Today, Assemblymember Monica Wallace (D-Lancaster) announced that she has secured $25,000 in state funding to benefit Matthew’s Table, a program run by Lord of Life Lutheran Church to provide monthly dinners for local seniors. The funding will be used to purchase food and ensure the continuation of Matthew’s Table, with the possibility of the organization expanding to address the increased needs for food.
“Feeding the elderly and those in need is a shared community responsibility,” said Assemblymember Wallace. “The congregants and volunteers at Lord of Life Church who donate their time and money to feed their neighbors are truly doing God’s work. It’s my privilege to secure funding to help these caring individuals continue to do this vital work, particularly at a time when high inflation is creating more financial stress for seniors and others living on fixed incomes.”
“Matthew’s Table community dinners began when we became aware of the significant struggles that our neighbors in parts of the Village of Depew face daily,” said Rev. Deborah Turley, who was recently honored by Assemblymember Wallace with a 2022 Women of Distinction award in the Humanitarian field. “The dinners have become a central place where the community gathers for good food, conversation and working together to provide the basic needs of every individual and family, and to envision a future that is sustainable and life-giving. We thank Assemblymember Wallace for securing funding to help us continue to feed and support our neighbors in need.”
Assemblymember Wallace has a long track record of helping seniors and local families in need. She has secured $10,000 for Tri-Community Food Pantry, Inc., $28,000 for the Lancaster Senior Center to purchase a van, and a total of $20,000 for the Town of Cheektowaga for senior-related equipment and programming.