The members of Knights of Columbus Council 3525 are banding together to help feed the less fortunate in the Northern Tier.
The local council will host its first Northern Tier Food Drive next Friday, Oct. 14, through Monday, Oct. 17, at the Price Chopper located on U.S. Route 11. Council members behind the effort are hoping to fill a tractor trailer with nonperishable food items collected at the supermarket during the four-day period.
It’s an idea that member Tom Trombley said he borrowed from another organization the other side of Lake Champlain.
“I was at a Price Chopper in Derby, Vt., and they were able to fill a tractor trailer there with a three- or four-day event,” said Trombley, who serves as a manager at the Champlain Price Chopper. “I felt if they can achieve that, we should be able to do the same for our community.”
Trombley then approached the Golub Foundation, which owns the Price Chopper supermarket chain, asking for approval for the fundraiser. And, donning his hat as a member of the Knights of Columbus, he worked with his fellow members to organize the event for the first time, with the idea of it benefitting the Mooers Food Pantry.
The pantry — housed at the Mooers Wesleyan Church on Maple Street in the town of Mooers — has been struggling in recent months to meet demand. What many don’t realize, said pantry volunteer Darcy Castine, is that the pantry serves not just Mooers, but more than 400 families throughout northern Clinton County, including the communities of Mooers, Mooers Forks, Altona, Chazy, West Chazy, Sciota, Champlain, Rouses Point and Ellenburg.
“We see three to five families coming in new each week,” said Castine. “So, we rely on grant money from the New York State Regional Food Bank, about 20 people who continuously donate, and different companies,” she said.
Knowing the pantry serves such a wide area and is in such great demand, members of the local Knights of Columbus said they felt compelled to help.
“We have membership from all of these communities,” said member Richard Favreau, adding that hits home even more with him and his fellow Knights.
“What’s nice about this is it’s helping more than just one town,” said fellow member Chris Trombley, referring to the food drive.
The drive will be held during regular store house Oct. 14 -17, with donations of nonperishable food items and money accepted at the front of the store.
For more information, call Tom Trombley at 572-6743 or Darcy Castine at 578-9544.