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Yates institution tasked with addressing food insecurity launches $2M capital campaign for renovating Main St. building

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Milly’s Pantry, a Yates County institution dedicated to addressing food insecurity and fostering academic readiness, is initiating a $2 million capital campaign for renovations to its Main Street building.

The Finger Lakes Times reports The Pantry’s board views the renovation as a significant step towards expanding their services.

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Officials emphasized the potential it has to serve program participants, volunteers, staff, and community members. The board plans to host open house events this week to acquaint the public with the renovation project.

Milly’s Pantry, named after the late Camilla “Milly” Bloomquist who initiated numerous children’s aid programs in the county, has been operational since 2008.


To achieve its mission more effectively, the Pantry requires renovations including facade and roof repairs, a new HVAC system, and fire escape restorations, which will reopen the currently closed third floor. Furthermore, an elevator will make the facility fully-accessible for the first time ever.

The project has already secured a $521,000 grant as part of the state’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative, along with $35,000 in foundation funding and identified historical tax credits valued at $750,000.