Fridge donation enhances E'town food shelf operations

ELIZABETHTOWN Operations at the Elizabethtown Food Shelf got a boost recently from the outreach efforts of a local business. After hearing a presentation by food shelf volunteer Marilyn Jordan at an Elizabethtown Kiwanis Club meeting, Champlain National Bank Elizabethtown Branch Manager Nancy McDowell decided to help out. During her presentation, Jordan explained the food shelf was unable to accept items in need of refrigeration since the shelf didnt have a fridge. McDowell decided to help out by seeing if CNB could donate one. Three days later, Jordan received a call saying a refrigerator would be donated. The bank paid for a $285 appliance, which was purchased at-cost from Wilsons Appliances of Plattsburgh. I hope it raises awareness so there are no food shortages, and donations increase, said McDowell. We had a freezer for a long time, but never a fridge, said Jordan. She explained the fridge would enable the shelf to accept and distribute items like bread, cheese, milk, yogurt and fresh produce. The food shelf is open Monday and Thursday evenings from 5-7 p.m. The ecumenical shelf is located at the Church of the Good Shepherd Parish Hall, and run by volunteers. Five local churches contribute to its operation. Jordan said there has been an increase in food shelf utilization since November, likely due to the increases in food prices. Most of the people who make use of the service are from Elizabethtown, Lewis and New Russia. Last year, the shelf distributed 10,000 pounds of food. The service is completely confidential, and people can use it without affecting food stamp or other government benefits. Donations are always appreciated, Jordan added, whether financial or food. For information, call 873-6521 and leave a message.

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