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Food pantry continues to help needy

The food handed out to needy families comes from the help of the Regional Food Bank in Latham, which the Mooers Food Pantry became a part of a year ago.

"It's a lot of paperwork and two or three times we tried and gave up," Diane Brooks explained of joining the Regional Food Bank.

However, with the help of her daughter-in-law, Juanita Brooks, who heads another food shelf in New York, they eventually became certified.

"Even though they have a lot of rules and regulations we have to follow ... the good points outweigh the bad," she said. "We couldn't keep going on donations."

The Mooers Food Pantry receives $3,200 every year in grant money from the Regional Food Bank, to help purchase food, which can come from salvage, donation, co-op, or the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

However, despite help from the food bank, the Mooers Food Pantry can always receive help from the community.

"I can't think of anything that we're oversupplied in," Diane Brooks said.

If interested in donating food or money to the food pantry, contributions may be sent to P.O. Box 221, Mooers N.Y. 12958, in care of Pastor John Gillette, Food Shelf.

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