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Bagging an end to hunger

Niskayuna Co-op to hold fundraiser for SICM summer lunch program

Children learn how to make some big bubbles from Scotia-Glenville Children’s Traveling Museum teachers on Monday, July 2, at Jerry Burrell Park in Schenectady.

Children learn how to make some big bubbles from Scotia-Glenville Children’s Traveling Museum teachers on Monday, July 2, at Jerry Burrell Park in Schenectady. Submitted photo

— Mattis said the Niskayuna Co-op is a strong partner of SICM summer lunch program and food pantry. She said the market continuously has boxes near checkout counters and at least every week she said the store sends over a couple boxes filled with food to its pantry.

SICM changed its pantry offerings around a year ago, and allowed people use of its pantry once a month instead of six times per year.

Last month, SICM saw a record number of people coming to its pantry, with 1,375 households being served. The highest number of households previously served in any month was 1,293, which included more than 1,700 children. The total number of households served in 2011 was 13,782, slightly more than the 13,238 households served in 2010.

“We continue to do fundraising and have generous support from people but added things like this at the co-op will help us a lot,” said Mattis.

She said the pantry serves around 70 percent of people needing food in the county, so it would leave a big gap if it ever stopped running.

“There are a few other pantries around the city, but they are much, much smaller than we are,” she said. “You would have a lot more people going hungry and a lot more people having harder choices to face.”

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