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Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies collecting food for those in need

FULTONVILLE — The members of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office are giving back to the community in more ways than one as they continue their daily patrols while collecting food donations to give to local food banks to help aid those impacted by COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a press release, to help families who are out of work, and while stores struggle to keep shelves stocked and as the COVID-19 virus continues to affect everyday life, the sheriff’s office will offer assistance by collecting non-perishable food and pet food items to deliver and donate to local food banks and animal shelters for distribution.

“During this time we know people can’t get around like they normally would,” said Montgomery County Sheriff Jeff Smith, speaking about people staying home more and social distancing. “And we know people are not working or receiving paychecks, and restaurants are closed because they’re not receiving business.”

The sheriff’s office is asking community members to make donations for deputies on patrol to collect and distribute to the food banks and animal shelters.

Anyone who would like to donate can either email the sheriff’s office at foodbankdonation@sheriff.montgomery.ny.us or call at (518) 853-5500. When calling the sheriff’s office, those interested in donating should give their address so deputies on patrol know where to collect the food.

When making donations, community members can place their items in either a box or bag at the end of their driveway or sidewalk with a donation note. This way there is no person-to-person contact, and deputies can continue to practice social distancing.

“Why not utilize patrol staff who are already out to assist,” Smith said. “We’re not violating any social distancing guidelines this way.”

According to the press release, once the sheriff’s office has locations of where to collect food donations, patrol staff will be assigned daily to make their way to those locations while on patrol to pick up the items. When picking up the items, they will hit the horn or siren to say “thank you.” The sheriff’s office encourages people to wave out their windows to say “hi.”

There are no exact pickup times, as staff is still responding to police calls. They will make their way to locations while on their routine patrol.

All items collected will be stored at the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office until the food banks or animal shelters in need can be determined and they can make the delivery.

“It’s a great way to help the community,” Smith said.

Anyone with questions may contact the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

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