From Turning Point food pantries in Bath, Canisteo, and Hornell, more than 1,900 Steuben County neighbors in need enjoyed a Thanksgiving dinner this year thanks to the generosity of many area agencies and businesses.
From Turning Point’s food pantry site in Bath, 439 households, representing more than 1,080 individuals, chose a turkey, ham, or chicken, and received complementary Thanksgiving dinner items that included vegetables, fruit, and stuffing. Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) pitched in, guiding Bath-area families through the food pantry. “It was a very happy time here,” shared Theresa McKinley, Turning Point’s Assistant Director. “St. John Vianney youth group wrote out Thanksgiving jokes and quotes on small pieces of paper and we gave one to every person who came through the door. People left with food for the holidays and a smile on their face.”
Turning Point Hornell gave away turkeys and meal items to 204 households, representing 532 individuals, of which almost 40% were children. Employees of Hornell Wegmans donated 53 turkeys and St. James Hospital employees donated another 46 turkeys. Turning Point Hornell Site Coordinator Bill Herrick said one family told him, “You guys are great! I don’t know what we would do for dinner if you didn’t have this program.” In Canisteo, Steuben County Rural Ministry’s Turning Point program served Thanksgiving meal items to 148 families representing 461 neighbors, of which 137 were children.
Turning Point Corning referred and partnered with various well-established food pantries in the Corning area, providing additional support for people with other basic needs. Partner food pantries in the Corning area serve as an access point for Turning Point to offer assistance that targets the underlying causes of food shortage. From there, Turning Point’s Basic Needs Services can also help prevent utility shutoff, homelessness, and medicine shortage.
The Turning Point service priority for Catholic Charities of Steuben stabilizes families in economic crisis and supports them as they strive for self-sufficiency. Turning Point’s Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP) and other Support Services combine to offer advisement on accessing supports and benefits that improve short-term economic stability. Finally, Turning Point’s Development Services provide advisement on defining a plan for long-term economic stability, including use of the “My Plan” tool and referrals to other programs.