Port Henry A Ticonderoga church will give away free food this week.
The Ticonderoga Assembly of God Church will distribute free groceries 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, March 12, at Mountain Time Auctions, 2997 Broad St. in Port Henry.
“We know there is a great need in our area” explained Rick Harker, a church trustee and owner of Mountain Time Furniture. “We feel strongly that we must help people when we can. This is chance to do that.”
Hot and cold box cereal; juices; canned vegetables, meats and fruits; condiments such as mayonnaise, pickles and artificial sweeteners; snacks such as cookies and crackers; boxed dinners and deserts; soups; and drinks will be available.
There are also health and beauty aids, child care items such as diapers, paper products and more.
“Basically, anything you find in a grocery store, we have it,” Harker said. “Most of it is brand name, too.”
The church has 4,000 pounds of food to give away — all of it absolutely free.
The Ticonderoga Assembly of God Church held a similar free food distribution a year ago.
“We had a huge turn out last time,” Harker said. “Since then we’ve had tons of people ask if we could do it again. It’s taken us a while to get the food together, but we have it now.”
No one will be turned away.
“The only requirement is honesty,” Harker stressed. “Hopefully people will take only what they need. We want to serve as many people as possible; we want to help. We can reach more people if people only take what they need.”
There are no geographic boundaries. The only reason the food distribution will be in Port Henry is because of the availability of the Mountain Time facility.
The food is coming from a Christian warehouse, the Compassion Coalition, in Utica that works with churches to distribute groceries to the poor. Church members are asked to volunteer at the warehouse in exchange for the right to purchase the food at a reduced cost, Harker explained.
“All the food has been purchased with donations from church members,” Harker said. “Because we volunteer to work at the Compassion Coalition we can buy the food for about 5-10 cents a pound. We bought this 4,000 pounds for about $600.”
For information call 572-1291.