Murray said there has not been a problem getting orders from the regional food bank this year. However, she said donations are down.
“I really don’t know why. I don’t have a figure, but our bank account is lower than it has ever been at this time of year,” she said.
As a result, Murray said, slightly less food is being given away to clients.
“We continue to give five days worth of food, three meals a day, for every person in the household. We just had to change our food distribution guidelines a bit,” she said.
On a more-positive note, Murray said the Scriven Foundation is offering a matching grant for the month of December. This is the fourth year the foundation has matched dollar-for-dollar donations to the pantry for a total grant of $5,000.
Tax deductible donations may be mailed to The Cooperstown Food Pantry 25 Church Street Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Another positive this year is the donation by Chobani Yogurt of as much yogurt as can be distributed, Murray said.
“We provide two servings to every person,” she said.
Thanks to a grant from the Cooperstown Rotary Club, the pantry was able to buy a refrigerator to store the yogurt. Murray said clients get a voucher when visiting the pantry to be able to go to Tops Market to get a dozen eggs and milk since they do not have the resources to store and keep those items cold.
Tops Market donated 100 turkeys, stuffing and vegetables to be distributed over Thanksgiving, according to Murray. She said a volunteer goes to Price Chopper to get day-old baked goods every day.
“That really helps,” she said.
“We also have a collaborative effort going with the Cooperstown Food Market,” Murray added. “We have been giving out vouchers for fresh food for a while.”