The storm didn't stop nearly 1,000 people from picking up food from the Gloversville Senior Center Thursday morning. But as our Barry Wygel tells us, the people say they didn't have much of a choice.
GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. -- "If it wasn't for places like this a lot of people in the community would be going hungry," said Shannon Smith.
It's a fate Shannon Smith says she would face herself.
"Well, we were working before we happened to become disabled and to have both of us on social security, it's hard to live on that money alone," said Smith.
Once a month, Smith and almost 1,000 other Gloversville residents come to pick up food from the Free Methodist Church. It's free and provides high-quality healthy food to people who say there's no way they would have been able to afford it.
"We thought things would drop off, especially with the weather but we are still seeing the same numbers coming up," said Pastor Wil Sharpe, minister at the Gloversville Free Methodist Church.
Stocked with a tractor-trailer's worth of food from the Northeast Food Bank, the church aims to provide struggling families with everything they need for the month.
"If you ask them, they are very dependent on this. It helps them to get through," said Sharpe."
The gratefulness of those who benefit from the project is unmatched, saying without it, they would have very few options.
"We have been blessed here in Fulton County and I want to thank everyone for volunteering," said Mike Carmona.
"We would go hungry," said Smith, when asked what would happen if the church were to close.
As Shannon walks to her car, she knows that at least this month, she and her husband will be okay.