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Cortland Cares COVID Fund donations off to a jumpstart

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Cortland United Way Executive Director Christella Yonta called into WXHC this morning and updated the community on the recently launched “Cortland Cares COVID Fund”, which aims to support the area’s food and assistance programs.

According to Yonta, more than $1500 was donated by members of the community during the first 24 hours of the campaign.

The special fund was established by a $25k gift from the Cortland Community Foundation, which is also matching every other donation dollar-for-dollar.


More info on local food programs:

Loaves and Fishes is still offering meals, although they are now grab-and-go with no sit-down dining available. Call them with questions at (607) 756-6195.

Salvation Army has been delivering food to homes on Tuesdays/ Thursdays and can be reached at (607)753-9363 to get on the list/ They’re doing 30 homes each of those days and have assistance getting out to homes in the more rural areas.

Catholic Charities is also still running their food pantry, requiring a scheduled appointment to ensure compliance with social distancing. If you need food, prescriptions, homeless services, or for other urgent needs, please call 756-5992, ext. 115.

Meals on Wheels and the helping hands food pantry at the County office building continue to respond to the needs of seniors.

Additionally, Family Counseling Services is utilizing telehealth for counseling appointments and medication assisted treatment. They are accepting new patients and anyone in need of service can call (607)753-0234.

For more information about any of these services, simply dial 211 or visit

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