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Food Truck and Pantry Experience Abundant Success

By Annie Widger


The Food Express Truck was a huge success thanks to the volunteers who served 28 families, a number expected to increase the next time the truck delivers to Ellicottville on June 25. Families and individuals can look for the Food Express Truck to arrive every fourth Monday of each month at 1:15 p.m. in the United Church of Ellicottville’s parking lot at 53 Elizabeth St. Registration begins at 11 a.m. that day.


The Ellicottville Food Pantry garden is seeing some good progress. This weekend, Mike Widger, of Widger Builders, donated his time and materials to build three raised-bed boxes. Nathan Briggs, from Great Valley Builders (Chautauqua Brick), donated the timber spikes to secure the beds.


Less than 24 hours after we dropped the boxes off, Kenny Hinman, of Hinman Contracting, arrived like an angel at Gentle Thunder Farm to pick up the dirt for the boxes and by noon – only 17 hours later – the boxes were filled. Now that’s teamwork at its finest!


Many generous farms and individuals have donated vegetable plants for the pantry garden. Lisa Williams, of Point Break Farm, donated tomato plants, and Norm and Cathy Lacy donated zucchini plants. Additionally, Deb and Stew Ritchie, of Native Offerings Farm, as well as other individuals, donated seeds. The plans are to have the beds prepped and planted by the weekend.


Thank you so much to all of the fantastic community support. Many of the donations of time and talent have been spur of the moment. I called Kenny Hinman and he was at my place in 13 minutes to help on his lunch hour. I just love Ellicottville!

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