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Lowville Food Pantry annual garage sale set for Aug. 1 and 2

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LOWVILLE — The Lowville Food Pantry plans to host its third annual garage sale, which will coincide with the Lowville village-wide garage sales. The sale will be held in the Nichols Building at the Lewis County Fairgrounds Friday, Aug. 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday will be a bag sale.

Many different types of merchandise are expected to be available such as clothing, appliances, furniture, collectibles, toys, books and miscellaneous items.

The pantry will accept donations of new or gently-used items to put in its annual garage sale. Those with items to donate may drop off at the pantry during normal business hours, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Arrangement to drop off items may also be made by calling the pantry at 376-7431.

ABOUT THE FOOD PANTRY

The mission of the Lowville Food Pantry is to eliminate hunger and hardship in the community. Manned by a volunteer staff and board of directors, they provide not only food but also other basic needs to the homeless, veterans, seniors, military, individuals and families which include personal care items, household items, clothing, household appliances, dishes, silverware, bedding, items for daily living and furniture. If the pantry is not able to provide what a consumer needs, pantry volunteers direct them to those who can.

Food and other items are donated by local businesses, churches, civic organizations, schools, foundations, social agencies and individuals. However, the pantry still needs to acquire many items that are not donated or covered by grants. Most of their purchases are made through the Food Bank of Central New York, a not-for-profit agency whose purpose is to aid food pantries in the battle against hunger. The Lowville Food Pantry does receive some grants, but it only covers one-third of the cost of maintaining the pantry.

In April 2014, the Lowville Food Pantry set a new record for Lewis County, serving 254 families more than 10,000 meals, which breaks down to having served 287 children, 353 adults and 53 seniors, equaling 693 individuals. According to the Food Bank of Central New York, the Lowville Food Pantry serves 55 to 65 percent of those seeking assistance from throughout Lewis County. While the Lowville Academy and Central School District is the pantry’s main focus, they turn no one away when in need.

One hundred percent of all proceeds, whether donated or raised through fundraising efforts, are used strictly for pantry expenses.

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