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St. Thomas food pantry goes high tech with the CoolBot

Interim pastor, The Rev. Dr. Robert Flanagan, blessed the garden at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Amenia Union where a new CoolBot unit keeps fresh produce cool. The food is then distributed by The Food of Life/Comida de Vida Pantry to those in need, free of charge. photo submitted

AMENIA UNION — If R2D2 and C3PO ever decide to drop in for a visit from a galaxy far, far away, they will find a kindred spirit at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Amenia Union, where the newly installed CoolBot is front and center in the fight against hunger.

There, according to interim pastor The Rev. Dr. Robert Flanagan, CoolBot, an 8-by-8-by-8 foot structure guided by a robot-like component, does the duty of about a dozen refrigerators as it protects produce distributed at The Food of Life/Comida de Vida Pantry. 

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