Demand up at food pantry

To the Times of Ti:

The Ticonderoga Food Pantry has ended summer on a very busy note.

We would like to acknowledge the Dollar Tree, Inc. for a successful food drive held recently, the Ticonderoga Sentinel Grill for selecting our program for a donation from their “give back to the community” project and Eric Rafferty for his organization’s generous donation.

At the end of September, the pantry had offered food to 178 more families than in 2012. This is a 21 percent increase for us, and we took a 10 percent reduction in our annual grant from the Regional Food Bank. The reason: most, if not all, pantries are receiving more requests than last year. We have had to make some cut backs on items we offer, but have tried very hard to be as gentle as possible in doing this, as we know there is a need locally.

We have just been advised the CP Rail Holiday Train will arrive on Nov. 28. The time right now is 3:15 but that may change, the date, however, is set. We hope folks will come out to see this awesome event in between their Thanksgiving activities. This is the 15th year that CP Rail has sponsored the Holiday Train! This event is a great benefit to pantries in all towns where the train stops and the volunteers of the Ticonderoga Food Pantry certainly appreciate their effort and generous donation.

We hope to see our friends and neighbors at the train station on Nov. 28.

M.H. Beuerlein

Food Pantry Director


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