LAKE PLACID - About 15 to 20 people donated their time and hard work Monday to distribute all the fixings for a hearty Thanksgiving meal to people in need throughout Lake Placid and beyond.
"Anybody and everybody can come," said Linda Young, director of the Lake Placid Ecumenical Food Pantry. "If there's a need, we'll fill it."
The food pantry, in the basement of St. Agnes Catholic Church, was open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for people to pick up boxes that were filled with stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, fruit, vegetables, pie and turkey. Volunteers even placed in each box a card with a blessing on it and a recipe for turkey soup with a baggie of herbs stapled to it.
From left, volunteers Shirley Harris, Betty Jean Trantham and Mary Merrill load a box of Thanksgiving food for needy people at the Lake Placid Ecumenical Food Pantry Monday morning.
(Enterprise photo — Jessica Collier)
Some people trickled in before 10 a.m., and by the top of the hour, the entrance to the pantry was packed with people picking up food. Volunteers and county public service workers even delivered food to people who weren't able to make it to the church.
Young said she was not sure how many people she expected would pick up food by the end of the day.
"There is need everywhere," Young said.
Last year, Young said the pantry distributed about 150 Thanksgiving meals.
The pantry also plans to help with a Christmas dinner potluck for anyone who wants to attend. It will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Christmas Day at Adirondack Community Church on Main Street in Lake Placid.
Contact Jessica Collier at 891-2600 ext. 25 or firstname.lastname@example.org.