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Willsboro, Essex Food Pantry thankful for community support

Willsboro-Essex Community Food Pantry workers Ashley Blanchard and Bev Moran are joined by Willsboro teacher Marie Blatchley, Superintendent Stephen Broadwell and board member Bruce Hale as the school was one of many groups to donate to the pantry.

Willsboro-Essex Community Food Pantry workers Ashley Blanchard and Bev Moran are joined by Willsboro teacher Marie Blatchley, Superintendent Stephen Broadwell and board member Bruce Hale as the school was one of many groups to donate to the pantry. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

What started as a generous gift has turned into a wave of support for the Willsboro and Essex Community Food Pantry.

Bev Moran, who helps run the pantry out of the Willsboro town offices, said that the pantry has received significant contributions in food and monetary donations since the Valley News article reporting on the donations made to the pantry by Champlain National Bank and NYCO Minerals last month.

“We have had so much in donations since then,” Moran said. “The money and food has been coming in constantly.”

“It has been an excellent show of support from the community,” Ashley Blanchard, who also helps to run the pantry, added. “I think that the donations from the bank and NYCO spurred a whole movement.”

The movement has included thousands in money donations and stocked shelves in the pantry, according to Supervisor Ed Hatch.

“It has been wonderful to see the community support for the pantry,” he said.

Both Moran and Blanchard said that the winter months are busy for the pantry with families faced with a rise in energy costs, especially for heating.

“This time of year is difficult because we do get hit really hard, especially when it gets colder outside,” Blanchard said.

For more information on how to help, contact the food pantry by calling the Willsboro town offices at 963-8668.

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