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Catherine Matthews, director of the Canton food pantry. Photo: Canton Church and Community Program
Catherine Matthews, director of the Canton food pantry. Photo: Canton Church and Community Program

New program will help St. Lawrence County food banks keep shelves fuller

A new delivery method will help St. Lawrence County food banks keep their shelves full. The Food Bank of Central New York's new retail partnership program in St. Lawrence County will expedite donations from Walmart.

The idea is simple: to get food to the people who need it faster, in a year when the brutally cold weather has made it harder for people already struggling to make ends meet.  Go to full article

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Helping Hands of Potsdam director Tom Chapell and other volunteers unload a donation of firewood
Helping Hands of Potsdam director Tom Chapell and other volunteers unload a donation of firewood

Volunteers fill gaps left by social service funding cuts

As local, state and federal governments are looking for ways to do more with less money, demand for aid and services to the poor is increasing.

That's creating some gaps between government-funded organizations' missions and their means.

In St. Lawrence County, volunteer organizations are stepping in to fill some of those gaps--
And as Nora Flaherty reports, they're doing it by being creative--and harnessing local resources.  Go to full article
Lorinda Bushey
Lorinda Bushey

Heating assistance cuts mean a tough winter in NY, VT

The federal low income heating assistance program, commonly known as LIHEAP, has had a lot of ups and downs this year. Funding levels are lower than they've been in awhile. And there's more demand for services.

In New York state, this winter's average benefits for families are $500-700 lower than they were last year.

Sarah Harris reports from Vermont, where the state's Congressional delegation secured an additional $5 million to bolster the program. But even with that help, many Vermonters are still struggling to keep their heat on this winter.  Go to full article

Sen. Little says economy pinching taxpayers & local governments

State Senator Betty Little says she supports the idea of a property tax cap and hopes to return this summer to debate the issue during a special session. But Little told Brian Mann that she's concerned about the possible impact of a cap on local school districts that are faced with spiraling costs.  Go to full article

Advocates hope for more LIHEAP funding

National Grid expects the price of natural gas to decline sharply this winter by about 11 %. Weather forecasters are calling for another relatively mild winter, but the odds are it'll still be colder than last year. Low income advocates are worried about heating assistance for the poor. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

State Boosts Heat Aid by $100 Million

On Sunday, Governor Pataki approved a $100 million boost to state funding for home heating assistance. The money will go to help low-income families offset high fuel oil prices. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers Move to Release Emergency Heating Aid

Assembly Democrats want the state to immediately release $200 million to help low income New Yorkers pay for rising heating costs. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Families Face Heating Oil Pinch

State Senator Betty Little, from Queensbury, says the big concern for families in the North Country is pay for heating fuel. She says the higher energy costs could have a trickle-down effect on the region's broader economy. Senator Little spoke from the Senate floor yesterday with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

McHugh Requests $900M More for Home Heating

Heating oil prices are at record highs, 54% higher than last winter. Natural Gas prices are up 135%. The money that's out there to help low income families heat their homes -won't go as far this year. Representative John McHugh has joined 57 other congressional leaders asking President Bush to authorize $900 million in supplemental funding for LiHEAP. That stands for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.  Go to full article

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