Cobleskill, NY –  SUNY Cobleskill, in cooperation with the Schoharie County Farm Bureau, the Cobleskill Elks, the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, many community volunteers and industry donors, will host the second Dairy and Pantry Drive Through on Thursday June 4, from 10:00 am to noon. The Drive Through is open to all community members.

Exceptional coordination amongst participating organizations, enthusiastic volunteers, and a large turnout all contributed to making the first Dairy and Pantry Drive Through on May 1 a tremendous success. That day, volunteers distributed over 20,000 pounds of food from the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, 120 gallons of milk from Mountainside Farms of Roxbury, New York, and a pallet of cereal from Price Chopper of Cobleskill, to 350 patrons on site, and delivered bundles to the homes of 30 patrons who could not participate in person.

“I sat there and tears just came to my eyes. People have stories to tell, moments to share,” said Sandie Prokop, of the New York Farm Bureau and event organizer. “This is a time that’s different than any we have been through before, and that’s what we wanted — to make a difference.”

Dairy and pantry bundles are free to all patrons, who will be directed to drive through a distribution area and stop parade-style at each pallet. Food products will be placed into vehicles by volunteers, limit of one of each product per car, while supply lasts.

The total bundle will include a variety of dairy, frozen items, shelf stable products, and special donations from Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) and Cabot Creamery. Patrons will be required to remain in their vehicles and maintain social distancing and public health practices throughout the event.

In addition to the Drive Through, limited delivery by the Cobleskill Elks will be available on a “first come, first served” basis to those in the area who do not have the ability to participate in person. Requests for delivery can be emailed to Lisa Wayman, waymanl88@yahoo.com and must include name, full address, phone number and a reason for request. If the request can be accommodated, a confirmation email will be sent. The deadline for a request is midnight on Tuesday, June 2nd.

The Dairy and Pantry Drive Though will take place in SUNY Cobleskill’s commuter parking lot, directly next to Kelley’s Agway on Route 7 West. To avoid traffic congestion, patrons are asked not to arrive prior to 10:00 am.

 

This release was published by SUNY Cobleskill, 06/01/2020