Southwest Ecumenical Services, Inc. (SWEM) is into the business of feeding people who are hungry. Over the years our mission has grown to include not only those with emergency needs, but school children and the elderly. We build community with two communiity garden sites in the 19th Ward neighborhood, and through participation in Foodlink's Farm Stand program. Even with Foodlink's help, rising food costs have devastated our budget. Our cost for the Backpack program, that provides weekly supplemental food to school children from September through June, has risen 1500%. That's right, 1500%. When the program began five years ago NutriKids paid the bulk of the cost, but now that grant's history and the kids are still hungry. Rising food costs have impacted our other programs as well ... forcing us to eliminate orange juice from the senior bags and reducing emergency eligibility to every two months instead of one. We're committed to providing food as long as people need it, but we need your help.
Emergency food provided at four satellite sites in SW Rochetser
Backpacks of food (about 3lbs) delivered to a total of 150 students in three city elementary schools
Senior emergency food delivered to about 50 households each month
Two Community Garden sites in the 19th Ward neighborhood - maintained and harvested by neighbors
A Farm Stand that sells low cost fresh produce in July and August at the corner of Thorndale Terrace and Chili Ave.
Monthly Mobile Pantry distribution of free fresh produce and bread to anyone, regardless of income