New Hope for Penn Yan with opening of Hope Center

In the three weeks the new Keuka Food Pantry has been open, nearly 300 families with 951 individuals have been served and 13,000 lbs. of food have left the shelves to help solve food insecurity in the community.

Tuesday morning, leaders of Pro Action of Steuben and Yates were joined by major funders, elected officials, and Keuka Food Pantry volunteers for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the Hope Center, a new community services center in Penn Yan and the new home of the food pantry. Located at 202 East Elm St. in the former VFW building, the center was dedicated to Milly Bloomquist and Stephanie Bates, two champions of people in poverty in this community, according to Laura Rossman, CEO of Pro Action of Steuben and Yates.

Bloomquist was the founder of the food pantry, which previously operated out of the Penn Yan Baptist Church, and Bates was a Pro Action staffer and visionary leader in the aftermath of the 2014 flooding.

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