COOPERSTOWN — The Cooperstown Food Pantry will extend its availability beyond Mondays and Wednesdays and be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays starting Friday, May 15. The food pantry at 25 Church St. in Cooperstown serves people in northern Otsego County.
According to a media release, new health and safety-focused procedures have been implemented.
People in need of food assistance should call 607-547-8902 to place orders. Walk-ins will have their orders taken from the porch. Only volunteers and the food pantry director may enter the pantry. Clients may wait outside and food will be packaged for them. Farmers’ market vouchers for the 2020 season are available to pantry guests and will be distributed with food orders.
“The Food Pantry is grateful to the community for its overwhelming support during the crisis,” Executive Director Julia Perdue said in the release. “We are well stocked with food and supplies to meet the evolving needs of our neighbors. We are happy to be able to extend our service hours to include Fridays so that more people can have access to these resources.”
In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of both volunteers and clients, no food donations will be accepted for the time being. Those who would like to support the work of the food pantry may make a donation using PayPal at cooperstownfoodpantry.org or mail a check to the food pantry at 25 Church St., Cooperstown, NY 13326. Also, in an effort to promote social distancing, the pantry is not able to accept any new volunteers at this time.