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Foothills Meets a Need in our Community
Foothills Rural Community Ministry continues to meet a great need in our community. For over 35 years Foothills Food Pantry has been helping families in our area when they have faced financially challenging situations. I recently completed my fifth year working and volunteering at Foothills. It has been one of my responsibilities to find grant or funding opportunities to support our programs, the food pantry being the area of largest need. While preparing a grant report recently I became aware that in one of our recent months we served over 500 people. Never before had we crossed that threshold. All indications in the media are "the economy is improving,.” While that may be true for the people that have good paying jobs, there remains a large segment of the population that is unemployed or working less than full time or at minimum wage. SNAP/Food Stamp benefits continue to be reduced and to some segments of the population have been cut entirely. People in these situations are still struggling, and rely on our assistance.
The programs at Foothills, other than the Food Pantry, exist to support the needs of our pantry clients in some other aspect of their life or to raise funds to support the needed purchases of food for the pantry. The proceeds from our County Corner Thrift Shop, our Coffee House, and our Wine Tasting events all go to support our Food Pantry needs. I want to thank our very generous community for their very faithful support in so many ways. Many of our local governments and many community organizations are very generous in their support. Without these monetary donations and in kind food donations we could never come close to meeting our mission, serving those in need in our community. We are starting our fourth year as a funded partner of the United Way of Utica and the Greater Valley Area. Their support has become critical to our effort and we thank them for their help.
I want to also thank our GREAT VOLUNTEERS. Foothills is very blessed to have a pool of very dedicated and faithful volunteers. Volunteers are the backbone to all our Foothills Programs. Many of our volunteers work in multiple program areas, putting in many hours each month. Without these volunteers our programs could not exist. THANK YOU!
Going forward Foothills is challenged to find funding sources to support our needs. Please consider the enclosed envelope to make a generous donation to the Foothills Rural Community Ministry. Our neighbors have counted on us in the past and continue to look to us for assistance in their time of need. May God Bless you all! Fred Van Namee, Director of Community Relations.
Foothills Office Welcome to our newest staff member, Sonya Ellinger who is now our Office Manager. She is in the Foothills office on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Country Corner Thrift Shop: New name, new face, same bargains!
Denise Routhier is our new thrift shop manager. She and her volunteers have cleared, cleaned, organized and created a roomy and inviting place to find gently used clothing and household items. More volunteers are needed to give a few hours per month to help customers during open hours, or to help sort donations on Wednesday mornings. Visit us at Country Corner and meet Denise, shop, donate, or get involved.
Program News:Trenton Farmers’ Market is growing bigger and more interesting every year. The FRCM booth processes SNAP/Food Stamp cards for market shoppers, takes Food Sense orders, and gives free recipes. Holland Patent Village Park, Saturdays 9:00–1:00 through Oct. 8. Our craft vendors make it a great place to start your Christmas shopping!
If you eat, you qualify for Food Sense - a program that provides quality food for significantly less than retail prices. The cost of a package is now $20.50. Monthly specials are also offered at reasonable prices. We are looking for people to collect orders from their own church or other group. Please call us at 865-5854 if you would like to help in this way.
The Food Pantry now has evening hours on the first Wednesday of every month from 5-7:00 pm.
With the help of the people of the community, churches, businesses and a grant from Stewart’s Shops, FRCM was able to donate many school supplies to each of the schools in the Remsen and Holland Patent School Districts. School personnel distribute these items to students whose families are experiencing difficult times. We thank all who helped us to help our area students.
The Christmas Baskets committee will be taking applications during Food Pantry hours in October and November. Families receive food and children receive winter clothing and gifts.
Sarah’s Pet Pantry continues to receive generous donations of pet food from Family Dollar. We are in need of volunteers to help with transporting pet food and to hand out pet food when the Food Pantry is open.
The Fun in Fundraisers
Yoga For Food – with Deb Ouderkirk on Saturdays, starting Oct. 22 at the Floyd Methodist Church at 8:45 am. A $6.00 fee per person per session goes to the Food Pantry. Check our webpage for the schedule.
For the Park Coffee House fall schedule Click here
The Christmas Baskets Program has an ongoing bottle drive at Cushman’s on Route 365 in Floyd.
Wine Tasting Extravaganza – January 15, 2017, from 3:00-5:00 pm at the American Legion Roberts Post 161 in Holland Patent. Free wine glass with a $10.00 donation to benefit the Food Pantry.
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Save the date: The Foothills Annual Meeting and potluck dinner will be on January 22, 2017. All are welcome.
Find more information about any of these programs on our website foothillsruralcommunityministry.org.
FRCM, Trenton Farmers Market and The Park Coffee House all have Facebook pages, which are updated regularly with news and volunteer opportunities.