Amsterdam announces details for food distribution event amid COVID-19 crisis

City teaming with Regional Food Bank to distribute 40,000 pounds of food on Friday at Veteran's Field
Volunteer Jim Natole hands out food during a food distribution event on March 27 in Amsterdam.
Volunteer Jim Natole hands out food during a food distribution event on March 27 in Amsterdam.

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AMSTERDAM — The city of Amsterdam, in conjunction with the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, the New York National Guard and the Montgomery County Emergency Management Office, will be holding a food distribution for city residents this Friday at Veteran’s Field on Locust Avenue. 

The distribution will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will last until all food has been handed out.

“As this pandemic wears on, it continues to cause increasing stresses on the families of our city,” Amsterdam Mayor Michael Cinquanti said in a press release announcing the distribution. “This is why we are very excited to have this second opportunity to do a major free food distribution for our citizens. We are also extremely pleased and grateful to have the New York National Guard serve as the sorters and packers for this next distribution. They’ve done this same thing before for other communities and have protocols in place to make sure all required social distancing and PPE [personal protective equipment] requirements are followed.”


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Amsterdam held a food distribution event in late March, providing food to more than 500 families.

This food distribution is one of many efforts the city is undertaking to help its residents through this uncertain time. The Regional Food Bank is set to provide 20 pallets of food, which will allow the city to help over 1,200 families in need. More than 40,000 pounds of food will be distributed.

Coordination between the Montgomery County Emergency Management Office and the New York National Guard will allow residents to pick up their food while staying in their cars. The drive-in, pick-up station will be located in the upper parking lot on the Locust Avenue side of Veteran’s Field. 

To ensure the safety of everyone involved, a full range of coronavirus protective measures will be taken and strict social distancing rules will be followed at all times. Those residents planning to pick up food at this event are asked not to arrive at Veterans Field before the 9:30 a.m. start time. Any vehicles arriving before that time will not be permitted access and will be directed to leave the area by the Amsterdam Police Department. 

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