Food box giveaway attracts hundreds to Fairgrounds

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 21 October 2020 at 4:07 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

KNOWLESVILLE – Ariyanna Boccacci, 14, of Albion helps with a food distribution this afternoon at the Orleans County 4-H fairgrounds. Ariyanna, a 4-H’er, heeded the call for volunteers and helped with the effort.

The Fairgrounds received 3,000 boxes of food – 1,000 each of meat, dairy and produce. Each vehicle could receive one of each.

There were about 500 vehicles in the first hour before slowing down.

There were about 280 units or boxes of each category left at about 3:30 today.

Robert Batt, executive director of the Cornell Cooperative Extension, said the delivery was up in the air last week. He put out a call for volunteers on Tuesday when the delivery was confirmed by Foodlink.

There will be another food distribution at the Fairgrounds next Wednesday beginning at about 1:45 p.m.

Joe McCracken of Brockport, a former Orleans County 4-H member, helps with the distribution today for the first time.

There are also two other distributions planned the final two Fridays in October with about 300 boxes expected to be available:

• October 23rd – Ridgeway Fire Department, 11392 Ridge Road, Medina – no lines before 8 a.m. The entrance will be on Horan Road and the line will be facing north towards Ridge Road. Exit will be on to Ridge Road

• October 30th – This event will be at the Community Action Main Street Store, 131 S. Main Street.

Deb Moyer, a mother of a 4-H’er, also assisted today.

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