Neighbors helping neighbors: It's what central New York is about, and it's especially important in times like these. A local church is helping its neighbors who may have fallen on hard times because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Redeemer Church in Rome is holding a free food giveaway Tuesday afternoon, May 26, from noon to 3 p.m., or until items are gone. The giveaway is contact-free and will be held at the church at 129 N. Washington St. Everyone is welcome.

This is Redeemer Church's second food giveaway since the coronavirus pandemic hit central New York. The church held its first giveaway earlier this month and gave away items like vegetables, fruits, and milk, in partnership with Compassion Coalition.

With unemployment rates rising, more people have been relying on food banks to get by during this difficult time. There have been a great number of milk giveaways throughout central New York to help dairy farmers and struggling families.

“We are seeing people who have never before sought help come to food pantries, community organizations, and churches because they cannot provide for their families,” Nancy Kern Eaton, president of the United Way of Central New York, told before a milk giveaway at Destiny USA in April. “We are proud to partner in this wonderful effort to distribute milk to families and we are grateful for the incredible generosity of the dairy farmers."

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Cayuga County residents can pick up free milk at two upcoming milk giveaways hosted by the Auburn Rotary Club. The next giveaway is May 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Casey Park Elementary School and there will be another giveaway the following Thursday, June 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Auburn Towne Center Plaza.

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