Tough economic times has affected all of us. Many residents of Mellenville and Philmont find they must accept the help that the Food Pantry can offer. Last month the pantry provided food for 80 different families consisting of 78 children, 68 adults, 50 elderly. Since 2006, the number being served has increased 30 percent with the number of children served has increased over 100 percent.
The local pantry is supported by grants, but mainly by food donations from local church groups, food drives at the library and at schools, and cash donations from individuals and businesses. This year a church group is giving their weight in foods and dividing the donations between three food pantries (with Mellenville-Philmont being one) and the Hudson Weight Watchers participants are donating food equally the pounds they have lost to a couple of local pantries. A recent grant has provided the pantry with a new refrigerator and a new upright freezer, allowing the distribution of refrigerated items. The Farm at Miller's Crossing
will be providing fresh food items to the Food Pantry for distribution to needy families.
How can you help?
- Food donations. Especially needed: pancake mix, syrup, soups, canned spaghetti or ravioli, tunafish, canned fruits and vegetables, spaghetti sauce and pasta, and cereal.
- Cash donations. This allows the pantry to fill in with items that are lacking on the shelves. Checks can be written to the Mellenville-Philmont Food Pantry and dropped off at the Philmont Public Library or the Claverack Town Offices on Church Street.
- Another way of giving to the local food pantry is to send a check to the Regional Food Bank, with Mellenville-Philmont in the “memo” space. The amount of your contribution will be credited to the local pantry and can be used only by that pantry to purchase food at a reduced rate from the Regional Food Bank. These checks can be dropped off at the library or at the town office or mailed to Regional Food Bank of NENY, 965 Albany-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110.
- Another unique way is to purchase from the Food Coop that is sponsored by the Philmont Community Center. The PCC will be donating 6 percent of the total sales to the Mellenville-Philmont Food Pantry during October. Order forms can be found at the Town of Claverack offices, the Philmont Village Office, the Philmont Public Library, the Philmont Post Office or online at ncvfoods.com. New Country Value Foods also accepts food stamps for food orders. Orders must be turned in by October 6 for a pick-up date of October 13 at the PCC on Lake Drive from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Click here to view the NCV October menu. If you would like to order but would have a problem with pick-up times, contact the Philmont Community Center at 672-4849.
Please check expiration dates before bringing the donations. Cash donations are always helpful. The pantry is located in the Town Office Building at 91 Church Street. It is open from 10 to 12 on Tuesdays. Starting in October, the pantry will be open from 5:30 to 7 on Tuesday evenings. Applications for food assistance are available at the pantry and can be filled out during open hours. Questions can be address to the Co-Chairs, Mary Jean Hoose and Janice Anderson.