Stop & Shop’s Turkey Express program donated 500 Thanksgiving Turkeys to The Food Bank of the Hudson Valley at the Stop & Shop in Newburgh located on Route 300 in Newburgh last week.
Unlike a flood or storm that affects a limited area, the COVID-19 disaster is unique in that it is affecting communities in all the counties the Food Bank serves. The Food Bank of the Hudson Valley is committed to meeting the food needs of people who are negatively impacted by this crisis. It is the only not-for-profit in the region that can respond on such a wide scale, and it takes that obligation very seriously. Since March 16, 2020, the Food Bank has: Provided 13.3 million pounds of food, 11 million meals through daily distributions to partner agencies to help them serve the growing number of people seeking assistance, a 53% increase over the same period last year. It has Shipped over 1.3 million pounds of food almost 1.1 million meals for special distributions in six counties and other hard hit communities to meet the needs of thousands of people, many of whom are unemployed and in need of food assistance for the first time. It has provided over 41 hundred meals for restaurant/hospitality workers who have been especially hard hit by mandated business closings and provided 66% more food to 59 school Back Pack Programs including meat, eggs, milk, and juice for sites that can safely store and distribute perishables. And it has provided more than 173 thousand meals to almost 34 hundred seniors living in senior housing sites.
Stop & Shop’s Turkey Express program will deliver more than 18,000 turkeys to hunger relief organizations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey and New York this holiday season.