500 food boxes packed by volunteers, ready for event TODAY

WATERTOWN, NY —  A workforce of 20 volunteers, some coming from as far away as Oswego and Harrisville, showed up at Midway International Logistics today to pack 500 food boxes in preparation for the “Hope Begins” food distribution event to occur on Wednesday January 6 on the Jefferson Community College Campus.

The volunteers did everything from putting the boxes together to placing the food items into each box.  Every single item, including the boxes, were donated to this event.

Detailed information about the event is available at https://www.agricultureevents.com/hope-begins-food-distribution-event

The volunteers were Lisa Porter, Richard Miller, Mike Flack, John Ferlito, Fred Matteson, Sarah Wilder, Nate Matteson, Bob Swan Jr., Jordan Flagg, Shaun Johnston, Betheny Jennings, Danielle Delconte, Nicole Delconte, Heather Delconte, Hart Schemerhorn, Courtney and Chad Schemerhorn. Cathy Hobb and Steve Terzo were there from American Dairy Association Northeast and Jay Matteson participated from Jefferson County Economic Development.

Midway International Logistics, located on Bradley Street in Watertown, provided their warehouse facilities to assist in preparation for the food event.  Midway provided the cooler and freezer space for storage and cooler space for packing the boxes. They also secured poultry donations from Maxi Poultry and Regal Poultry, two Canadian poultry companies. The Schemerhorn family, owners of Midway International, are fantastic to work with!

Lucki7 Livestock Company, located in Rodman NY, is donating 500 pounds of beef and sausage products.  Steve and Lisa Winkler and their family and employees have been very supportive of the food distribution event.  North Branch Farm in Belleville NY donated 2500 apples to the event and bagged them to help the volunteers with packaging.  Jay and Kathryn Canzonier, owners of North Branch, reached out to event organizers and offered their apples to help those in need.

Milk donations from our local dairy farmers through Dairy Farmers of America and Byrne Dairy are donating fluid milk to make sure every family receives fresh nutritious milk.  Farmers who sell their milk to Agri-Mark Cooperative donated cheese through Cabot Cheese, owned by the cooperative.

Great Lakes Cheese, located in Adams NY, donated 500 pounds of sliced cheese to go in the boxes.

Renzi Foodservice, Hannaford and Tops Supermarkets made very generous food donations to round out the products included in the boxes.  Their support of the program was critical in preparing for the event.

American Dairy Association Northeast, Jefferson County Economic Development and Jefferson Community College have been putting together the various components of the program and preparing for Wednesday’s event when 500 vehicles will arrive at Jefferson Community College for the program.