Good Samaritan Society – Syracuse was able to award a Social Accountability Grant to the Syracuse Area Churches Food Pantry in the amount of $1,900.  
“We are very blessed for the chance to give back to the Syracuse community by giving the grant to the Syracuse Food Pantry,” said Dianna Epp, Administrator.
“This sustains the Good Samaritan Society mission of – In Christ’s Love, Everyone Is Someone,” said Epp.
The Social Accountability Grant Program is designed to help provide start-up or continued support for projects that address the basic human needs of homelessness and/or hunger.  
Thirteen projects that received the first round grants across the nation totally $24,300.  
The Syracuse Food Pantry provides up to 2 weeks’ worth of food, up to 6 times a year for those in need.  
Requests are required to go through a church for this assistance.  The pantry serves Syracuse and 7 surrounding Otoe County communities.  
The pantry is totally funded by private donations from businesses, individuals, and organizations – accepting cash or food donations and purchasing items from the local grocery store to keep the money in the community.  
All helpers and board members are volunteers.  To date, they estimate that they have given out more than 380,000 pounds of food to the needy in our immediate area and will be celebrating their 20th year of helping people who are hungry in the community.  
Cheryl Halvorsen, president of the food pantry, said, “The grant that Good Samaritan Society applied for to benefit the Syracuse Area Churches Food Pantry goes a long way in helping us purchase the food we need to feed those in our area.  This is another wonderful example of how the people of Syracuse and the surrounding community continue to support our efforts – each and every donation has a big impact on our success.”
The residents, staff, family members, and visitors of Good Samaritan Society-Syracuse have always seen the importance of the Syracuse Food Pantry and have been giving to this cause during much of the food pantry’s 20 years in existence.  
Good Samaritan Society holds several food drives throughout the year.  
“It is very important to give back to the community especially when they are in need of food and other commodities.  I’m proud to know that I am helping others, just like we help our residents here at Good Samaritan Society,” said a GSS staff member.
The Evangelical Luth-eran Good Samaritan Society, the nation’s largest not-for-profit provider of senior care and services, owns and operates more than 240 long-term healthcare centers, home care agencies and senior living communities, including Good Samaritan Society – Syracuse.
Founded in 1922, the Good Samaritan Society’s mission is to share God’s love in word and deed by providing shelter and services to older persons and others in need, believing that “In Christ’s Love, Everyone Is Someone.”