SARANAC LAKE - The Grace Pantry has moved to a new location at the rear entrance of the Baldwin House, next to the Episcopal Church of St. Luke on Church Street.
The Grace Pantry makes household items available that are not approved by SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), formerly known as Food Stamps. Households cannot use SNAP to buy items like soap, paper products, household cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items and diapers. The Grace Pantry keeps an assortment of these items in stock for the community.
The Grace Pantry was created initially by First United Methodist Church on Church Street, then moved about three years ago to the Tri-Lakes Center for Independent Living on Broadway. TLCIL recently contacted the Ecumenical Council of Saranac Lake when it ran out of room for the pantry, and the Ecumenical Council agreed to take over the program and move it to a new location.
The pantry is kept up and running by service organizations, churches, foundation grants and individual donations of either money or products. Without this generosity in the community, the pantry would not exist.
The Grace Pantry is looking for volunteers to either pick up the deliveries on Thursday mornings at the Saranac Lake Civic Center, stock shelves or help clients on Wednesday afternoons to find products when the pantry is open. Anyone interested in helping can contact Jody Deal, who will be in charge of the pantry, at 518-327-3979 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Grace Pantry is open from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoons. It will be closed on school holidays and snow days.