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September is 'Food Security Month', and United Way of Tompkins County (UWTC), together with several partners, is providing an opportunity for community members to assist in meeting higher demands on our food pantries and nonprofits due to COVID-19 impacts on our community. What was traditionally a day’s event will become a 'Week of Caring' from Monday, September 21 to Friday, September 25, 2020.

During the Week of Caring, community members may drop off donations to their local participating pantry or other locations across Tompkins County. United Way of Tompkins County (UWTC) is accepting items all week at their offices located at 313 N. Aurora St, Ithaca, during business hours (8am-5pm).

A comprehensive list of all participating locations, along with the hours they will accept donations has been posted on the Internet. The longer timeframe and multiple choices of location were created in order to allow for social distancing to be observed during drop-off and help remote workers who might normally have given at their workplace to participate. All items, no matter where collected, will be distributed to Tompkins County pantries and human services nonprofits by the end of the day on Friday, September 25.

Besides shelf stable food, UWTC is encouraging the donation of household essentials such as toiletries and cleaning supplies, as well as school supplies. As in years past, pet food and supplies are also encouraged. This year’s goal is to supply Tompkins County Food Distribution Network’s food pantries with about 3,000 pounds of food by the end of the week.