concerned

United States

#1 Sep 22, 2010
Who is the man running the lowville food pantry? I took my neighbor there and could not believe how awful he was to her and the person that went in before her. The whole thing was really ugly when I asked he said it was "His Food pantry" Is this true?
Alice

Altmar, NY

#2 Sep 22, 2010
I don't know, but he's nasty to everyone, acts like he's paying for it out of his pocket..I took my 88 year old neighbor and he was horrid to her.
concerned

United States

#3 Sep 22, 2010
then why is he there and where can I complain? because if it comes to this lady going without.....she will not go back if he is there. she is too proud to put up with that and I would not make her go through it again. Didn't this used to be through the church ( not sure which one) or is it the same as the food bank in syracuse?
which one

United States

#4 Sep 22, 2010
The food pantry that used to be in the church behind Jebs has moved over near the IDA office. Last I knew one of the organizers was Pam Holbrook, Asa Holbrook's wife.
I would call her. I would be surprised if she is still in charge if its run poorly. She is a great lady and would never let that happen.
I wonder if you are mistaken and are taking about a different food program called Angel Food Ministries which is run by a guy I think named Dan Taylor, but I may be wrong.
That used to be run from the church next to the Dollar Store. The program was dropped for a while.
Dan is a jerk. He acts like he is paying for everything.
He is a volunteer and everything he receives is paid for by the state.
The program is good, and I could say a lot of bad things about how Dan acts, but it is a lot of work what he does.
It doesn't give him the right to behave like a prick though.
I believe there are are some mental issues there, so anytime I've had to deal with him I try to ignore it.
concerned

United States

#5 Sep 22, 2010
Thanks...so it is not a "church" charity any more? and how do I get a hold of Pam Holbrook, because Dan Taylor apprears to run both the pantry and angel foods. i also heard he used to do food sense but was fired by Lewis Cty Opprt. for similiar attitude problems. The fact is it is easiest for me to take her there, the others are farther away in Watertown and she should not have to endure more hardship just because this guy is a jerk. If he has mental issues as you say, he needs to be out of there any how. Is this lady in charge of him?
FYI

United States

#6 Sep 22, 2010
He does have mental issues and one more thing he is supposedly disabled with a "back injury" so how is it that he puts in "all these hours" from his own words in the journal paper, lifting all those boxes, collecting disability and a salary? He is a A** I have known him since Opprotunities many years ago, he does not volunteer and yes he was fired! Scumbag!!
Trace

Gloversville, NY

#7 Feb 5, 2012
I agree, took my 86 year old neighbor there, he got treated like DIRT, he told the guy to keep it he would rather starve. So took him up to get food stamps, they were very kind and gentle with him, this is a man who up until 2010 worked any job he could get a and paid taxes..nice how we treat the elderly ,especially at the Lowville Food bank, no wonder they have so much stuff there(per newspaper item) they don't hand any of it out to the truely needy.
I suggest you knit

United States

#8 Feb 5, 2012
Trace wrote:
I agree, took my 86 year old neighbor there, he got treated like DIRT, he told the guy to keep it he would rather starve. So took him up to get food stamps, they were very kind and gentle with him, this is a man who up until 2010 worked any job he could get a and paid taxes..nice how we treat the elderly ,especially at the Lowville Food bank, no wonder they have so much stuff there(per newspaper item) they don't hand any of it out to the truely needy.
They have "so much stuff there" because now they are no longer under the umbrella of a religious charity, and can therefore apply for state funding.
They feed 200 families a month. Are you seriously complaining because Dan is doing a good job and able to stock his shelves?
"they don't hand any of it out to the truely needy"- now that's just a lie. You MUST qualify to receive food pantry items. The pantry is audited by the state. They have to account for every last crumb on the shelves, where it goes, etc.
You really need another hobby.
no kidding

United States

#9 Feb 5, 2012
Trace from altimar was saying the same thing people have been saying for over 2 years. Dan is rude....period. look over the numerous comments from 3 different threads, from many different isps. While he may be really good at the paperwork end of it, he is not a people person, in fact he is confrontational and emotional UNSTABLE. He is prone to temper tantrums, and loves to threaten to sue anyone who stand up to him. He picketed the newspaper here in lowville - yes walked up and down the sidewalk for days - because he wanted to change a small detail in his own ad after the cut off date. he has threatened to sue LCO and the Central New york food bank among others. yes it is alot of hours he puts in...but isnt he disabled and unable to work? Don't get your knickers up. I appreciate community service, but I find it repulsive that some one is collecting a check claiming not being able to work AT ALL, yet wnat his picture in the paper everyweek for the 50 hours he claims to run that place all by himself. I have read the old threads and he got on here under the name food 4 all and attacked alot of people who were posting threatened to sue of course. All people are trying to say is - the guy makes it hard for people to come in and ask for help because he has such a harsh personality. Why is that so hard to understand? put him in the back and let someone else handle the people - simple as that. But wait! it is Dans food pantry and he wont let any body in! Cant wait till the first "board" meeting!
Trace

Johnstown, NY

#10 Feb 21, 2012
Thanks, nokidding, your exactly 100% right, he only gives anything out when he feels like it..
yes " I suggest you knit".. he can apply for funding, but what good is it if those in true need can't get help. there needs to be changes made at the pantry, that's all there is to it..
FYI

United States

#11 Feb 22, 2012
By the condecending tone of "I suggest you Knit" I would wager that was Dan singing his own praises again. If things are to ever improve, this information needs to get to the - Board - please direct your comments to Pam Holbrook, as was mentioned above.
really

Brant Lake, NY

#12 Feb 22, 2012
I suggest you knit wrote:
<quoted text>
They have "so much stuff there" because now they are no longer under the umbrella of a religious charity, and can therefore apply for state funding.
They feed 200 families a month. Are you seriously complaining because Dan is doing a good job and able to stock his shelves?
"they don't hand any of it out to the truely needy"- now that's just a lie. You MUST qualify to receive food pantry items. The pantry is audited by the state. They have to account for every last crumb on the shelves, where it goes, etc.
You really need another hobby.
So are you saying that you no longer need food donations from local citizens and groups who get items donated to give to the needy people of lewis county or lowville. I have always donated, but thinking I won't since you apply for grants to keep the shelves stocked. I have a daughter with three children and they have gone without food because DSS says they made too much money last fall. They still don't get any help except from us and because of the attitude at the pantry, my daughter and her husband are too embarrassed to go ask for help. Therefore we do what we can. It's a shame that we have needy families who are going without and with extra heating cost this time of year, what are people on fixed incomes supposed to do. WE have gone without so much this winter to help our children that I'm unable to pay my taxes from the fall yet. And with rising cost it's not getting any better. I think the board really needs to check into the pantry and see what is going on. How many of you make donations and wonder who is really getting them? shame, shame
sickening

United States

#13 Feb 23, 2012
really wrote:
<quoted text>So are you saying that you no longer need food donations from local citizens and groups who get items donated to give to the needy people of lewis county or lowville. I have always donated, but thinking I won't since you apply for grants to keep the shelves stocked. I have a daughter with three children and they have gone without food because DSS says they made too much money last fall. They still don't get any help except from us and because of the attitude at the pantry, my daughter and her husband are too embarrassed to go ask for help. Therefore we do what we can. It's a shame that we have needy families who are going without and with extra heating cost this time of year, what are people on fixed incomes supposed to do. WE have gone without so much this winter to help our children that I'm unable to pay my taxes from the fall yet. And with rising cost it's not getting any better. I think the board really needs to check into the pantry and see what is going on. How many of you make donations and wonder who is really getting them? shame, shame
You've always donated, but didn't pay your own taxes? Donated food there while your daughter and grandchildren were turned away from there? You are a liar, plain and simple.
You complained that your daughter makes TOO much $ to qualify for help? That is your complaint? She is well-enough off to not need help?
You daughter is mismanaging her money, plain and simple.
There is no reason in this area that a person can't make ends meet if they are living within their means. Housing is cheaper than anywhere in the county.
We've had the mildest winter on record. If she didn't qualify for HEAP, then you can seriously shut up. Qualifications for HEAP are very high for our incomes in this area.
I'm glad to hear she was turned away from DSS. My tax dollars shouldn't finance someone else's inability to control their own spending.
really

Northville, NY

#14 Feb 23, 2012
sickening wrote:
<quoted text>
You've always donated, but didn't pay your own taxes? Donated food there while your daughter and grandchildren were turned away from there? You are a liar, plain and simple.
You complained that your daughter makes TOO much $ to qualify for help? That is your complaint? She is well-enough off to not need help?
You daughter is mismanaging her money, plain and simple.
There is no reason in this area that a person can't make ends meet if they are living within their means. Housing is cheaper than anywhere in the county.
We've had the mildest winter on record. If she didn't qualify for HEAP, then you can seriously shut up. Qualifications for HEAP are very high for our incomes in this area.
I'm glad to hear she was turned away from DSS. My tax dollars shouldn't finance someone else's inability to control their own spending.
She has not been turned away, she refuses to go in because of the attitude that others have been given. Yes I donated through the school and through other organizations that ask for donated canned food. My taxes are much higher than a few cans of food. My daughter has not gone hungry by DSS used income when she moved into a home that the rent is very high. Her husband took alot of overtime to pay the bills and Now the hours have been cut, but she would have to reapply each month that the income is low. I will stop donating since the pantry is getting grants. The grant money comes from taxpayers too. We have cut back on our spending to help them out. Electric is high and She did get heap, but with fuel oil at almost 4.oo a gallon it barely fills one tank. It's an older house so takes more to heat it. With a baby in the house you can't go without heat. Rent here is high unless you get housing assistance and they get none. But with three children two in school, school supplies and clothes are expensive also. I'm just saying that if she did need to go to the pantry, she wouldn't because of Dan's attitude. Call me what you want, you just don't want to hear the truth do you Dan!!! Even though we had a mild winter, it was still very cold here. No snow and colder nights. Don't worry, others will make up for the donations some of us won't be making. I have chosen to donate to a homeless men's shelter in Orwell that runs without grants or aid of any sort. You probably don't even know of this place where more than half the men are veterans and they depend on donations to survive. so don't worry, we don't need your help and neither does my daughter. They can make ends meet, with just a little help from us as that's what parents do if they are able to.Stick YOUR food up your azz and give it to the people that abuse your system. Isn't that why we have to mark the bar codes out because people come get food from the pantry and then try to return it to the store for credit for cigarettes and beer. Yep, we donated and were told to mark the codes with black marker because of abuse. Enjoy your time at the pantry. If you are disabled , you aren't supposed to be working whether you get paid or do it for free. If you are able to work, You are living off the system that working people pay into. Get a real job Dan.
New in Lowville

Redwood, NY

#16 Nov 9, 2012
I am new in this town and went to the lowville pantry for help and I have to say, that the man that was there, wasn't exactly jumping for joy friendly but he wasn't rude either.
I live on a small budget, became unemployed because I moved to Lewis County because my employer would not allow me to work in Syracuse or Oswego county and live in Lewis County,(if I'm willing to drive, that should have been my choice, and I was willing to drive!)
I'm a single mom with 3 kids (teenagers) and I usually do not need help but in circumstances like this, I Did, and I am very grateful that there are agencies like this willing to help!:)
Outsidelookingin

New York, NY

#17 Nov 9, 2012
Why would you move to Lewis county if you could work in Syracuse or Oswego County?
Elaberate

New York, NY

#18 Nov 9, 2012
Outsidelookingin wrote:
Why would you move to Lewis county if you could work in Syracuse or Oswego County?
Yea we dont understand this either please elaberate....
Ungrateful

Ithaca, NY

#19 Nov 12, 2012
Pay more attention to the cheap/free food that you're receiving. Maybe this guy is under a lot of stress. Talk to him; maybe he needs to vent! It's almost Thanksgiving. Be thankful for the food you're receiving. Just a thought...

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