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Salvation Army, Tri-County United Way and Food Bank host third drive thru food pantry distribution

Karen Tararache
Created: May 22, 2020 11:20 PM

WARRENSBURG - "It just shows you that a lot of people really care and they're really willing to give up their time to come and do this," Frank Thomas said, Warren County Board of Supervisors Chair.

Volunteers packed the Warren County Fairgrounds to distribute donated food to four hundred cars that'll feed several hundred more families.

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"There are some organizations like food pantries that are here to pick up too, that are local so you might see a car come through that might be feeding seven families," Duane Vaughn said, Tri-County United Way Executive Director. 

It's the third drive thru pantry distribution organized by the Salvation Army of Glens Falls in partnership with the Tri-County United Way and Regional Food Bank.

"A couple of months ago we were looking at this and saying this could go either way people could either pull together or we could really tear ourselves apart," Assemblyman Dan Stec said.

Rolling up their sleeves and here to help, the North Country community came together Friday, opening the gates an hour early because of the immense turnout.

"It's not just in your urban areas it's dispersed in your more rural areas, and we want to make sure that we're reaching out to everybody," Vaughn said.

The organizations say they'll do their best to continue putting food on the tables of anyone who needs it but they also rely on the public's support.

"Don't be shy, reach out to Warren County or to your local county and say hey, what food pantry needs help, who needs a donation? They're appreciated and they're going to be needed for the foreseeable future so keep that generosity and that good community spirit going," Stec added.


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