7 News Special Report: 'The Food Chain' Part 2


Every other Wednesday at 10 a.m. Sharp, the Central New York Food Bank truck rolls up at Christian Life Fellowship in Gouverneur. 

Pallets of food are dropped off at the pantry to meet an ever growing need in the North Country.   

"Over the last five years, it's at least doubled," said the pastor, Reverend Bob LaVeck.

The pantry spent roughly $80,000 last year to buy food.

It's just one of three pantries in the village.

Christian Life gets 50 percent of its food from the Food Bank of Central New York.

Without that food, the pastor says he doesn't know what the community would do.

"I just don't know what would happen without out us, I really don't," said LaVeck.

At the Watertown Urban Mission's food pantry, need is up to record levels. 

In fact, 2012 was the busiest year in the pantry's more than 40 year history in Watertown. 

The mission gave enough food for 300,000 meals.

That's enough to feed every resident of Watertown 12 times.

So does the pantry have enough?

"That's kind of always been a concern, we go month to month, but I guess you could say God has his hand on the mission and the community always comes through," said Watertown Urban Mission Executive Director Erika Flint.

And someone will have to keep on coming through. 

The Food Bank of Central New York projects need to increase again this year.

See Part 1

Friday, December 9, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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