Tioga County ministry reopens pantry; offers holiday items, bikes - Catholic Courier

Tioga County ministry reopens pantry; offers holiday items, bikes

Tioga County Rural Ministry has resumed allowing folks in need of food to come into its pantry, located at 143 North Ave. in Owego.

Individuals are being permitted in the building two at a time. It is recommended that clients call TCRM at 607-687-3021 to schedule an appointment, so as to shorten any possible wait time in cold weather. Face masks are required. Recipients are asked to bring reusable grocery bags. If clients prefer not to enter the building, they may complete food preference forms and volunteers will pack the food supplies and bring them outside.

Access to the rural ministry had been limited since March due to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. However, TCRM officials noted that they are adapting to the colder weather while still striving to protect the community.

Also at TCRM, the ministry is taking registrations for holiday food for Thanksgiving and Christmas, with a registration deadline of Oct. 15. Unlike past years when registration was taken in person, low-income households in Owego are invited to register by phone this year by calling TCRM. In addition, families with children age 18 or younger may sign up for clothing gifts and toy distribution. Although both yearly initiatives will take place, distribution might be altered to comply with COVID-19 safety standards.

TCRM is offering refurbished children’s bicycles as well. Requests can be made by calling the ministry with your child’s name, age and height to reserve an age- and size-appropriate bike.

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