed for possible renovations.

When it’s active, the pantry serves up to 140 patrons a week and is the only pantry that can be utilized weekly by local customers. The pantry was last open on Nov. 26, and served between 100 and 115 families.

Father Chumo of Immaculate Conception told the Ithaca Voice in January that it is church policy to wait to receive three competitive bids from abatement companies before moving forward with any action.

Ultimately, the church utilized the services of Bronze Contracting, based out of Remsen, NY.

Chumo said they are just waiting for new floor tiles to arrive so the abatement and subsequent renovation can be completed. He said once those tiles arrive and are installed, the church administration will have a more precise re-opening date.

According to Feeding America statistics, 13.4% of people in Tompkins County are food insecure. There are resources available for those in need.

Pantries where customers can do a once-a-month pick-up include:

Baptized Church of Jesus Christ at 412 First Street, Ithaca

Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 3rd Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Ithaca Kitchen Cupboard at the Salvation Army 150 North Albany Street, Ithaca

Monday to Thursday, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Southside Community Center 305 South Plain Street, Ithaca

First Saturday, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Last Saturday, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and Emergency food packs, Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Tompkins Community Action 701 Spencer Road, Ithaca

Tuesdays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Overlook Apartments 200 W Hill Cir, Ithaca in the Community Room

Alternate Sundays (see schedule), 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Calvary Baptist Church Pantry 507 North Albany Street, Ithaca

Third Saturday, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

There are also takeaway bagged meals, three meals a day for three days for each person in a family, available at the Saint John’s Friendship Center, 618 West State Street, Ithaca Tuesday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and Monday through Friday 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Individual meals are available Tuesday and Thursday at noon.

For a full list of food pantries available in Tompkins County click here. 

Loaves and Fishes of Tompkins County at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 210 North Cayuga Street, Ithaca offers meals Monday, Wednesday and Friday at noon and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Anna Lamb

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