CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) -- The Corning Community Food Pantry has a new home. Staff and pantry board members are hard at work settling in to the new location on East Corning Road.
The new facility offers more space for donations. It also allows the pantry to work on providing more fresh produce, dairy and meat.
Last year, the pantry distributed over 300,000 pounds of food -- the most in all of Steuben County. Executive Director Beth Wasson says the move will help the pantry continue to tackle food insecurity in the Southern Tier.
"This is ours," says Executive Director Beth Wasson. "This is the last move we're going to make and it is pretty dramatic. I think it's going to have a real impact on food insecurity in our area. So our eighty plus volunteers are excited about it and so are the people who come to us, because they realize when they come here they get the service they deserve."
Lately, volunteers have also worked to emphasize and educate the community about the importance of food nutrition.
The new facility has a full on-site kitchen, which will now allow for cooking demonstrations and nutrition workshops.
"We really try to target elderly and children because they seem to be the ones who suffer the most from food insecurity," says Wasson. "So I think it's going to have a very big impact and i think we're going to see our numbers go up even more.
The pantry will resume its normal hours at the new location--11715 East Corning Road--on Wednesday, October 11th.