The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Cayuga County recently began donating a portion of a state NAMI grant it received to the county's 12 food pantries, in an attempt to increase awareness and outreach. The organization has already worked with the Auburn Hunger Task Force, the St. Alphonsus Food Pantry and the Calvary Food Pantry to provide NAMI brochures with service information to their clients. The St. Alphonsus Food Pantry, established in 1981 at 85 E. Genesee St., has about 20 volunteers under the direction of Sue Norton. It is open for pickup meals six days a week. People who are food insecure come once a month and receive three meals for three days for each member of their family. As many clients are homeless and consumers of mental health services, Norton makes available to them brochures for just about every community agency in the county. Pictured, from left, are volunteers G. Alamo, L. Giacona, Patti Laird and M. Leonard, and NAMI of Cayuga County Co-Presidents Terri and Bart Wasilenko; Norton is seated in the front. NAMI of Cayuga County will also be providing assistance to the county's remaining food pantries: the Salvation Army, Weedsport Brutus-Sennett Food Pantry, Port Byron Community Food Pantry, Throopsville Community Church Food Pantry, Cato Christian Food Pantry, Fair Haven Community Church Food Cupboard, Moravia Hope Pantry, Union Springs Western Cayuga Food Pantry and King Ferry Food Pantry, as well as the food pantry for students at Cayuga Community College.