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ARC gives back to the community

From left to right, Donald Gougeon, April Veach and Emerson Bernard, all individuals served by ARC, unload food at the Plattsburgh Interfaith Food Shelf.

From left to right, Donald Gougeon, April Veach and Emerson Bernard, all individuals served by ARC, unload food at the Plattsburgh Interfaith Food Shelf. Photo by Stephen Bartlett.

The group serves more than 500 families per month, and last year gave out roughly 101 tons of food.

“We spend around $10,000 a month on food,” Latta said. “We usually order 15,000 to 18,000 pounds a month.”

Every bit of food that is donated is food that does not have to be purchased.

Latta was overjoyed with the ARC donation.

“It is tremendous,” she said. “That is a huge amount of food.”

Elizabeth Siskavich, an employee at ARC, explained that the effort is a way for individuals served by ARC to give back to the community and become more integrated.

They brought boxes to collect food to various businesses, some of which they already volunteer at. They later collected all the food.

“We want them to be seen as respected community members and to build relationships,” Siskavich said.

April Veach felt part of the community. She enjoyed the endeavor.

“I like helping people,” Veach said. “It’s the right thing to do.”

Emerson Bernard liked helping as well. He grinned the entire time he unloaded food from the truck.

“It’s helping somebody who really needs help,” Bernard said. “My mother did it at the Salvation Army when she washed pots and pans.”

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