New Hartford Food Pantry— Haul Out Hunger
“It’s not uncommon for families to come for help just a few times a year,” said Beverly Maas of the New Hartford Food Pantry. “It’s really encouraging when we help get a family back on their feet.”
According to Bev, one of the main misconceptions about food pantries is that the families who seek help are not working, but in reality they are some of the hardest working people she knows.
“Most of our clients work not just one, but two jobs and are putting in 60+ hours a week,” she said. “To say that they are getting handouts just isn't true. Sometimes people fall on tough times and can use a helping hand. That's where we step in to help."
Like many food pantries, New Hartford's can be found in a local church, specifically the United Methodist Church on Oneida Street.
"We're here for families on an as-needed basis, but most come through once a month to get the items that their household needs,” explained Bev. “Whether it's soap and shampoo or pasta and peanut butter, we have a variety of items for them to take home."
Our Haul Out Hunger crew helped Bev unload three cases into the pantry's remaining freezer space and the smile on her face seemed to grow bigger as loin-after-loin was loaded into the freezer. Each loin weighs 5-7 pounds and will yield 18-4 ounce servings of pork.
"The best thing about these pork loins is that they are just so big," she exclaimed.” I'm always so pleasantly surprised at how large they are. Our clients are going to be able to make these loins stretch for several meals which is really the best part of all.”