Eileen Tobin, coordinator of the Food Pantry at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Old Forge, has released her annual report which reflects the assistance given to the community from November 2012 through November 2013.
Her report shows the need in the area for this resource which is made entirely possible through the cooperation of various organizations and the generosity of the community.
Tobin said that 313 households utilized the pantry, 398 adults, 76 elderly, and 211 children. A total of 9,055 meals were provided.
Though the Food Pantry is operating at a slight deficit, she said it has managed to meet any needs that have arisen.
The Food Pantry remains in operation due to the efforts of a team of volunteers who bring in food, organize it, package it, coordinate donations from other organizations and go out into the community and ask for assistance. They sometimes deliver to those who are unable to come to the Pantry on their own.
“We are so very grateful to all those who have helped keep the Pantry running. Many hands make light work..there are so many who have given their time. Thank you for your generosity,” Tobin said.
Donations of undented canned foods, boxed items such as rice, macaroni products, sugar, coffee, flour, spaghetti sauce, powdered milk and paper products are greatly appreciated at the Pantry.
Items can be left inside the entry of St. Bartholomew’s in a basket that is labeled “For the Food Pantry.” The church is located on the corner of Crosby Blvd. and Park Ave.