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  • Food Bank of the Southern Tier comes to Cohocton

  • Cohocton Community Food Pantry received its first shipment of food from Food Bank of the Southern Tier on Feb. 1.

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  • Cohocton Community Food Pantry received its first shipment of food from Food Bank of the Southern Tier on Feb. 1.
    The Cohocton pantry has been associated with Elmira-based Food Bank of the Southern Tier since Jan. 1.
    Margie Adams, pantry coordinator, first began this effort as an independent food bank in June. Donations of food started coming in from area residents, churches and community organizations. In addition, Holy Family Catholic Community donated to the pantry the use of Sturmer Hall behind St. Pius Church, and shelves were donated by Five Star Bank of Wayland.
    “As of July 1 we started opening it to the public to come in, just to Cohocton residents,”?Adams said.
    “If anybody comes from outside [Cohocton] we can service them one time and then let them know of a food pantry in their area.”
    The pantry is a result of Cohocton Community Pride, a grassroots effort initiated by Adams to make a positive change in the community.
    A food pantry was one of the items on the list, and is the first endeavor that came out of the Pride meetings.
    Food Bank of the Southern Tier required that the pantry be in operation for at least three months before it added Cohocton to their network.
    The Cohocton pantry has between 30 to 35 volunteers; and as of Feb. 1, has 38?families registered to utilize the food pantry.
    There is no income eligibility to use the pantry, only proof of residency.
    Until Feb. 1, all of the food stocked in the pantry came from local donations. Now, being registered with Food Bank of the Southern Tier, the pantry receives shipments from them as well as from donations. Hours of pickup are from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. every first and third Wednesday. Clients are asked to make use of the pantry only once per month to ensure others an opportunity.
    It’s first shipment from Food Bank of the Southern Tier entailed more than 1,000 pounds of food.
    “Our shelves were never that full before,”?Adams said.
    The amount of food an individual or family receives is intended to be an emergency supply to get them through three days. Adams said that although she is grateful to Holy Family for use of Sturmer Hall, the pantry is a little crowded now, and she is looking for a more spacious storage area. She is also looking for a refrigerator and freezer to store cold items.
    “So, we’re going to need some donations and fundraising to be able to either build a bigger building or purchase someplace.”
    In the near future, the Cohocton food pantry can look into grants because of its association with Food Bank of the Southern Tier. This will help subsidize some of its financial needs.
    Page 2 of 2 - But still, community monetary and food donations are always accepted, Karen McNamara,?public relations coordinator and board member for the pantry, said.
    She also said new clients are always welcome. They will just need to show proof of address.
    Food Bank of the Southern Tier will be bringing a mobile food truck to the St. Pius parking lot on Maple Ave. from 12 to 2 p.m. on Feb. 29.
    This is different from the regular pantry in that food items will be distributed directly out of the truck.
    No preregistration is required for the truck.

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