Donating to a good cause can give a good feeling. Recently, double donations to the Troy Food Pantry did just that. And it all started with two pigs that were raised by some young people in 4-H.
At the 2018 Troy Fair, UGI Utilities, Inc. and Solid Ground Services, Inc. bought those two pigs. Both pigs went to Bryan’s Meat Cutting in East Smithfield for processing. Bryan’s donated their processing for UGI’s pig, and both UGI and Solid Ground Services donated the processed pork to the Troy Food Pantry.
Troy is very fortunate to have a food pantry, located on Elmira Street across from the Pump and Pantry. It is under the auspices of Troy Christian Council, which means all of their churches.
The food pantry is open for those in need from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Those needing food must be income eligible and they must fill out the proper forms for eligibility. Families are allowed one box of food per month.
The Troy Food Pantry serves approximately 120 to 150 families each month.
Although fresh produce is donated in season, most of the food donations are non-perishable. Each box with non-perishable items is packed the same. If a family is large, they also get an extra bag of food. The box contents vary from week to week depending on what’s available.
Volunteers play an important role at the food pantry. They are there ready to accept donations on Thursdays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. They pack all of the boxes, too. Some of those hard working volunteers include Roger Cole, Jack Andrus, Lew Brackman Jr., Dean Sawyer, Polly Wright and Susan Porter. Steve Lyon is the director. Phyllis Putnam handles the paperwork.
During a time when there are so many people in our area who are in need, it is wonderful that there is a place to get help with food. And it has a special meaning when area businesses are there to give back to the community.
“We try to do things in all of our communities,” said Ann Blaskiewicz, Community Relations program manager from UGI, Inc. “To give back.”