Food pantry helps hundreds of families during pandemic

Gouverneur food pantry

GOUVERNEUR, N.Y. (WWNY) - A Gouverneur food pantry is doing its best to help provide food for people in need.

The GCF Food Pantry has been up and running for about seven months.

GCF recently established a partnership with the Food Bank of Central New York, which is helping the pantry bring in about 10,000 pounds of food a month.

Sam and April Sochia oversee the operation, something they both knew would be a big responsibility

“We sat down with our kids and we talked to them about it and we said it’s going to take a lot of time and effort and they were totally on board,” April Sochia said, “so we totally jumped in and it’s rolling.

Rolling is an understatement. Cars were lined up Thursday night all the way down Smith Street, almost reaching Route 11.

Cars line up for boxes of food at the GCF Food Pantry in Gouverneur.
Cars line up for boxes of food at the GCF Food Pantry in Gouverneur. (Source: WWNY)

The pandemic has turned the pantry into a drive-through. Families drove away with boxes that were overflowing with grains, vegetables and proteins.

“I alone have six in my home,” Dora McAdam said, “and it is just wonderful. They just don’t just offer you one thing either, you know. It’s just phenomenal.

The directors say since they started doing these drive-through pantry events, they have helped about 250 families and hoped to add another 125 during Thursday night’s event.

It’s something they feel they can do to put food on the tables of the families who need it most.

“It doesn’t matter, you know, where they are from or what they are facing, we just want to provide some security for them to be able to feed their families,” April Sochia said.

The Sochias say the operation wouldn’t be possible without all of their volunteers.

The drive-through pantry occurs on the second and fourth Thursdays of every month.

The next one is January 14.

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