The Arkville-based Community Pantry has shifted to 100 percent home delivery of food distribution in an effort to limit the possibility of infection during the coronavirus pandemic.
Officials at the Community Pantry have made the decision to suspend in-person food distribution for the foreseeable future. The changeover to home delivery service went into effect on March 23. Emergency food supplies will be available to all members of the community in need. To schedule a delivery, please call:
New Kingston resident Frank Canavan, who serves as an administrator for the organization, along with his wife, Joyce St. George, explained that setting up a delivery service was deemed the safest method of meeting the food needs of the community.
‘We¹ve changed procedures at the pantry because of the health emergency. We are no longer having folks come to the pantry for food and are now making home deliveries only. We¹ve posted signs around town that list our telephone number and explain the new policy,” Mr. Canavan stated.
The Community Pantry staff, with assistance from the MARK Project, has recruited volunteers to deliver food packages. Deliveries are available to all members of the community in need of food. The organization previously conducted a limited amount of home deliveries, but now that will become the norm, until the pandemic is past.
The pantry is geared toward Delaware County residents and primarily serves Town of Middletown residents. Nearly two dozen volunteers assist in keeping the Community Pantry running smoothly.