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Champlain National, NYCO team to help food pantry

Susan Manning of NYCO, left, abd Gayle Bridge of Champlain National Bank, right, present checks totaling $3,200 to Ashley Blanchard and Beverly Moran, respectively, town employees who operate the food pantry.

Susan Manning of NYCO, left, abd Gayle Bridge of Champlain National Bank, right, present checks totaling $3,200 to Ashley Blanchard and Beverly Moran, respectively, town employees who operate the food pantry. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— A pair of Willsboro businesses saw a need recently and wanted to help.

In doing so, the Willsboro Food Pantry received a $3,200 donation from Champlain National Bank and NYCO.

“The last couple of weeks, we have had a lot of people come into the pantry and we were low on food,” Beverly Moran, who works the pantry for the town, said.

It was a concern that was voiced over lunch one say at the Sportsmen’s Diner and overheard by Champlain Senior Vice President DaleAnn Bastian.

“She came back and said there was no food at the shelter and asked if we could do anything,” Gayle Bridge, H.R. Director at the bank, said. “Our president, John Cooper, thought that we could partner with some other companies in town, and that was when the call was put into NYCO.”

“It was a no-brainer,” H.R. Manager Susan Manning of NYCO said. “DaleAnn told me the story about the food shelf and I knew that we had done a donation in the past.”

Manning first asked about doing a food drive, but with both feeling that there was not enough time, the option of a cash donation was decided on.

“I said that I would get back to her with a number, and we did,” Manning said.

Champlain National donated $1,200 to the pantry, with NYCO adding $2,000.

“Overall, the support is really great from the community,” Ashley Blanchard, who works the pantry for the town, said. “A lot of people hosts fundraisers, and we appreciate all of the help.”

Blanchard said this is the time of year when need becomes greater at the pantry and she was grateful for the support from the two companies.

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