Catskill Regional Medical Center Holds Healthy Food Drive to Support Local Families
Catskill Regional Medical Center, in partnership with Eat Smart New York – a Cornell Cooperative Extension program, is collecting healthy food donations during the month of December. The Nourish Your Neighbor healthy food drive promotes local change that makes it easier for our neighbors living and working in Sullivan County to eat well.
Food pantries fill the gap for families that struggle to make ends meet, but many of the donations typically received are high in sugar, fat, sodium, and calories, and often lack key nutrients. This can be especially hard on children and those living with chronic disease. Healthy food drives emphasize the need for nutritious foods such as brown rice, low-sodium canned vegetables, nuts and seeds, and 100% fruit juice.
“As a community hospital, Catskill Regional Medical Center is committed to improving the health of Sullivan County,” said Greater Hudson Valley Health System Director of Community Health, Amanda Langseder, “We are proud to partner with Eat Smart New York to provide healthy food choices to those in need.”
In November, a similar food drive facilitated by the Catskill Regional staff collected healthy food donations for the St. Peter’s Food Pantry in Liberty. The Liberty food pantry fed 214 families in Sullivan County, a noteworthy outcome for a county that ranked 61st out of 62 counties for overall health outcomes in 2016 (www.countyhealthrankings.org). Event organizers are hopeful for another great response this month.
How To Donate
Community members are encouraged to drop off their donations of healthy food items through December 23, at any of the donation box locations at Catskill Regional Medical Center, 68 Harris-Bushville Road in Harris, NY:
- Community Services
- Main Lobby
Everyone who donates will receive a complimentary Nourish Your Neighbor shopping bag, which can be picked up in the library at Catskill Regional.
About Eat Smart New York Hudson Valley
Eat Smart New York (ESNY) Nutrition Education is free to all individuals who qualify for and/or receive benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). ESNY provides nutrition education materials and sponsors education events and classes in local communities on a variety of nutrition topics like: healthy eating on a budget, smart shopping for vegetables and fruit, healthy meal planning, basic cooking and food safety skills, weight control and physical activity. The goals of the Eat Smart New York program are to: eat more fruits and vegetables, drink less sugar-sweetened beverages, exercise more and balance calories eaten as part of a healthy lifestyle. The program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Harris. NY – 12/15/2016