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February 26, 2013

Local food pantries serving more households



The Mooers Wesleyan Church Food Pantry also will participate in the Feinstein Challenge, said Co-Director Luanne Willette.

The Food Pantry served 170 families in January and again so far this month, she said; last year, an average 150 families were assisted per month.

To qualify for assistance, people must be residents of the communities of Altona, Mooers, Mooers Forks, Ellenburg, Champlain, Rouses Point, Chazy or West Chazy. 

They must also show proof of residency, such as utility bills or bank statements.

The Food Pantry, located in the community room of Mooers Wesleyan Church, 149 Maple St. in Mooers, is open from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays.

Contributors may donate any kind of boxed or canned foods, including cans of tuna, because the organization can’t afford to buy it anymore, Willette noted.

Monetary donations are also welcome because the organization can stretch its dollars far at the Regional Food Bank in Latham, Willette said.

“We can do very well at the Regional Food Bank,” she said. “I can get a lot of things for 16 cents per pound.”

A lot of recipients of food from the organization are elderly people and parents with young children.

“Our mission statement is to serve the disabled, elderly and low income of the eight (communities),” Willette said.

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