Mission Statement
 
Motivated by Christ’s love, the North Pres Food Pantry continues Christ’s work by feeding the unemployed, the working poor, the elderly, and the physically and mentally challenged in the Elmira area. We strive to foster a caring atmosphere and treat each person with dignity and care about each one as an individual. We are dedicated to maintaining a continuous growth in services to assist our clients to improve their quality of life. It is our hope that those who receive food will be strengthened in body and soul.
 
History
 

The North Presbyterian Church Food Pantry was started by the pastor Rev. James Collea and his wife. They started by handing food out from their own cupboard. A short time later, the people of North Pres Church wanted to help. A cupboard at the church was filled to hand out food supplies to those in need. In 1984 the Food Pantry became an agency of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. This allows the Food Pantry to serve more people and to increase the allotment of food given to individual households. The pantry has grown from a cupboard to a large room with a refrigerator, freezers, aisles of shelves, and many larger cupboards. Our Pantry Patch Garden provides fresh vegetables in season. The pantry also has clothing and books available to clients.

Funding
 
The NPC Food Pantry is not funded by the church budget. Monetary and individual food collection donations come from individuals and groups within our church and our community. We rely solely on those donations.
 
 
On Sunday, August 7, 2016 Jeff Richards and Marlene Carpentier had the pleasure of meeting Cassidy Tryon, the winner of Chopped Junior.  Cassidy is twelve years old and going into the eighth grade in Horseheads.  For winning this season, Cassidy received $10,000 and a Chopped Junior jacket.  She kept $9,000 for college and gave $1,000 to the North Pres Food Pantry
Cassidy has had a great deal of experience cooking at home with her mother and grandmother but not with the odd ingredients she was given on the TV program.
The first basket the contestants were given contained hand pulled noodles, pickled Daikon radish, century eggs and alligator to make an appetizer.  (The century eggs are not 100 years old.  They are preserved over weeks to months and have a bad odor.)  The second basket for an entrée contained pork cutlet, cornucopia of baby vegetables, mango and fish and chip snack mix.  The third and last basket the students were to make a dessert out of Cashew cheese, sparkling apple cider, lychees and Kiwi Turtle Cake.  The contestants were given 30 minutes to cook each basket of food.
Cassidy hopes to go to Cornell and later open a bed and breakfast and do equine physical therapy.  Our Pantry gives a big thanks to Cassidy for her generosity to our pantry.