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A search has yet to find a site for a food pantry to serve the needy in south Cheektowaga and Sloan, but the effort is continuing.

Tina Viverto, Cheektowaga senior services outreach worker, chaired a meeting Tuesday at the Senior Center on the search for a food distribution site.

The need has been made known to the ecumenical Cheektowaga Clergy Association, but there's been no response. "We can only assume nothing has developed," she said.

Since the town discontinued distribution of federal surplus food at the Senior Center over a year ago, there has been no source for needy families to obtain food in the southern half of Cheektowaga.

Food pantries operated by churches fill the need in north Cheektowaga, and Depew fills the need there. They have provided some help to needy residents of south Cheektowaga.

But a facility in that area is needed, according to participants at the meeting. They included Mayor Adeline Sicignano and Trustee Florence Pajak of Sloan, and representatives of Catholic Charities and food pantries at Mother of Divine Grace and St. Barnabas Catholic churches.

Needed are a locked storeroom of about 150 square feet, which could be opened for a couple of hours a few days a week, participants said. Refrigeration is desirable but not essential.

Ideally, a non-sectarian community organization would sponsor the pantry.

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