Opinion: Canton food pantry thankful for donation from correctional facility
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 12:47 pm

We’d like to express our deepest appreciation to Ogdensburg Correctional facility and its garden crew for their generous weekly donations to our food pantry this summer. The highlight of the week was when CO Mike Rogers appeared with a truckload of fresh, nutritious and tasty food for our pantry families.

Church & Community Program food pantry serves low-income residents from the Towns of Canton, Clare, DeKalb, Hermon and Russell as well as the Villages of Richville, Rensselaer Falls, and Heuvelton. Need is great; in August we provided food for 244 households. Thanks to OCF, we were able to include a rainbow of fresh vegetables, which our families truly welcome.

Last summer, we offered free vegetables to seniors at the high-rises down the street from us, and Mike helped us hand them out. He was the star of the day with the seniors and we were delighted to offer the food. Since then, we’ve added a full delivery program to the high rises and, again, the OCF donations are very popular.

I understand that the garden crew raised, and donated, nearly 35,000 pounds of food. That’s incredible, and we simply can’t say thank you enough for sharing with us.

Connie Jenkins

Church & Community Program, Canton director