Posts Tagged ‘food pantry’

The SNAP Gap

Monday, February 25th, 2019

The results of a food drive for our emergency food closetsSince continued funding was uncertain during the recent government shutdown, the SNAP program (Supplemental Nutrition Access Program, formerly known as food stamps) handed out February benefits in January. The caveat for recipients, however, was that they were expected to spread those benefits over six weeks instead of four–but for a hungry family, that can be a challenge. Now that the shutdown is over, clients may have gone through their SNAP funds already–and face a food shortage for the end of the month.

We weren’t about to sit back and let this happen, of course. HVCS is assisting clients in this situation through the food closet program. With support from generous donors, corporations and foundations, we’re offering our clients double the amount of food bags this month.

According to Hunger Solutions New York, which funds our Nutrition Outreach and Education Program, in March SNAP benefits will be issued early in order to assist SNAP participants to bridge the gap between the January payments and their regularly scheduled March benefits. All March SNAP benefits will be issued by March 7th.

We are committed to ensuring that clients and their families have enough nutritious food to eat no matter what happens in Washington.

The Most Important Meal Returns on Oct 28!

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

Our “endless cereal buffet” returns to the Fishkill Recreation Center on Sunday, October 28th from 9:30 to 12 noon. Get your fill with an all-you-can-eat buffet featuring an array of cereals with mix-ins and topping galore, a variety of Hudson Valley Fresh milks, oatmeal, and fresh fruit, plus coffee provided by the Crafted Kup, tea and juices. We’ll also have a silent auction with lots of fun items, and everyone takes home a souvenir bowl.

“The Most Important Meal” is presented this year by Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union.

Tickets are $30 each but kids under 12 can eat for free. This is a great event for families–Halloween costumes encouraged!

We’ll devote the proceeds to our emergency food closets so everyone can feel good about chowing down on a Sunday morning.

You can also opt to purchase a table of 10 for only $200 ($10 off each ticket) and we’ll recognize all our table captains at the event. You can also place an ad or greeting on our placemats and in our slideshow presentation.

Get your tickets!

Special thanks to our incredible sponsors!

Title Sponsor:

Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union

Major Support From:

Silver Spoon Sponsors

 

HealthQuest

Network Synergy

RBT

Ruge's Automotive

Stop & Shop

Milk & Cereal Sponsors

Central Hudson

Superior Sounds

Hudson Valley Fresh
M. Furman Printing
Crafted Kup

 

Local Teen Makes an Impact on ARCS' Food Program

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

On Friday, February 25, 2011, Danielle Klausner of Millwood began unloading the final results of months of determined work. Her father pulled the family minivan up to the loading dock at ARCS’ Hawthorne food pantry and a veritable army of teens and kids poured out, ready to carry boxes and bags of non-perishable foods and toiletries through a cold rain. Her journey began weeks ago when she went in search of a community service project for her bat mitzvah. Her father David brought her to the Food Bank of Westchester, located in Millwood, for inspiration. While there, one of the Food Bank employees suggested that Danielle collect foods for a specific agency, and told the Klausners about ARCS. Soon Danielle was on a roll, collecting foods at her temple, in a drop box on their front porch, and in the neighborhood. Soon the donations took over one couch, then another, until the entire living room looked like a food pantry itself!

We are very grateful that Danielle chose ARCS as the recipient of foods from her community service project. Our THRIVES Nutrition program and emergency food closets constantly need additional resources, and Danielle’s collection helped us fill the pantry…for a little while at least. Lucky for us, Danielle, her friends and siblings agreed to come back to volunteer with us in the near future!Danielle and the rest of the Klausner family in front of the results of her bat mitzvah project.