But with funding for food pantries and related programs being cut drastically as of late, organizations are struggling to stay afloat.
O’Mara said he was excited to hear that students from Oneonta Middle School are planning an upcoming fundraiser for area food pantries. The middle school will be hosting a “OMS Carnival” from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday with games, food and prizes, according to a recent news brief.
In order to play the carnival games, guests are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item. Proceeds and food donations will go to local food pantries, the brief said.
Even though the attendance at Saturday’s Bread stays consistent year-round, food banks often get hit harder in the summer because schoolchildren are home for summer break, O’Mara said.
“I’m happy that the school is doing this,” O’Mara said. “Anything anyone can do to help is great.”
Once it’s paid for, the new dishwasher at Saturday’s Bread will work more efficiently, alleviating a great deal of stress for the program, O’Mara said.
“It will wash more dishes, faster,” O’Mara said. “And hopefully use less electricity.”
But the new appliance will mean more than just a load of clean dishes, O’Mara said. Although Saturday’s Bread is not affiliated with any religion, the Methodist Church will have access to the dishwasher, as well, and the weekly program will be able to continue serving the community.
“We’re helping without asking questions,” O’Mara said. “We don’t ask where you’re from, what religion you believe or if you have a job. We have a huge amount of volunteers who volunteer several times a month and just want to be involved. It’s just astounding.”