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The Telegram
  • Food pantries receive a gift

  • Six of Herkimer County’s food pantries received an early Christmas gift Thursday, as the Herkimer County Hunger Coalition deposited $1,000 into each pantry’s account with the Food Bank of Central New York.

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  • Six of Herkimer County’s food pantries received an early Christmas gift Thursday, as the Herkimer County Hunger Coalition deposited $1,000 into each pantry’s account with the Food Bank of Central New York.
    In addition to making contributions to the Dolgeville, Frankfort-Ilion, Herkimer-Mohawk, Kuyahoora, Little Falls and Van Hornesville food pantries, the hunger coalition made matching donations to the West Winfield and Old Forge food pantries and to the Herkimer Reformed Church and Salvation Army hot meal programs.
    “During the difficult winter months ahead, these donations will help relieve some pressure on these hard-working, extremely effective county food distributions,” said hunger coalition director Ray Lenarcic.
    The coalition also recently matched the $400 raised by children at West Canada Valley Elementary School for the Kuyahoora Food Pantry. “We feel the match is appropriate to both help one of the finest operations in the state, and to illustrate to the children how their benevolence can pay several dividends,” said Lenarcic.
    In 2010, the hunger coalition will match, up to $500, similar efforts at other county schools.
    Lenarcic added that one of the reasons that Herkimer County’s food pantries have been so successful is the food drives conducted at area schools and donations raised by students.
    “The darker it gets, the more people give,” said John Macrina of the Herkimer-Mohawk Food Pantry. “It always seems to go that way in the Mohawk Valley. During and after the Depression people gave what they could spare, and now it’s their children who are giving. The darker it gets, the more people give. I’ve found that to be true.”
    “People give because they know where their money is going,” said Sue Tucker of the Little Falls Food Pantry.
    “We thank our incredibly generous supporters whose donations enable us to continue to meet our primary objective of ‘serving so none shall go hungry,’” said Lenarcic. “And we encourage the public to continue to support their local pantries in 2010 by participating in the most productive stimulus package around — every dollar donated to the Food Bank of Central New York generates $10 worth of food. Unlike the $700 billion TARP farce last year, you know where our dollars go — to feed people, especially children, in need to the tune of over 500,000 meals distributed in this county in 2009.”
    It was also announced Thursday that the Frankfort-Ilion chapter of the hunger coalition has been named after the late John Piseck, Sr. and that the Gram Lorraine chapters in Frankfort and Ilion have been renamed in the memory of Angelo Riente and Jody Lynn (Tanner) Karla, respectively. In addition, Lenarcic announced that the coalition donated $1,000 raised at last Sunday’s Christmas concert to Operation Sunshine, specifically to Catholic Charities of Herkimer County’s effort to provide food baskets to area families in need this Christmas.
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