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New food pantry in Rotterdam

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New food pantry in Rotterdam

The food pantry at Trinity Reformed Church.
The food pantry at Trinity Reformed Church.

After I wrote about the expansion of the school backpack program in smaller towns and suburbs, I received a number of emails from readers, telling me about new food pantries and feeding program. 

The school backpack program, for those who don't know, distributes backpacks full of food to needy schoolchildren, who take the bags home to eat and share with their families. 

Last week I learned of another new effort aimed at feeding people in one of Schenectady County's small, rural towns: a new food pantry at Trinity Reformed Church in Rotterdam. 

The pantry will be open once a month, from 10 a.m. to noon on the second Saturday of the month, although the Rev. Jonathan Vanderbeck, a minister at the church, said the hope is to add more hours. 

The pantry won't require IDs or proof of residency. 

This isn't the first food pantry at Trinity Reformed Church — the church hosted a small food pantry about a decade ago. That pantry became the Lighthouse Food Pantry in Duanesburg. 

Colleen Carkner, who chairs Trinity's food pantry committee, said the church sensed that there was a lot of unmet need in the community, which is why it decided to start a new food pantry. 

"I love to feed people — ask my family," Carkner laughed. 

The Trinity food pantry isn't big, but it could make a big difference in the lives of those who use it. 

If you know of any other new pantries or feeding programs, feel free to email me. 

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