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Benefit to assist Ti, Hague food pantries

TICONDEROGA - A benefit is planned to assist the Ticonderoga and Hague food pantries.

The event will be Friday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. at the EMA Club in Ticonderoga.

There will be live music by Calamity Rock, featuring Tom Denno Sr., Tom Denno Jr., Steve True and James Braisted. The band will donate its talents.

The EMA will provide free hors d'oeuvres.

There will be a cover charge of canned or dry goods, cereals, jams, canned juice, paper products, soaps, detergents or shampoos.

"Guests can bring as much as they would like to donate," said Erica Braisted, who is organizing the event. "They can also make a monetary donation that the Ticonderoga Food Pantry will use to buy food from a regional food bank.

"There are a lot of families that need to use the food pantry as a supplement," she added. "After all this cold weather and high cost of fuel there may be even more people in need."

The Ticonderoga Food Pantry is in need of dry and canned goods, pasta, cereals, soaps, detergents, shampoo and paper products.

The Hague Food pantry needs canned vegetables and fruits, paper products, jelly, jams and tuna.

The Ticonderoga Food Pantry now serves 85-100 families a month.

Located in the basement of the First United Methodist Church at 1045 Wicker St., the pantry is sponsored by the Ticonderoga Area Clergy Association. It's a non-denominational service open 11 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The pantry is open to Ticonderoga and Putnam residents and follows federal income guidelines. Those guidelines start at $20,000 a year for a single person and go up to $68,000 for a family of eight. All food pantry information is strictly confidential.

People can come to the pantry once a month to get three days - nine meals - food.

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