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Checking out at the Canton Price Chopper. Photo: Nora Flaherty
Checking out at the Canton Price Chopper. Photo: Nora Flaherty

Where your money goes when you give at the store

The holidays are a very big time for charitable giving, and that means when you're out shopping, you may be called upon to donate at the register. But if you're feeling charitable and you make that donation, where exactly does the money go - and just how local is "local?" Not surprisingly, it depends on where you drop your coins.

Price Chopper and Stewart's Shops are two major chains in our area that do holiday charitable drives, and they offer very different takes on how your local donation stays local.  Go to full article
The Food Bank of Central New York will receive $380,000 of the governor's grant. Photo: Zach Hirsch
The Food Bank of Central New York will receive $380,000 of the governor's grant. Photo: Zach Hirsch

Food banks get pre-holiday boost

On November 1st, a boost to food stamps from the 2009 federal stimulus expired. For the millions of Americans who rely on food stamps, that meant a hole in their monthly food budget.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has been urging New Yorkers to give to local food pantries, and as Zach Hirsch reports, his own office is leading by example.  Go to full article
A volunteer unloads Food Sense packages at the Potsdam Neighborhood Center on Thursday morning. Photo: Zach Hirsch
A volunteer unloads Food Sense packages at the Potsdam Neighborhood Center on Thursday morning. Photo: Zach Hirsch

Food Sense program offers a discount to all

Next week, Congress will begin negotiating a new Farm Bill. One of the major sticking points is the food stamp program. The House and Senate are very far away over how much to cut from food stamps, but it seems likely there will be a cut of some sort.

But food stamps are not the only option for low-income families. The Food Bank of Central NY is offering discounted packages of healthy food to anybody - no questions asked.  Go to full article

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