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Food pantry distributes school items

"This is a lean time for our pantry with school starting up," said Joyce Becker, assistant director for Bethlehem Senior Services.

One reason for the pantry's school-supply drive is because the need is out there.

"It cost a lot of money to get kids started in school," Becker said.

Students from many of the local schools assist the department in sorting and stocking the shelves.

"Students from Ravena-Coeymans, St. Thomas, and Bethlehem P.I.G. (participation in government) students all volunteer and work here," said Vail.

Non-perishable food items such as cans of soup, pasta, peanut butter, cereal and crackers are a portion of what is collected.

"We served a total of 676 individuals last year and over 600 families in the town have used the food pantry since its inception," said Sanders.

If you would like to make a donation to the Bethlehem Food Pantry or the annual school supply drive, items can be dropped off at the Town Hall Senior Services Department, 445 Delaware Ave. between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m, Monday through Friday. The names of people who use the pantry are kept confidential.

For information contact Bethlehem Senior Services, Outreach Department at 439-4955, ext 1173 or 1174.

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