Thruway Rest Stop to Host Labor Day Potluck

By Fred Furnace

Published August 30th, 2015

COXSACKIE —Vacationers traveling home on the New York State Thruway this Labor Day are invited to participate in an open-to-the-public “potluck” sponsored by the New Baltimore rest stop just south of Albany.

"Lots of people will be driving home on the Thruway that day and we figure, most of those people will be tired of what they have been eating all weekend," said Bill Bumble, general manager of the rest stop between Thruway exits 21A and 21B. "So we came up with the idea of a potluck to help solve that problem.”

Bumble said the idea is simple: “If you have leftover food you want to get rid of, just drop it off on one of the outdoor tables we will set up. And while you are there, help yourself to some of the food dropped off by other Thruway travelers.”

Anyone stopping at the rest stop will be invited to participate.

“We want this to be like any other potluck; the kind of thing you might have at your work or church," Bumble explained. “So we aren’t planning to implement any fancy rules about what people can bring, or how long food can stay out in the sun. After all, we aren’t the FDA; we’re the Thruway.”

The potluck — the first of its kind in the state — will also provide a great opportunity for strangers to mingle and sample each other’s wares, Bumble said.

“You’ve heard the saying: one man’s trash is another man’s treasure? Well, we think that will be especially true with this potluck. I don't know why we didn't think of this sooner."

The Center for Disease Control, meanwhile, is encouraging travelers to stay far away from the Thruway potluck event due to "significant food safety concerns."

“I’d avoid it like the plague,” warned Dennis Paul, CDC director for Food-Borne Diseases. “And I’m not being figurative. You might actually contract the plague.”


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