Mobile food pantry

Volunteers from the Food Bank of Central New York’s mobile food pantry unload supplies. The mobile food pantry is coming to Bowens Corners Wednesday.

BOWENS CORNERS — The Food Bank of Central New York’s mobile food pantry is coming to Bowens Corners Wednesday.

The mobile pantry, which serves food directly to families and individuals in underserved areas, will be set up at the United Methodist Church starting at 3 p.m.

Brian McManus, the chief supply chain officer, said the mobile food pantry has distributed more than 100,000 pounds of food to Oswego County in 2019. That’s just a portion of the 15 million pounds given to families across the region last year.

“We’re fortunate to have some great partners and some great funders in Oswego County that recognize people need extra help and they’ve rallied behind our mobile food pantry concept,” McManus told The Palladium-Times, specifically mentioning the Shineman Foundation and the Oswego County Community Foundation.

For McManus and the Food Bank of CNY, choosing the locations comes down to finding places in which the population has unmet needs, such as a lack of a stable food pantry or soup kitchen. Without the restrictions of a fixed location, the mobile food pantry is able to fill those gaps.

According to the Food Bank of CNY’s website, the mobile food pantry has extended its reach over the years. It was initially operated in the city of Utica, but has expanded to Syracuse and Cayuga County.

McManus said the food bank is always looking for volunteers, whether it’s sorting and preparing at their facility or out in the field. Anyone interested in volunteering or donating is urged to go to their website at foodbankcny.org.

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