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March 28, 2014

Grassroots event feeds the spirit

PLATTSBURGH — “The Grateful Fed: Sharing Our Abundance Spring Show” offers food for the soul Saturday afternoon at the Elks Lodge in Plattsburgh.

The lineup for the Plattsburgh Interfaith Food Shelf benefit includes Sweet Adelines, Rachelle Armstrong and Hap Wheeler, Center Stage Dancers, Liesa and the Masouda Dance Ensemble, Tim Hartnett and Julie Canepa.

“Grateful Fed, the name came from Tim Hartnett and the committee agreed upon it,” said the Rev. Gregory R. Huth, event chair and pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Plattsburgh.

“The subtitle is ‘Sharing Our Abundance’ because most people don’t have to worry about food. Those of us who are blessed with abundance can share and help out people who are using the Food Shelf. It’s a growing number of people. Over 7,000 families last year were served.”

‘SEEING MORE PEOPLE’

“The Grateful Fed” is an all-volunteer event.

“The Food Shelf is all run by volunteers including Dorothy (Latta, Food Shelf director),” Huth said. “All the talent is volunteer. They are donating the use of the Elks Club for free. It’s just a grassroots-committee function.”

In the first quarter of 2014, the number of households using the Food Shelf has remained at a level similar to last year.

“But we’re seeing more people,” Latta said. “In January, we were extremely busy. We have three fewer households but 80 more people. People are living with each other now. We’re seeing more and more people are moving in with other family members and other people. We speculate for different reasons but we don’t know.

“I would say we’re still seeing a great need in the North Country.”

Food Shelf patronage decreased in February, a pattern seen last year also.

GIVING BACK

Saturday’s event began with a discussion of how to raise money.

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