Schenectady County COVID-19 Emergency Response Coaltion to Host Drive-Thru Food Pantry Tomorrow

Schenectady County COVID-19 Update

The Schenectady County COVID-19 Emergency Response Coalition will hold a drive-thru food distribution event this Wednesday, April 22, 2020 from 4 to 7pm at Schenectady County Community College, in the back parking lot.

This no-contact, no-cost, food distribution event was set up to provide Schenectady County residents with an additional opportunity to receive fresh produce, dairy and frozen meats along with non-perishable items that can be used to create meals at home.

The event entrance will be along Route 5, from the east via the ramp heading towards Gateway Landing, and from the west from the ramp directly off Route 5 directly after the Western Gateway Bridge, allowing cars to form two separate lines, depending on which entrance ramp they come from. The ramp exiting the College onto Route 5 will be closed. All vehicles will exit through the main lot onto Washington Ave.

Residents who attend the event will be instructed by volunteers to pop open their trunk, and begin going down the line, from one station to the next. Team members at each station will load items into the trunk of each car, allowing residents to stay in their car during the entire process. At the end of the line a volunteer will close the trunk, allowing for a completely contact-free experience.

The drive-thru food pantry is first-come, first-served event; no reservations will be taken. The Coalition asks residents to empty their trunks as much as possible in order to expedite the process allow for ample room for the food.

“This contact-free, drive thru distribution event is another way the Coalition continues to help families in need,” said Anthony Jasenski, Chair of the Schenectady County Legislature. “The hard work our partners and volunteers have put in has made a huge difference to so many families, and allows more people to stay home, stay safe, and stop the spread.”

“The Drive Thru Pantry is a way to safely provide food to households struggling to access sufficient amounts of healthy foods at this time,” said Susan Linter, Director of Community Impact at the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. “This effort complements the County’s existing home delivery of groceries to food-insecure households lacking transportation and the wonderful work already being done through food pantries countywide. The Regional Food Bank is proud to contribute and participate in the Schenectady County COVID-19 Relief Coalition, a model of collaboration, efficiency, and service with integrity.”

“Our Coalition partners are exploring every avenue to ensure that people in our community are getting the resources they need,” said Robert A. Carreau, Executive Director of The Schenectady Foundation. “The drive through pantry is going to help us quickly distribute perishable food to those in need. It’s another example of how our community comes together to respond as a single force for good.”



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