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A Sullivan County group will be among one of the thousands of emergency food providers across the state to receive thousands of dollars in grant money this holiday season. The group tells our Eva McKend it's money they are depending on to feed the community.
LIBERTY, N.Y. -- For people on fixed incomes, like the Steiger's, coming to the only full time food pantry in Sullivan County, is the way to ensure they won't go hungry.
"When you go shopping, it's not enough money to get everything you need so I really have to watch my coupons, and prices for everything," said Cheryl Steiger-Ticali, a Mountaindale Resident, who comes to the pantry with her mother.
For two years, they've been coming to CACHE, the Community Action Commission to Help the Economy, an organization that has seen an influx of people since the reduction of federal food assistance benefits.
It's an issue that's impacted more than three million New Yorkers.
The Governor recently announced the state will be stepping in and will be giving groups like CACHE thousands of dollars in assistance.
"We have never turned anybody down when they need food but it's slim pickings now and so we do need additional funding," said Gladys Walker, CACHE's Executive Director.
"Cereal, peanut butter and jelly, stuff that we use on a daily basis, so that's a good thing. I've been getting things that I need," said Ebrahim Odeh, a Liberty Resident.
At CACHE, they don't turn anyone away but the demand for food has exceeded what they've been able to meet. This grant will allow them to stock empty palettes once again.
"There's a variable in everybody's budget and that means you can buy more or less. You have to buy your medication and all of those other things. Food is the one thing that people will say they will cut back on," said Walker.
The winter months are the busiest season for food pantrys.
CACHE will receive about $28,000, they will have to use by March.
The Steiger's say CACHE could really use the extra help.
"It's very helpful for the people," said Hilda Steiger.