The Food Bank held its annual Reception in the warehouse in Cornwall-on-Hudson. It’s our opportunity to say thank you to all of our volunteers, member agencies, and supporters who are there for us throughout the year. We are proud to have honored three outstanding people for their commitment in the fight against hunger in the Hudson Valley. Reverend Darlene Kelly, pastor of the Clinton Avenue Methodist Church and Director of the Caring Hands Food Pantry in Kingston, Barbara Thompson-Fix, volunteer extraordinaire, and Paul Tesoro who has served on our advisory Board, and the Board of Directors of the Regional Food Bank for many years, and a very good friend of the Food Bank. We were very pleased to welcome New York State Assemblyman James Skoufis, Cornwall-on-Hudson Mayor Brendan Coyne, and all of our very special friends who joined us for an evening of great food, great music, and a truly wonderful time. There are more Photos on our Facebook page
The Food Bank of the Hudson valley is participating in Hunger in America 2014, an in-depth survey of food insecurity conducted once every four years. Food banks around the country will interview their clients in order to assess the severity of hunger throughout the country. The Food Bank is looking to recruit volunteers from the community to help with the survey.
Volunteers will have the opportunity to take on a variety of roles as we conduct our site visits this summer. Many will be in charge of recruiting participants for the study. Others will talk clients through an informed consent process and get them set up to take the tablet-based survey.
Other volunteer roles are as simple as tracking the number of clients who use a particular food pantry or soup kitchen. Leadership positions are also available.
The Food Bank of the Hudson Valley is participating in the study along with nearly 200 other food banks across the country. When completed, Hunger in America 2014 will be the largest study of charitable food assistance in the United States, providing comprehensive data on Feeding America’s food distribution system and the people it serves.
The last study, Hunger in America 2010, produced an extremely detailed report, drawing on data from more than 61,000 interviews with clients and surveys of 37,000 hunger relief agencies.
. Here is what we are looking for in our Hunger Study volunteers:
• Interest in the study and its purpose
• Enthusiasm, flexibility and patience
• Strong computer and internet skills
• Capable of interacting positively with diverse populations
• Comfortable approaching clients and asking them to complete the survey
• Will use good judgment and show sensitivity towards clients
• Have the ability/interest to travel (by car) throughout the Food Bank service area
Every year, Kiwanis International designates a day in April as Kiwanis One Day. This is a day when every Kiwanis Club throughout the world plans a project that will benefit the local community. This year, “Kiwanis One Day” in our region was April 13. The Hudson River West Kiwanis Division including, the clubs of Orange, Ulster and Sullivan Counties walked to fight hunger, and once again proceeds will benefit the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley. The Walk kicked off at 10 a.m. at three locations. Shannen Park, Route 284, Slate Hill in Orange County, in Sullivan County, at Rails To Trails’ in Mountaindale, and in Ulster County at Berme Road Park in Ellenville. DPLTG Sue Sheehan, of the Hudson River West Division told us, “We are so proud of what our Division has done this second year of our Annual Walk For Hunger to Benefit the Food Bank’s work in feeding the hungery in our communities. The Kiwanis Division raised $3,265.00” Sue went on to say, “A big THANK YOU goes out to members of the Kiwanis Family and the general public who came to our walks with food and monetary donations. We couldn’t have done it without you.” The Food Bank is grateful for the more than 1,300 pounds of food that was also donated by the participants!
Shannen Park – Orange County Walk
Berme Road Park – Ulster County Walk
Mountaindale’s “Rails to Trails” – Sullivan County Walk
The 2013 Markertek Open to Benefit The Food Bank of the Hudson Valley will once again be held at The Lazy Swan Golf & Country Club Village. The Markertek Open is a full 18-hole charitable golf tournament including Cart, Incredible Goody Bags, Beverages, Snacks, Continental Breakfast, Lunch and Awards Banquet. Prizes for Longest Drive, Closet to Pin, Team Winners and the coveted Most Honest Golfer (Skunk) Trophies. Awesome raffle prizes too!
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