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Ticonderoga Food Pantry wins ‘Wing War’

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Ticonderoga restaurant took part in the “Wing War” at the Knights of Columbus recently to raise money for the Ticonderoga Food Pantry. From left are John Williams, a pantry volunteer; Emma Williams, a pantry volunteer, John Bartlett; Margaret Beuerlein, pantry director; Rollin Slattery, grand knight; and John Blanchard, Knight’s treasurer.

Ticonderoga restaurant took part in the “Wing War” at the Knights of Columbus recently to raise money for the Ticonderoga Food Pantry. From left are John Williams, a pantry volunteer; Emma Williams, a pantry volunteer, John Bartlett; Margaret Beuerlein, pantry director; Rollin Slattery, grand knight; and John Blanchard, Knight’s treasurer.

— “We’re coming into the holidays and, of course, the heating season,” she said. “When people have to heat their homes that leaves less money for food. That’s when they turn to us. We’re fairly well-stocked right now, but it goes quickly.”

Beuerlein said the Ti pantry now serves up to 100 families a month.

“We used to get about 30 families a month,” she said. “That was considered a big month.”

The “Wing War” donation will be used by pantry staff to purchase food from the Northeast Regional Food Bank.

Beuerlein noted the cost of food and mandates that the pantry offer low-sodium items is putting pressure on local volunteers.

“The price of food has gone up and the low-sodium items are much more expensive than regular foods,” she said. “We shop for the best deals we can find and we still use coupons, but the money just doesn’t go as far as it used to.”

The Ti Food Pantry meets the needs of the less fortunate thanks to the community, Beuerlein said.

“Community support for the food pantry is phenomenal,” she said. “The community is always there to help us.”

One of the largest benefits for the local food shelf is the annual visit of the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train. This year the train is scheduled to visit Ticonderoga Friday, Nov. 30, at 4 p.m.

Each year Canadian Pacific makes a cash donation to the food pantry and asks those turning out for the train to make a non-perishable food item donation. Ti Food Pantry volunteers collect the donations and take them to the pantry.

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