An average of 15,000 pounds of food and personal care items are purchased through the regional food bank and distributed every month, over and above items donated directly by the community, according to Murray.
“Food pantries can stretch donated funds by accessing corporate donations, salvage, and co-op priced items through the Feeding America network of regional food banks,” said Murray.
The Cooperstown Food Pantry is located in the basement of the First Presbyterian Church at 25 Church Street, but plans are being made move it upstairs in 2013, according to Murray.
“A large number of our clients are elderly or disabled, so a first-floor location would be much more convenient,” she said. “Also we have to carry a lot of boxes up and down those stairs. It would be good to eliminate all that work.”
Murray said fundraising and donations will be needed to make the move possible. She said she will be searching for people to donate their time, skills and materials to add to some grant money received to make renovations.
The Cooperstown Food Pantry is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to noon and again from 2 to 4 p.m. It is also open from 10 a.m. to noon the last two Saturdays of the month. No referral of any kind is required to receive assistance.
Donations of non-perishable food items, personal care products and recycled grocery bags are always appreciated. Fruit and garden produce are also accepted. For more information, or to volunteer, call the food pantry at 547-8902.