HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A local pantry is short on one of its most needed supplies and is asking for help to restock the shelves.
Every week for the past six or seven years, Executive Director Dianne Hosterman said the Hoosick Falls pantry received bread from the Freihofer’s outlet in Troy. The pantry still has some bread on the shelves but believes it will run out Wednesday night.
The Hoosick Area Church Association serves about 400 people a month and around 45,000 meals in a year. In addition, volunteers from the local Lions Club make home deliveries once a month to those who can’t get out.
“Local residents; within a 10 mile radius of Hoosick Falls,” Hosterman said. “Low income, out of work, emergencies. Some come once a month. Some come once a year.”
She said they’ve been able to supply food to help others make ends meet.
“There’s a choice,” she said. “Do we eat? Do we buy medicine? Do we put fuel in our tanks to heat our homes?”
Hosterman said they learned the news when they went to pick up bread two weeks ago.
“They said that that would be the last pickup because they were closing that location,” she said. “They didn’t have any warning. We didn’t have any warning, so it was a bit of a shock, and it’s crucial to us.”
Hosterman said if she had to buy the bread she used to get, it would cost $200 a week.
“Bread is just so expensive at $3 or $4 a loaf,” she said. “Plus, you can go through an awful lot, especially with a family making sandwiches for children.”
Hosterman said they buy their food from the Regional Food Bank, and they can order six trays of bread twice a month bread if it is in stock. But they were getting more than that every week by personally picking up the bread in Troy.
Hoosick Valley schools and the Girl Scouts are conducting a drive this weekend. Hosterman said the drives will be a temporary fix, but they are still looking for a long-term solution to replace the bread.
NEWS10 ABC reached out to Freihofer’s for a statement but have not, yet, responded.