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Mobile food pantry sees long line ahead of holidays

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — People lined up in the parking lot of the American Legion on Main Street Tuesday to receive free food.

The Food Bank of the Southern Tier says its mobile food pantry comes to this location once a month.

A truck is filled up with a variety of food and groceries, and anyone in need can come down and register to pick some up for free.

The distribution takes place once a month, but around the holiday season the lines are always a little longer.

“People’s budgets are getting stretched, also the increased cost of heating can really put a strain on household so we tend to see an uptick in participation around this time of year,” said Food Bank of the Southern Tier President and CEO, Natasha Thompson.

Those who receive groceries say they’re not sure they would be able to get by without the mobile food pantry stopping in Binghamton.

Yolanda Davis of Binghamton says this is not something she had access to when she was living in other parts of the state.

“The housing is slim, but the food is abundant here. And I just want to thank the town of Binghamton for having something like this for me and my family,” said Davis.

The Food Bank says it has seen people line up two hours before distribution, while waiting in the cold, showing the need for a program like this in our area.

Annie Flaherty

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