Over 20 tons of food go to our neighbors

A second food distribution was conducted Monday, August 31 at the county Fairgrounds in Chatham. As was the case for the first distribution in May, food was supplied by the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, overseen by Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Albany and in cooperation with food pantries in Chatham, Kinderhook and Ghent. According to Catholic Charities Director of Community Services Wilhelmina Murray-Davis, there were 38 volunteers who loaded up 697 cars in two hours between 10 a.m. and noon. The only information asked of each driver was how many people they were collecting for. The number of people for whom food was provided was 1,993. These numbers compare to 60 volunteers in May serving 1,356 people. There were 22 pallets of food on Monday compared to 19 in May. Each pallet weighs about a ton. Photo by David Lee

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