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Two emergency food distribution events coming to Yates County

Yates County is taking emergency steps to provide food to residents through a partnership with Foodlink.

Yates County and Pro Action of Steuben and Yates Inc. is partnering with Foodlink to provide two community-wide food distributions. The distribution includes a 25-lb box of non-perishable food in response to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

The distribution setups will be drive-through, and will be available to all county residents on the following dates:

– Wednesday April 8th, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Starkey Town barn, 656 Glenora Road, Dundee; and

– Thursday, April 16th, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Fireman’s Field, 110 Hicks Street, Penn Yan.

The following procedures will be mandated for those who turn out to the distribution events:

– Pre-registration is required. Those who would like to register can call 315-536-5183 – or click here. Registration is on a rolling, first-come, first-served basis.

– The drive-through model will mean that clients must stay inside their vehicle and put a piece of paper with first- and last name of registration, along with their confirmation number on it.

Organizers ask that trunks be cleaned out so a large box can be placed inside it. “Once your trunk is closed and tapped, you may drive away,” a release said. “This will be a no-touch distribution and proper social distancing must be maintained at all times.”

– No walk-ups will be allowed; and only pre-registered households in cars will be served.

Yates County Administrator Nonie Flynn thanked Foodlink for their partnership. “Thank you to Foodlink for partnering with Yates County to meet the emergency food needs of our community during the COVID-19 public health crisis,” she said in a statement. “We look forward to working with ProAction and The Hope Center Keuka Food Pantry to appropriately connect with Yates County residents.”

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