Ken-Ton Closet volunteer Amy Luparello
Amy volunteered with the Closet since our early years and when we branched out during the pandemic to assist people with food through our Ken-Ton Cares program, she was right there with us volunteering almost every day we were open. She was a teacher aide at Edison Elementary and was passionate about dedicating her time to help those in need. Although it was a scary time, she was perpetually grateful for the opportunity to serve.
Sadly, our friend and volunteer Amy passed away on June 24th, 2022, after a battle with cancer. Our volunteers, touched by her loss, have created a small food resource called “Amy’s Cupboard” to help address food insecurities faced by our Ken-Ton Families. We are proud to continue this work in her name.
How do I access Amy's Cupboard to receive food or donate?
The Closet is located at the Jefferson School Building 250 Athens Blvd, Tonawanda, NY 14223 (our entrance is located on the back of the building, Oakvale Blvd) . If you enter through door 2, we are on the 2nd floor. Our hours of operation are:
Tuesday and Thursday 10 AM - 4 PM
2nd Saturday of each month 9 AM - 1 PM
Who is eligible to receive items from Amy's Cupboard?
Families of registered children at the Closet (children (0 - 18 years) living within the Village of Kenmore/Town of Tonawanda are eligible.
How often can we get food?
Families may visit every other month but special arrangements can be made for emergency situations.
What types of food can be donated?
We accept ANY non-perishable that is not expired but our most popular items are:
Can I make a monetary contribution?
Yes! You can make donations to support the program in the following ways:
Checks can be made out to Ken-Ton Closet and sent to PO Box 343, Buffalo, NY 14223. Please put Amy's Cupboard on the subject line so we can ensure the funds are used for this project.
Gift cards to local stores such as Aldi, Dash's, Tops, Wegmans, Target, Walmart, Price-Rite, Shop Rite, etc. are gratefully accepted. These cards can be dropped off to the Closet during normal operating hours (above) or mailed.
We are humbled to have food or financial support from many individuals and the following organizations:
Church of the Nativity
Hunger Crop Walk
Kids Christmas Bash
Brighton Volunteer Fire Company
Ellwood Volunteer Fire Company
Kenilworth Volunteer Fire Company
River Road Volunteer Fire Company
Sheridan Park Volunteer Fire Company
Last day of Ken-Ton Cares (August 2020) at Jefferson Building. Volunteers Jill O'Malley, Kara Pezzino, Amy Luparello, Scott Lackey, Deb Paluch, and Michelle Wickland.