SUNY Empire State College Employees Help Franklin Community Center Food Pantry
By Catherine Hoff
November 22, 2011
For the second consecutive year, SUNY Empire State College employees at 111 and 113 West Ave. in Saratoga Springs gathered for a luncheon to benefit the Franklin Community Center (FCC) food pantry. Employees paid $5 or donated three nonperishable items and feasted on soup, salad, bread, drinks and a wide variety of desserts. All lunch items were supplied by volunteers from 111 and 113 West Ave. Attendees chose from a menu that included chili, French onion, cheese tortellini soup, ham and potato chowder, pasta e fagioli, corn chowder, macaroni and cheese, Tex-Mex beef stew and deadbeat pasta.
Twenty bags of nonperishable goods and $178 was collected for the food pantry. Kari Cushing, FCC executive director, was pleased with the donations and wrote in a thank-you letter, "It is becoming more and more challenging to serve everyone who comes in seeking assistance, making it even more imperative that we reach out to the community to help support local people in need. At Franklin Community Center, we pride ourselves on being able to do a lot with very little; stretching each dollar as far as it will go. Needless to say, your donation will be a huge help!"