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Free food pantry open on Monday

GLOVERSVILLE — The North Main Street United Methodist Church, 316 N. Main St., will be holding its 12th free food pantry for the year from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, according to a news release.

Even during the times of COVID-19, the food pantry has continued to be a community outreach for the city and has been open every month during the pandemic. The pantry is located in the former Parsonage Building next to the church.

The pantry has no questions asked other than “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. During this food pantry, the food has been pre-bagged instead of being an open choice pantry which is done for the safety of the volunteers and the clients. Also the pantry has a pet food pantry as the church considers pets important to families especially during this time when many people have to stay at home.

A Christmas style dinner will be given this year at the food pantry with a ham with the items that are traditional for a Christmas dinner.

The food pantry is funded by the members of the church, other community members, as well as small grants that the pantry receives. Together with the food pantry, a free bagged lunch is given to the people who attend the pantry each month. Unlike the food pantry which is once a month, the free lunch is offered every Monday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and has continued to operate as a take out only throughout the pandemic.

During the winter months, hot soup or sandwiches will be offered. For more information, call (518) 725-7323. If anyone wants to donate to the pantry or the free lunch, mail to: 316 N. Main St., Gloversville. As winter approaches there will be a greater need in the area and NMSUMC appreciates any help received for this mission. All volunteers have to take mandatory training and all social distancing and face mask wearing is enforced.

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