Quandt said the gift cards will help families with special food needs mostly.
"There's always families with specific needs that the food pantry cannot address," said Quandt. "Maybe they need diapers instead of food, or they have dietary restrictions that the pantry cannot address."
For those families, gift cards in the amount of $5 will be distributed through the pantry. Quandt also said that just because the gift cards are made out in the amount of $5 each does not mean a family receiving them would only receive a $5 gift card, and that if a pantry decides a family needs more, they can give multiple gift cards.
Morgan said Hannaford was happy to be able to support the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York because the chain has worked with them before and has seen the impact the food bank has on the community.
"They're just a great partner, and we collaborate with them on a number of issues," said Morgan. "It just makes sense to work with them and we know the food and resources will filter down into the smaller communities."
While the food bank is always looking for donations, Quandt said the Hannaford donation should have an impact on many families throughout the 23 counties it services in northeastern New York, and that the goal is always to help as many families as possible.
If you would like to make a donation to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, call 786-3691.