Posted at: 09/10/2012 6:25 PM
| Updated at: 09/10/2012 6:26 PM
By: Mark Mulholland
SARATOGA SPRINGS - There's not much to put in the bags at Saratoga County food pantries these days.
"Everything is needed most right now. Peanut butter, tuna fish, jelly. Things families can make school lunches with," said Lillian McCarthy,of the Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council.
The Saratoga County E.O.C. is a safety net for the area's poor and hungry. And lately, there've been more hungry than ever before.
August was the single busiest month on record for the EOC's food pantry. They provided food to more than one-thousand hungry people.
So that's where state lawmakers come in.
"We all have to contribute. We all have to pay it forward," said Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, R - Schenectady.
They're asking the public to commemorate the 11th anniversary of the attacks of 9-11, by donating food to their local pantry.
"One way to remember all of those who gave so much on September 11th, 2001, is make a donation to your local food pantry," said Assemblyman Tony Jordan, R - Jackson.
The idea of a week-long food drive was Jordan's idea and he asked his colleagues to join in.
They're urging people to drop off non-perishable food to their offices and they'll get it to the pantries.
"When there are family members from New York and U.S.A. in need, we should be there to help in any way we can," Tedisco said.
And the pantries will make sure it gets in the bags of those who need it.