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September 26, 2018

Catholic Charities Opens New Client Choice Food Pantry


FULTON, NY – After months of remodeling, Catholic Charities of Oswego County unveiled its all new Client Choice Food Pantry and Thrift Shop with a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the event.

Representatives from the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce celebrated the grand opening of Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s new Client Choice Food Pantry with a ribbon cutting ceremony. From left are: Danielle Hayden and Pam Taormina of the chamber; Joe Arigo, Carl Sheltray, and Brandi Runge of Catholic Charities; Executive Director of Catholic Charities Mary-Margaret Pezzella-Pekow; Director of Catholic Charities’ Emergency Services Program, Helen Hoefer; Beth Slater with the Food Bank of CNY; volunteers, Judy Waldron and Arlene Chesbro; Fulton city councilor Tom Kenyon; volunteer, Barbara Falanga; Fulton city councilor Daryl Hayden; Annie Ockert with the Food Bank of CNY; Fulton city councilor Bob Weston; executive director of the chamber Beth Hilton; chamber board member Ed Schaperjahn of HELP! Small Business Solutions; Fran Sullivan; chamber board member and president of the board of directors for Catholic Charities Tom Greco; and John DeRousie of Custom Marketing Solutions.

Representatives from the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce celebrated the grand opening of Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s new Client Choice Food Pantry with a ribbon cutting ceremony. From left are: Danielle Hayden and Pam Taormina of the chamber; Joe Arigo, Carl Sheltray, and Brandi Runge of Catholic Charities; Executive Director of Catholic Charities Mary-Margaret Pezzella-Pekow; Director of Catholic Charities’ Emergency Services Program, Helen Hoefer; Beth Slater with the Food Bank of CNY; volunteers, Judy Waldron and Arlene Chesbro; Fulton city councilor Tom Kenyon; volunteer, Barbara Falanga; Fulton city councilor Daryl Hayden; Annie Ockert with the Food Bank of CNY; Fulton city councilor Bob Weston; executive director of the chamber Beth Hilton; chamber board member Ed Schaperjahn of HELP! Small Business Solutions; Fran Sullivan; chamber board member and president of the board of directors for Catholic Charities Tom Greco; and John DeRousie of Custom Marketing Solutions.

Dignitaries from the city of Fulton and representatives from the Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce joined board members and staff of Catholic Charities for the grand opening celebration on Nov. 16.

The new client choice Food Pantry and Thrift Shop facility has an entirely new design that makes it much more convenient and user friendly.

According to Executive Director Mary-Margaret Pezzella-Pekow, the new design allows the agency to serve its consumers much more efficiently.

“Our new client choice food pantry provides our consumers with the opportunity to walk through our pantry and, with the help of a volunteer, pick out the food items that they prefer. They are able to select their choices from what is available on our pantry shelves. Each shelf is arranged by food group, so they are able to select the fruits, vegetables, grains, and proteins that they prefer. It is a much more efficient and personal way for our consumers to get the food they need for themselves and their family, she explained.”

In addition to the pantry makeover, shoppers at Catholic Charities’ Thrift Shop will also find it easier to browse the aisles, as there are new displays and additional space for clothing, furniture, and other essential items that are available at the store.

There is also a resource area where clients can find information on other human service agencies and have access to a computer kiosk so they can conduct job searches on-line.

For more information on Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s Client Choice Food Pantry or the Thrift Shop, call 598-3980.

Catholic Charities of Oswego County serves all people in need regardless of their religious affiliation.

Primary funding sources for Catholic Charities of Oswego County programs are the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Diocesan Hope Appeal, the County of Oswego and private donations by individuals and local companies and organizations.

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