Now that face masks are deemed “essential,” (and required in public to help stop the spread of COVID-19), a group of volunteers in Indian Lake have been making cloth masks and distributing them free of charge. As of Friday, April 17, they are available for pick up at Pines Country Store in Indian Lake and in the vestibule of the Adirondack Lakes Center for The Arts in Blue Mountain Lake. The contributors ask people to only take one per person. Those willing to help out with the effort by donating masks can drop them off at the Pines Country Store.
Orgs launch program to deliver farm-fresh food packages
AdkAction has partnered up with the Hub on the Hill in Essex in order to launch an Emergency Food Packages Project (EFP) to assist local families who may be struggling due to the coronavirus. Every EFP contains a week’s worth of fresh, pre-prepared meals delivered directly to families. The organizations’ goal is to provide 100 boxes of food each week over the next 10 weeks. A total of 1,000 packages, supplying 15,000 meals – all for free.
Each EFP contains eggs, bread, apples, healthy snacks, yogurt, greens, granola, soup, and two large trays of frozen entrees. The food distributed is purchased from local farms, and prepared and delivered by local labor provided by Hub on the Hill. Families and individuals in need are being screened by partner agencies and local organizations with a history of supporting those who need food.
EFP’s have a $55 production fee but are provided free to families in need. A $7,000 grant provided by the Adirondack Foundation’s Special and Urgent Needs Fund launched the project. AdkAction has also created a online fundraising page to help reach the overall goal. Over $30,000 was raised in the first 24 hours, enough to support the first 545 EFP’s, with a total of $55,000 needed to support the creation and delivery of 1,000 EFPs.
In an effort to help support the community during this public health crises, Saranac Lake-based Northern Power & Light has partnered with Mountain Spirit Distilling to produce hand sanitizer, according to a recent press release from Emmett Smith, the founder of Northern Power & Lights.
The product is approved for production by the FDA and is being given at no cost to local medical and emergency services including CVPH, Citizen Advocates of Saranac Lake, Life Net EMT Helicopter and Bloomingdale Fire Department, as well as community support organizations such as St. Paul’s Food Pantry and Saranac Lake Meals on Wheels. Local shops and eateries like Nori’s, Origin Coffee, and Bitter & Bones are also being supplied with sanitizer. If you have a similar business and would like to receive free product, you can reach out to the company by emailing [email protected]
As of April 1, hand sanitizer is available to the public through these local retailers: The Village Mercantile in Saranac Lake, the Potsdam Food Co-Op, Nature’s Storehouse in Canton, and the North Country Food Co-Op in Plattsburgh, as well as online through the Village Mercantile. All proceeds will go to further production and distribution of the product to local medical and service workers.
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