NORTH CREEK - The shelves of the Johnsburg Food Pantry were empty just days before Christmas this year. But, on Christmas Eve, Gore Mountain delivered the second half of their food drive just in time to fill the shelves before the holidays.
From Dec. 5-20 Gore Mountain has been deducting $10 from their ticket prices with the donation of one non-perishable food item. This is roughly the 11th year of the program, according to Gore marketing director Emily Stanton.
This year, however, is the first year Gore has taken $20 off their ticket prices for two food items.
"By doubling our discount this year, we also generated twice as much food," said Stanton.
Gore delivered two rounds of donated food to the Johnsburg Food Pantry, totalling well over 7,200 items. Many skiers even donated beyond what would give them a discount on their tickets.
Evelyn Goodspeed has been volunteering at the Johnsburg Food Pantry for more than 20 years and accepted the donation from Gore. She followed in the footsteps of her mother to see the food pantry through changes in locations, and both empty and overflowing shelves.
"She runs the show," said fellow volunteer Anita Abrams.
This year, Goodspeed saw an increase in the need in the surrounding communities and has emptied the shelves of the food pantry several times. Warren County also eliminated the existence of emergency food stamps, encouraging more people to visit the food pantry for assistance.
"Gore's donation is exactly what the shelves need," Goodspeed said. "When the shelves are empty, however, the food is where is needs to be."