Together We Serve Our Community
St. Paul's Lutheran Church
4007 Main Street, Eggertsville, NY 14226
Hours of Operation:
- 1st, 3rd and 5th Thursday of each month from 3-7 p.m.
- 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
How to Receive Services:
- No appointment is necessary, a short intake form will be filled out. Bring proof of identification, residence (utility bill) and income.
How the Pantry Began:
The Amherst Central School District, in partnership with St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Eggertsville and the Food Bank of WNY, offers a collaborative food pantry to families who qualify in the 14226 and 14221 zip codes regardless if they have children attending the school district. Based at St. Paul's Church Lutheran Church at 4007 Main Street, the Tiger's Den Food Pantry allows families to enroll in the pantry program and choose boxed, canned and perishable food items once a month.
The pantry began as an existing food-to-home program for two families at one elementary building and expanded into a collaborative food pantry serving families in the Town of Amherst.
School officials continuously make efforts to reach needy families who have children attending Amherst schools. This is done with the help of our social workers. Something new at the May 2018 kindergarten screening was that every incoming family was apprised of the pantry.
The integration of the Tiger’s Den Food pantry within all of our schools has created a stronger community among staff, students and our families. We have unions, family members, and students leading the way through fundraising efforts and a devotion of their time and money to the ultimate success of this pantry. The entire middle school is currently embroiled in a full-year service learning project to support not only the food pantry but also their character education program given the connection between the two.
The Tiger's Den Food Pantry project was the recipient of the 2018 Excellence in Collaboration award from the Erie County Association of School Boards.