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Food Pantry visits up in time of need

I hear many inspiring ways that people give to others during the holidays. Many join with friends and adopt a family in need through area churches and food banks. Others work at the local soup kitchens, and donate their time and talents to cooking, cleaning and serving meals. Many help organize free holiday dinners for people who otherwise would have gone without. Others bring bags of non-perishables to their nearby pantry. Others scan the coupon for the Food Bank at the store to be added to their total grocery bill. With the holidays upon us, I'm sure many of you have started making out your holiday shopping lists. I wanted to remind you of the good local food pantries do for the people they reach, so perhaps they could be added to your list of holiday considerations. Many would go hungry if it weren't for the generosity of donations, especially those received during this time of year.

There are 21 registered food pantry sites in Oswego County. Click on the link at the top which says "get help." In Onondaga County, there are 90 registered food pantries. Addresses and phone numbers can be located at www.foodbank.org. To talk to someone at the Food Bank of Central New York for information on a food pantry near you, call (315) 437-1899 or (800) 444-1562.

If you have any questions or comments on this or any other state issue, or if you would like to be added to my mailing list or receive my newsletter, please contact my office. My office can be reached by mail at 200 North Second Street, Fulton, New York 13069, by e-mail at barclaw@assembly.state.ny.us or by calling (315) 598-5185.

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