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NNYCF provides $30,000 to area food pantries

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The Northern New York Community Foundation board of directors on Tuesday approved three grants totaling $46,850 for area food pantries and other organizations.

The largest grant, $30,000, will supply 37 food pantries in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties, as well as the Watertown Salvation Army soup kitchen. The grant, made possible in part by the Grace Reinman Fund and the Joan Davis Fund, will be administered by the Food Bank of Central New York. By partnering with the Food Bank, the Community Foundation is able to leverage more food per dollar.

“We know that this grant has the potential to reach many in our three-county service area,” Rande S. Richardson, foundation executive director, said in a press release. “It is the one thing we do each year that has such broad and meaningful impact to those in need.”

Other grants approved were:

n Thousand Islands Land Trust: $10,000 in support of its 2013 summer land steward program. This is grant made possible, in part, by the River Fund and the Grace Reinman Fund.

n Meals on Wheels of Greater Watertown: $6,850 to supplement its basic services as well as the purchase of a computer and related equipment. This grant is made possible in part by the Alex Velto Community Fund.

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