The Cooperstown Food Pantry has no paid staff. It consists of a volunteer executive director, an 11 member Oversight and Advisory Board, and over 100 dedicated, active volunteers.

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

More helping hands are always needed! Please contact Director Audrey Murray by email at or by phone 607-547-8902.



2014 Empty Bowls Volunteers

2013 Empty Bowls Volunteers

Oversight and Advisory Board 2016

    • Sharon Oberriter, President
    • Eric Hill, Vice President
    • Barbara Luhmann, Secretary
    • Jennifer Howard, Treasurer
    • Mary Reitz
    • Reverend Betsy Jay
    • Doug Luhmann
    • Dr. Eric Mooney
    • Anne Blabey
    • Marge Chase
    • Kathy Chase

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

  • Produce Team: organizes, wraps, and stores the fresh produce that comes in during the summer months.
  • 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.
  • Inventory Team: helps take monthly inventory, plans and places the monthly order from the Regional Food Bank.
  • 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.


Help with Delivery Day

About 90% 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 Oneonta. 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 Audrey Murray: 607-547-8902 or by Email.
*to ensure the safety of our clients and volunteers, we will open at 11:30 on delivery days.