CORE Federal Credit Union in Morrisville recently donated $1,000 to local food pantries, splitting funds between CazCares and Community Action Partnership’s food pantry programs.
“We had some additional funds left over coming into year end from an unfunded budget item, so we decided to take the opportunity to give back to the community,” said CORE CEO Bill Sweeney. “The idea of where to direct the funds came about when one of our Board of Directors members told us about an article they had read that highlighted the extreme challenges facing area food pantries in today’s challenging economic times.”
Local food drives are a good way for community members to lend a hand to families in their area, but there are holes that need to be filled in order to provide families with well balanced food choices. With cash donations, local pantries are able to work with the Food Bank of CNY to purchase food at a reduced cost compared to what the average person would pay in the grocery store.
CazCares in Cazenovia serves an average of 175 families a month with its food pantry. Client Service Manager Gigi Redmond, of CazCares, said they are usually able to multiply the impact of cash donations by getting bulk food purchases of about $40 of food for a $25 donation.
CAP also serves well over 100 families a month at its pantry in Morrisville. CAP recently decided to unplug one of its freezers because it could not keep a consistent amount of food in it to justify the cost of running it.
With the increase in number of families the pantries serve on a monthly basis, along with the increase in the cost of food and cuts in government funding, the organizations are sometimes forced to make tough decisions to allow them to continue to serve as many families as possible.
The need extends beyond the holiday season. Food pantries are hit hard in the summer as well. Families facing financial challenges that have school age children who usually eat breakfast and lunch at school often find it difficult to provide these added meals for their children during summer break.
Any individuals, groups, organizations, or companies that would like to find out how they can help may contact the Community Action Partnership at 684-3144 or CazCares at 655-3174 for more information.