“If we have a lot, they can take a lot; if we’re limited, we hand it out, because people will come and just grab because, you know, they’re hungry. We share what we have,” Hobbs said.
“We have some people that come in and take anything, anything that you’ll give them. They’re in need.”
The Food Shelf has had to modify its distribution policies to support the increased demand.
“We used to give like mayonnaise and coffee and tea ... ketchup, but we can’t do that anymore because we don’t have the funds, so it’s mostly canned fruits and vegetables that we give and the breads that we get,” Hobbs said.
GARDENERS CAN HELP
Organizers of the outreach, which is dependent on individual contributions of food, money and volunteer time, are asking for donations, particularly from gardeners.
“Right now, we’re looking for fresh fruits and vegetables from the garden,” said Hobbs, adding that they’re thankful for regular donations from the likes of Giroux’s Poultry, Shield’s Produce and Stewart’s Shops.
“It’s getting toward the end of the gardening season, so if you have surplus, please bring the excess to us.
“I know I can’t use all the cucumbers I’ve been getting, so I’ve been bringing my cucumbers in and, you know, a lot of people will do that rather than leave them and let them spoil.”
Unexpired food can be dropped off during regular Food Shelf hours.
“We’re looking for donations of anything that people want to donate: money, food supplies, anything,” Hobbs said. “Anytime they’ve got anything in excess, remember the food shelf. There are a lot of hungry people.”
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The Plattsburgh Interfaith Food Shelf is located within the Plattsburgh United Methodist Church at 127 Beekman St., Plattsburgh.
Hours are from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday as well as 4 to 6 p.m. Friday.
To volunteer or for questions, call 562-3663.