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Food pantry to be open Nov. 16

GLOVERSVILLE — The North Main Street United Methodist Church, 316 N. Main St., will have its 11th free food pantry for the year from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 16. During the COVID-19, the food pantry continued the community outreach for the city by being open every month, according to a news release.

The pantry started nearly 10 years ago with a shopping cart of food in a space in the church building. The pantry expanded and is housed in the former Parsonage Building next to the church. This year, over 20,000 pounds of food has been distributed to the community.

The only question asked is “how many in your family” in order to allocate the correct amount of food for three days as required by the Regional Food Bank where the pantry purchases some of its food. In the past eight months, food has been pre-bagged instead of being an open choice pantry for the safety of the volunteers and the clients. The Gloversville Stewart’s Shop has donated additionally. The pantry has included pet food as the church considers pets important to families especially during this time when many people have to stay home.

This year a Thanksgiving-style dinner will be given at the food pantry with a choice of ham or pork roast with the traditional Thanksgiving dinner items.

The food pantry is funded by the members of the church, community members, and grants the pantry receives. Along with the food pantry, a free bagged lunch is given to the people who attend the pantry. The food pantry is once a month, the free lunch is offered from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Monday and has operated as a takeout only throughout the pandemic.

For more information, call (518) 725-7323. Those who want to donate to the pantry or the free lunch, can mail to: 316 N. Main St., Gloversville, N.Y. 12078. The church has offered food distribution for two neighborhood engagements in addition to the kids school supply and kids pantry this year. As winter approaches, there will be a greater area need and NMUMC accepts any help for this mission. All volunteers have to take mandatory training and all social distancing and face mask wearing is enforced.

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