The Salvation Army and The Tri-County United Way Hosts Drive-Thru Pantry
Neighbors in Need Get Contactless Help in the Midst of COVID Challenge
The Salvation Army
& The Tri County United Way
, in cooperation with Comfort Food Community & the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, are offering a contactless drive-thru food pantry on Thursday, May 7 beginning at 11 AM at the Washington County Fair Grounds Old Schuylerville Rd entrance. The drive-thru pantry is open to anyone in need and meant to ensure everyone has access to necessary supplemental food in the midst of these challenging times.
“New health guidelines coupled with greater need from the general public have required us to find new ways of meeting needs. That’s why the Tri-County United Way is helping with this multiagency collaborative event to help get food to the folks in Washington County,” says Duane Vaughn executive director of the Tri-County United Way “As cars pull up, they’ll be greeted by volunteers ready to place boxes of food in their trunks while supplies last. We anticipate giving away between 500 - 800 boxes of food during the event.”
This effort complements work already being done by The Regional Food Bank’s network of member food pantries county-wide. "The Regional Food Bank of NENY is proud to partner with Comfort Food Community, Tri -County United Way and the Salvation Army to combat the unprecedented rates of food insecurity caused by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis,” says Susan Lintner, Director of Community Impact, Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. “The Drive Thru Pantry is a way to provide essential food to households struggling to access sufficient amounts of healthy foods at this difficult time. By providing food ‘from the truck into the trunk,’ this method minimizes personal contact and optimizes safety for all involved.”
This event is open to anyone in need of food. It is first come, first serve. All volunteers will follow CDC guidelines by wearing appropriate masks and gloves while actively practicing social distancing.