CLARKSTOWN, N.Y. -- It’s a sad and staggering statistic, but millions of Americans struggle to feed themselves and their families every day – and Rockland County residents are no exception, say local anti-hunger groups.
Rockland Community Against Hunger (RCAH), the umbrella group for a network of food pantries and feeding programs, said this week that one out of five New Yorkers aren’t getting enough to eat.
Just $1 donated to RCAH, it said, can buy four meals at the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley.
More than 200,000 meals are served every month by food pantries and feeding programs in the county.
September is Hunger Action Month, said state Sen. David Carlucci, D-Rockland/Westchester.
In order to bring attention to the issue of hunger, Carlucci made a guest appearance as a bagger at a ShopRite in the Clarkstown hamlet of New City on Wednesday.
Besides asking everyone if they wanted “paper or plastic,” the senator reminded customers about the problem of hunger and asked them to donate to anti-hunger programs.
“No family should have to choose between paying their rent or buying food,” Carlucci said.
Meanwhile, RCAH is preparing for its third annual “Scare Away Hunger” food drive, set for Saturday, Oct. 15, and Sunday, Oct. 16.
The Girls Scouts will help the organization collect donations at the following supermarkets and locations:
- ShopRite: Garnerville, New City, Stony Point, Tallman and West Nyack.
- Stop and Shop: Mount Ivy, New City and West Haverstraw.
- ACME: Mahwah, N.J.
The groups that these donations will benefit are Feeding Body and Soul Food Pantry, Good Counsel Homes, Iglesia La Mission, Meals on Wheels of Rockland, North Rockland Food Pantry, Nyack Food Closet, Rockland Independent Living Center, Rockland Interfaith Breaksfast Program, Sloatsburg Food Pantry, Spring Valley SDA Food Pantry, Spring Valley United Methodist Church Food Pantry, St. Ann’s Food Pantry, St. Peter’s Food Pantry and Together Our Unity Can Heal (TOUCH).
To volunteer for the drive, contact Girl Scout leader Andrea Kivell by calling her at (845)-216-2245, or emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about food pantries and feeding programs, go to www.rocklandhunger.org or email@example.com.