Category: Food for the Soul

Lifetime Assistance help at Food for the Soul

Lifetime Assistance help at Food for the Soul

In 1978, a group of loving parents – with the backing of local and state agency leaders – founded an organization to give their children with developmental disabilities the tools to achieve the highest possible level of independence and satisfaction. These parents wanted their children to have opportunities to develop life skills, to pursue their individual goals and dreams – and to enhance their pride and self respect as productive members of the community.

Today, Lifetime Assistance, Inc. has grown into a community leader – and is the largest, most comprehensive agency in the Greater Rochester area serving children and adults with developmental disabilities. Lifetime provides a full spectrum of services for persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, Intellectual and Cognitive Disabilities, and Neurological Impairments.

At Lifetime Assistance, we’re passionate about supporting individuals with developmental disabilities as successful participants in a respectful community.

The Program

Over the years, Lifetime Assistance has developed an extensive community volunteer program with over 50 agencies in the Greater Rochester area. Individuals can participate in a variety of opportunities based on his or her interest and skill level. These opportunities, in turn, provide the individuals with meaningful skill-building experiences.

In addition, we work diligently to maximize the use of community resources such as libraries, health clubs, restaurants, museums and local businesses.

Lifetime Assistance Website

October Food for the Soul Luncheon

October Food for the Soul Luncheon

My trip to the Food for the Soul Luncheon was one of the first times I had left the house by myself after my hip replacement. It was nice to get out of the house for a bit, even if it was freezing and there was talk of an inch of snowfall we had received during the early hours of the morning. Several dozen Inner Loop neighborhood residents enjoyed a lunch of southern barbecue in the basement of the Lutheran Church of the Reformation in downtown Rochester.

I had the pleasure of joining two women, a mother and daughter pair, who have enjoyed coming to the luncheon for many years. After everyone who wanted them enjoyed second servings of homemade southern barbecue, each guest was given a bag of non-perishable food items and other household items, like toilet paper, to take home with them. Our executive director, Daryl Staneck, offered up some donated clothing, too. I was touched by Loop’s generosity and thoughtfulness. To give you an idea of the amount of people attended the luncheon, here is a photo of just a fraction of the grocery bags Loop handed out after it concluded!

After the lunch, several guests attended a nutrition lesson provided by the Cornell Cooperative Extension. The instructor received a grant from Eat Smart New York to be used over the course of a year, funding presentations like the one I attended at the Loop luncheon. As an opening activity, we were asked to take some guesses and rank a set of ten different sugary foods in order of their sugar content. A serving, not a bottle, of Coke was at the top of the list that included things like vanilla pudding and Pop Tarts. Many people were surprised and vowed to “rethink their drink” after discovering just how much sugar there is in soda. We all agreed that we did not know how to estimate the amount of sugar in foods, and the instructor taught us to divide the number of grams of sugar listed in the nutrition content by four and the result would be the amount of teaspoons of sugar in the serving. Most people can envision a teaspoonful of sugar, so we found this very helpful.

I look forward to seeing what the November Food for the Soul Luncheon has to offer on November 23rd!

Food Pantry Adds Holiday Service

Food Pantry Adds Holiday Service

This holiday season will mark the 4th year that the Food Pantry will take advantage of the NYS Food bank’s offer to provide small chickens and bags ofproduce for our distribution.

As in years past, the size of our order will be determined by our financial resources and storage (freezer/cooler) capacity. The chickens will be offered to the 10 registered families with the largest number of children, and the 20 large produce bags will be opened and distributed among all who come the last two weeks of the month.

New this year is Loop’s participation in the Kiwanis Thanksgiving Dinner Program.  As a result of our visit to the Kiwanis’ local chapter meeting (when Daryl Staneck and Al Sieg spoke about hunger in Rochester and the difference our food ministries are making), we have been invited to benefit from their their effort and bounty. Between mid-October and early November, Food Pantry clients were invited to sign up for a hot, prepared Thanksgiving meal for all in their households.

A Kiwanis representative will call each registrant to confirm interest and address later in the month, and then personally deliver the family meal on Thanksgiving day!  God bless the Kiwanis for their generosity of time, treasure, and talent in caring for our community in this way!