Diane Redman, food pantry volunteer, and Sue Morse, food pantry manager, stock freshly donated non-perishable food items in the Moriah Food Pantry. The pantry is located in the basement of All Saint’s Church in Mineville.
The Moriah Food Pantry is seeing major cutbacks to its donations and increased number of patrons this year. After storms devastated parts of the North Country and a downward economy, the food pantry is left with less resources on the shelves.
“We are currently in need of food as our supplies are very low and there has been an increase in applicants. Unfortunately, the many weather disasters of the past few months have caused a sharp decrease in government commodities,” Diane Redman, volunteer for the Moriah Food Pantry, said in a press release.
Sue Morse, manager of the Moriah food pantry, said last year the pantry purchased up to 50,000 pounds of food with money donated and through grants the pantry has received. This year she worries the funds won’t be coming in from the state to meet the demands of the pantry.
“I am applying for whatever grants are available, written to local politicians to see if there is anything out there for local emergency food shelves, collected bottles for redemption centers and posted food boxes outside local markets, doing everything we can and hoping it will help,” Morse said.
Last year the pantry served about 1,000 families regularly. This year Morse said the demand for assistance has risen about 25 percent, and money available has dropped significantly.
“Due to economic crisis we have seen an increase in the number of families we serve to and due to cut backs for grants and FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) funds being needed in so many places it makes it hard to survive,” Morse said.
Though the times are difficult, Morse said she can’t thank the people who help by giving time, money and food donations enough and continues to give thanks to those individuals and organizations that continue to donate and give what they can for the food pantry.
“We are in dire need, but we are so grateful to all those that continue to help us in anyway they can. It is truly a wonderful thing to see,” Morse said. “It will tug at your heart to see people in such need, but the people are so grateful and it feels good to be able to help.”
The food pantry is open once a week, every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon. Anyone interested in receiving aid from the pantry should show proof of residency.
To make a donation to the Moriah Food Pantry, checks can be sent or dropped off at the town hall, 14 Park Place, Port Henry 12974. To learn more about making a donation to the Moriah Food Pantry for for information on receiving aid call Redman 546-3378.
“When the community helps it is a snowball effect, We’re very lucky and grateful to the town,” Redman said. “The food pantry is possible because of people who donate.”