Crown Point There are major changes at the Crown Point Food Pantry.
The pantry, located at the Crown Point Methodist Church on Creek Road, is now open Thursdays 9 a.m. to noon. The pantry had been open only by appointment.
“By doing this we will be able to supply perishable items like milk, eggs and bread, which we have been unable to do in the past,” explained Kathleen Hyatt, pantry vice president. “We hope that with this new format we will be able to reach out to more families in need of help.”
The pantry also has a new board and a new look.
The reorganized volunteer board includes Patricia Sawyer as president, Hyatt as vice president, Carol Patnode as treasurer, JoAnne Betit as secretary and Candyce Harrington.
Those volunteers and others have given the pantry a new beginning.
“At the beginning of September the committee did a thorough cleaning of the facility and discarded any outdated items,” Hyatt said.
Unlike some neighboring food pantries, the Crown Point Food Pantry is fully stocked.
“We have always had enough food to supply our patrons,” Hyatt said. “The pantry is now being restocked, in part by the efforts of the food drive sponsored by the Crown Point Relay for Life and the Ticonderoga Girl Scouts. Other organizations will be heading food drives later this fall. Many thanks to those who helped, and will be helping, with this effort to keep the food pantry well supplied.”
Of course, the pantry always welcomes donations.
“The pantry relies on donations from members of the community and food drives sponsored by local organizations,” Hyatt said. “However, we also receive some donations from other sources such as the Gabriel Foundation and the Crop Walk. These moneys are used to fill in needed items that are not donated, and also to purchase the perishable items that will be available on Thursday mornings.”
In case of an emergency need for food or for information about the food pantry call 597-3927 or 597-3225.
Donations of food items may be brought in on Thursday mornings. Anyone wishing to make a monetary donation to the Crown Point Community Food Pantry may send it to Carol Patnode at 1856 Creek Road, Crown Point.