Photo: Elks Help Food Pantry

— Photo from Michael Jones

The Guilderland Elks donated $2,000 — a grant from the Elks’ national headquarters — to the Guilderland Food Pantry, which Executive Director Mac McDonnell, center, said will be used for holiday meals and for backpack programs at six Guilderland schools for which the food pantry provides 50 backpacks filled with food every Friday to help students get through the weekend. The Guilderland Elks had previously donated $1,500 to the pantry as well as over 1,000 pounds of food and household items. McDonnell is flanked by Michael Jones, past state vice president, grant administer, at left, and by Exalted Ruler of Guilderland Lodge 2480 Bob Ballerstein.