Ballston Spa, NY (March 23, 2020) – The Career and Technical Education (CTE) heavy equipment and environmental conservation instructors from the F. Donald Myers Education Center in Saratoga Springs used their equipment operator skills to help Saratoga County EOC unload a 5,000-lb. food delivery brought by The Food Pantries for the Capital District.
The Food Pantries typically delivers approximately 2,500 lbs that is then unloaded by hand with the help of five or six EOC volunteers since The Pantry does not have a loading dock. Due to the unprecedented increase in demand as families face additional challenges during COVID-19, EOC placed an extra-large order with the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York to help meet the need and WSWHE BOCES stepped up to help unload.

CTE instructors transported a Bobcat skidsteer loader with a set of pallet forks to help unload the trailer as well as a hand pallet jack and a battery-powered pallet jack to help move the pallets around.

“Unloading this large delivery would have taken hours without the help of CTE. Their assistance will let us spend the rest of the day focusing on getting food packed and delivered to our neighbors who are struggling,” EOC Executive Director Jo Anne Hume said. “We can’t thank CTE, Food Pantries for the Capital District and the Northeast Regional Food Bank enough for working with us to make sure that every family continues to have food on the table during this challenging time.”

The Pantry at EOC has switched a delivery-only model during COVID-19 to help ensure the health and safety of staff, volunteers and customers. If you are in need of a pantry delivery, please call 518-288-3206 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Kitchen is continuing to provide free to-go meals between 11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 3 – 4 p.m. Sunday at the Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church, 24 Circular St., Saratoga Springs.

If you are interested in helping EOC meet the needs of the Saratoga County community, please consider making a donation or hosting a Virtual Food Drive.