Hoosick Falls Food Pantry Observes National Hunger Awareness
As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, people take time to consider what they’re thankful for and donate some of their time, attention and resources to those less fortunate.
In the spirit of thankfulness and giving, each year the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign against Hunger and Homelessness set aside the week prior to Thanksgiving to sponsor the National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Last year during this week, more than 750 high schools, colleges, community groups and faith-based groups from cities across the United States came together to bring awareness to pressing issues: hunger and homelessness.
In Hoosick Falls, the HACA Food Pantry steps up to meet the needs with additional food distributions through Thanksgiving and Christmas food boxes. The reduction in Food Stamps (Snap) on November 1 has brought on a surge of requests for Thanksgiving food boxes. It is expected that the final count will far exceed the 152 given out in 2012. Still needed are 100 pies and 150 packages of muffin or sweet bread mixes. Other items running low at the Pantry are spaghetti sauce, canned fruit, jello, juice and canned vegetables, as well as personal care items such as bar soap, shampoo and tooth paste.
Food donations can be dropped off at the Pantry Monday and Friday between 10 a.m. and noon, or Wednesday evening between 6:30 and 8 p.m., or at the Hoosick Falls Federal Credit Union.
Cash donations may be mailed to HACA, PO Box #1, Hoosick Falls, N.Y. 12090. For every $1 collected, HACA can purchase $6 worth of food from the Regional Food Bank.