From June 21 to July 5th, School Districts, Businesses, Civic Organizations, and Local Supermarkets are asked to run food drives to benefit all Ulster County Food Pantries and Feeding Programs.
â€œIn the last 18 months, the demand at local food pantries has increased by 25%,â€ says Michael Berg, Executive Director of Family of Woodstock. He continues, â€œNot only are the numbers of people seeking assistance increasing, the demographic of those asking for help has changed. Now weâ€™re seeing working people who canâ€™t make ends meet. Theyâ€™re forced to decide between buying medicine for their children, putting food on the table, and paying rent or mortgage.â€ The Coalition has chosen this time frame to assist those families who traditionally rely on school meal programs for their children, which are not available during the summer months. â€œWhen we celebrate our freedoms on July 4th, we should also make sure that all can celebrate Freedom From Hunger in our county,â€ says Berg.
You can help by coordinating a food drive at your workplace, place of worship, or your neighborhood. Please collect non-perishable food items such as pasta, dry milk, cereal, and canned goods (please NO glass), between June 21-July 5.
Volunteers are needed to help with transporting donations from collection sites, boxing and sorting the food donations, and delivering to the pantries. Please contact UlsterCorps at 481-0331 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. Financial contributions are gratefully accepted and will be used to purchase healthy food. Please make checks payable to Mid-Hudson Coalition to End Hunger c/o UWUC and return to the United Way of Ulster County, 450 Albany Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401.
Please contact Su Marcy, United Way of Ulster County, 845-331-4199, x2 by June 18th to list your collection site and dates for your food drive. Volunteers from the Mid-Hudson Coalition to End Hunger will coordinate with you to arrange pick up and delivery to your local pantry.
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Mid-Hudson Coalition to End Hunger
C/o United Way of Ulster County, 450 Albany Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401