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Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 6:35 pm

Care-A-Van Ministries Free Community Cookouts

post by Michele Lawson in Care-A-Van Ministries, community, cookouts, food, meals

Care-A-Van Ministries has been holding a free community cookout every Thursday night at Austin Park since mid-May and the response by the community has been tremendous. On average, the ministry serves between 350 – 450 meals per event to local community members, seniors from Washington Towers, and families who are enjoying the spray park.

But the event is not only about the food! It is about sharing the love of Jesus Christ with those in the community through uplifting music from the all-volunteer Care-A-Van worship team, inspirational words of encouragement from Pastors from various churches and denominations in our local community, and the commitment of local organizations such as the Salvation Army, Total Freedom, Truth Ministries, Living Waters Apostolic Ministries, P.C. Publications, Fidelis Care, GCASA, Mothers Supporting Children and Families, and many others in joining together to meet the needs of their community members.

Ride to Recovery, an organization devoted to reaching youth in need through biking events and activities, provides free bike repairs on Thursday nights. A favorite with the kids is the YMCA and Eagle Fountain Fellowship’s Care-A-Van kids which provides a bounce house, children’s messages, and activities during the evenings activities. Volunteers provide face painting, caricature drawings, and many other activities for the children in attendance.

Anthony “Smokie” LoCastro has brought a large donation of rain boots to the park which has provided free footwear for several hundred individuals within our community.

Most importantly, Care-A-Van wishes to thank all their committed, consistent, and faithful volunteers, because without them we couldn’t put on these cookouts week after week.

We encourage any organization, church, or agency to come out on Thursday night and join in this exciting outreach to our community members.

For more information you can contact Paul Ohlson at 343-0328, see us on Facebook, visit our website at cavministries.org, or email us at cavministries@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 7:15 am

BOCES culinary students champs again in regional competition

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, BOCES, food

Press release:

Culinary Arts students from the Batavia Career and Technical Education Center brought home the Culinary Cup for the third consecutive year! 

These students took first place in the eighth Annual Taste of Culinary Competition hosted by the American Culinary Federation of Greater Buffalo, New York. This event was held at Erie Community College’s City Campus. 

Chef Nathan Koscielski's culinary team of 14 students consisted of morning and afternoon juniors and seniors. The team competed against other student teams from other colleges, high schools and BOCES. 

Last year, the team brought home the Culinary Cup; two years ago, the team tied for second place; and three years ago, the team took third place.

Jarrod Wall is a first year Culinary Arts student from Notre Dame Academy.

“This was an awesome experience and it’s the third year in a row that our school has won first place.  We got to work as a team and see firsthand how professional chefs work, ” Jarrod said.

Chef Koscielski described his students as talented and skilled.

“Our score was only two points away from being a perfect score and was higher than scores earned by teams that entered the professional division including restaurants and country clubs. The competition was a tremendous educational experience for our students.  It was exciting for our team to compete and win for the third time,” he said.

The team served guinea hen confit with Parisienne gnocchi, roasted red and yellow pepper coulis and pignoli gremolata served with a punch made of black currant and pineapple juices, coconut milk, and fresh mint.

Monday, February 10, 2014 at 8:15 pm

FoodLink Mobile Food Pantry

post by Michele Lawson in community service, food, Outreach

Care-A-Van Ministries is partnering with FoodLink of Rochester and the Batavia Assembly of God to host a mobile food pantry. The exact food items available are not known, but fresh produce will be available. The Mobile Food Pantry is available to Genesee County residents only. There is no income verification required, but you must be 18 years old to pick up food from the pantry. Please provide your own bags/cart/vehicle to transport items to your home. For more information you can call Care-A-Van Ministries at 343-0328 or visit our website at cavministries.org  Food is provided on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last. Batavia Assembly of God, 24 North Spruce Street, Batavia NY 14020

Event Date and Time

February 28, 2014 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 11:01 am

Pancake Breakfast with Santa! Hosted by Elba's Boy Scout Troop 6017

post by Leela Chadbourne in announcements; boy scouts, food, fundraiser

Please join us for a delicious breakfast with Santa this Sunday at the Elba Fireman's Rec Hall.  The leaders of Troop 6017 will be busy cooking pancakes, sausages and eggs to order for our 'all you can eat' breakfast fundraiser.  Milk, orange juice and coffee will be served and Santa Claus will be in attendance to spread the Christmas joy!

Tickets at the door are $7.50 for adults, $5.50 for students and preschool kids eat free.

Address: Elba Firemen's Recreation Hall

7143 Oak Orchard Road, Elba (right on 98 next to M&T Bank)

 

We hope to see you there!

 

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Kitchen Staff

post by Frances Batra in Delivery, food, Kitchen, Picasso's Pizza, Picassos Pizza, pizza, Staff

Company Name

Picasso's Pizza

Job Type

Full-Time
Part-Time

Now hiring all positions:  Cooks, Cook/Driver, Managers.  

Call Tony 716-844-9005.  Please leave contact information.  Applications also being accepted at 419 West Main Street (Batavia Commons).  

Must be 18 years or older to apply.

Full and Part time positions available.  Must be able to work weekends and some holidays.  (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas).  Day and Evening shifts available.  

Qualifications:
 Experience in kitchen preparation and cooking preferred but not mandatory.
 Must be able to communicate clearly with managers and co-workers.
 - Must be able to work independently and participate in team environment.
 Be able to reach, bend, stoop and frequently lift up to 40 pounds.
 Be able to work in a standing position for long periods of time (up to 9 hours).
 - Be able to take deliveries using own transportation when needed.
 - Must possess a positive attitude and good work ethic.

Monday, September 9, 2013 at 9:39 pm

Third Annual Oktoberfest for families at St. Paul Lutheran Church

This is a Family Friendly Event!

Saturday, October 5, 2013  10 am - 4 pm

St. Paul Lutheran Church & School

31 Washington Ave., Batavia, NY

Featuring

Bergholz German Band

11:30 am - 2:30 pm

Food - Crafters - Chinese Auction, Door Prizes

Call 585-343-0488, for more information.

 

Event Date and Time

October 5, 2013 - 10:00am
Monday, July 22, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Foodlink reaches out to community with 'SNAP' outreach clinics

post by Daniel Crofts in employment, food, Foodlink, social services

If you struggle with poverty, Foodlink invites you to SNAP out of it.

SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and it is available to Genesee County residents through SNAP E&T (Employment and Training).

Jerome Nathaniel, SNAP outreach and assistance coordinator, is offering outreach clinics to Genesee County families on the last Monday each month at a Foodlink partner agency.  The next one is Monday, July 29 from 9 until 11 a.m. at the Salvation Army, at 529 E. Main St. in Batavia.

According to Nathaniel, this is a change from how Foodlink -- which provides food and nutrition education to 450 agencies in 10 counties throughout Western and Central New York -- has done things in the past.

"We received a grant from the Walmart Foundation in January," he said. "Because of that grant, we have been able to add direct service as a major component (of our mission)."

Prior to this, Foodlink had been working with Genesee County through AmeriCorps Vista, which does not allow workers to engage in direct service. For the past two years, they have focused on providing training to partner agencies (shelters, soup kitchens, etc).

A press release from Foodlink described the SNAP outreach clinics as "a bridge between the Department of Social Services and those applying -- all in an effort to make it easier for all parties involved."

If you can't make it to the outreach clinic, don't panic.

"If you're from Batavia, you can actually just give me a call," Nathaniel said. "I've pre-screened most people more recently over the phone, as a matter of fact."

For able-bodied people between the ages of 16 and 59 who work less than 30 hours a week, the requirements of SNAP E&T are similar to those for receiving unemployment. Applicants must work at least 20 hours per week, and they must be able to provide proof that they are applying for jobs.

At this time, according to Foodlink's press release, 900,000 New Yorkers are eligible for SNAP services and don't even know it.

"A lot of people I've pre-screened have already applied for SNAP benefits in the past," Nathaniel said. "The problem is that the income guidelines are constantly changing. I pre-screened someone in Batavia who applied seven years ago, and this person was certainly eligible this time around."

But changing income guidelines are not the only factor behind the above statistic. Nathaniel points out that many people suffer from "circumstantial poverty as opposed to generational poverty."

"A lot of times," he said, "(there are) people who worked their whole lives and suddenly something changed. They used to have a certain income, and they were used to a type of lifestyle that required a certain level of income. And suddenly, someone in the household got laid off; or suddenly, they've retired and their retirement plan wasn't what they thought it was."

People in this type of situation, according to Nathaniel, would never imagine themselves as being eligible for a government program. But, in fact, they could be eligible for SNAP benefits.

In addition, there are a few misconceptions about the stated criteria. 

"A major mistake people make is that they don't understand what a household size is for SNAP purposes," Nathaniel said. "Ordinarily, you think of a household as meaning just whoever is under your roof -- so five people, for example. But when you're applying for SNAP, what they look at is whether or not those five people share the grocery expenses and share food. So you can have as many as five different SNAP applications in one household. That's five different SNAP households under one roof."

The gross monthly income requirement for SNAP E&T is $1,211 for an able-bodied adult under 59 and without disabilities, plus $429 for each additional person in the household.

For someone over 59 or disabled, the requirement is $1,852 plus $660 for each additional person. Medical expenses (including out-of-pocket premiums), utilities, rent and mortgage are also taken into account for this population.

For more information, call Nathaniel at 328-3380, ext. 150.

Top graphic courtesy of Kim Montinarello

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 9:57 am

Free Grocery event by Penuel Christian Fellowship of LeRoy and FoodLink

post by Matt Brandes in food, free, Groceries

July 20th from 11 am to 1 pm free groceries will be distributed to anyone who comes,in the Mill Street parking lot behind the Post Office in LeRoy, there is no wage requirement. Just register and get your food.

Event Date and Time

July 17, 2013 - 9:50am - July 20, 2013 - 1:00pm
Monday, June 3, 2013 at 1:29 pm

HARVESTER ARTISAN MARKET

post by lucie griffis in arts, Arts & Crafts, batavia, entertainment, food

OFFERING A UNIQUE SELECTION OF ARTISAN/CRAFTERS, FOOD, AND ENTERTAINMENT YEAR ROUND SATURDAYS 10AM-4PM.  wE ARE AN INDOOR AIR CONDITIONED MARKET. 

Event Date and Time

June 15, 2013 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
Monday, May 20, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Harvester Artisan Market 56 Harvester Ave, Batavia

The Harvester Artisan Market will be a unique selection of local &regional artisans/ crafters, food, and entertainment varying Saturdays from 10am -4pm.

You never know what you might find at the market!

We are looking for artisans/crafters, food, and entertainment. For more information call 585-768-8147 or email griffewsclan@yahoo.com.

Event Date and Time

June 1, 2013 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
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