The Cooperstown Food Pantry operates primarily with volunteers. It consists of an executive director, a 15 member Oversight and Advisory Board, and over 150 dedicated, active volunteers.
Fresh Recovery Team Leader(s) (could be more than one person) are needed to help coordinate and oversee the intake of 10,000 – 12,000 pounds a month of food donated by local Price Chopper grocery stores.

Most volunteers work either a scheduled weekly three or four hour shift, or become part of our substitute pool which fills open shifts as needed.

More helping hands are always needed! Please contact us by email at or by phone 607-547-8902.
2014 Empty Bowls Volunteers

2013 Empty Bowls Volunteers

Oversight and Advisory Board 2020

    • Sharon Oberriter, President
    • Audrey Murray, Vice President
    • Jennifer Howard, Treasurer
    • Maureen Murray, Secretary
    • Karen Mihan
    • Stacey Smith, former Executive Director
    • Dr. Eric Mooney
    • Mary Ann Dietz
    • Kathy Chase
    • Robert Nelson
    • Angus Mackie
    • Andrew Demma
    • Bill Waller

In addition to working directly with clients, help is needed working with the following committees that allow us to function as an organization.

  • Produce Team: Team Leader needed, pickup, deliver, organizes, wraps, and stores the fresh produce that comes in from Cooperstown and Richfield Springs Price Choppers.
  • Thank-you Note Team: helps to write notes and acknowledge donations.
  • BackPack Team: works with the Regional Food Bank, Leo Club and CCS to implement the program.
  • Budget and Finance Team: receives, records, and deposits income; pays bills and maintains financial records.
  • Volunteer Team: organizes the volunteer schedule, schedules substitute volunteers, maintains the volunteer master list
  • Facilities Team: coordinates the upkeep and renovation of our building, furnishings and appliances.
  • Public Relations: assist, organize, and/or create public relation events, media, newsletters necessary to spread information pertaining to the pantries efforts and initiatives.

Help with Delivery Day

About 80% of what we distribute we purchase through Feeding America from The Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York in Latham. Once a month an average of 8 tons is delivered to a regional drop sight in Cooperstown. A small army of volunteers picks up, organizes, delivers, and stocks over 500 cases of food and other items.
Deliveries always take place on Thursday mornings.* Help on delivery day is always needed. If you’d like to lend a hand, please contact us at: 607-547-8902 or by Email.
*to ensure the safety of our clients and volunteers, we will open at 1:00pm on delivery days.