MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Hillside Food Outreach, a local charity that brings food-pantry services directly to the front doors of those who are homebound, is teaming up with NBC Channel 4 and Mahopac’s Stop & Shop to help restock the pantry’s shelves.
On Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., volunteers will be in front of the grocery store in Lake Plaza Shopping Center, Route 6, to collect food items and hygiene products for the cause.
Hillside Food Outreach serves Putnam and Westchester counties, as well as western Connecticut.
“We home-deliver groceries to people who need a food pantry but can’t get out,” said Kathy Purdy, Hillside’s CEO. “If they can’t get there, we will deliver the food to them. It’s done through referrals. We get a call from another agency that says this person, or this family is in need. The main question we then ask is, are there disabilities or problems that affect their diet because we try to bring healthy options. Everyone should have access to a healthy meal.”
Hillside provides more than canned and box goods. For 21 years it’s been delivering fish, meat, fresh produce and healthy alternatives to things like pasta.
“We have a lot of clients in Mahopac and Carmel,” Purdy said. “We have a total of more than 100 families throughout Putnam County.”
Purdy said all of the items collected at Mahopac’s Stop & Shop will be distributed solely to its Putnam County clientele.
NBC Channel 4 and Telemundo partner with Stop & Shop to help promote the event. This is the third year the store has done it, but the first time in Mahopac, since opening there last November.
“They (NBC) do a tremendous job because they can reach a lot of people,” Purdy said. “The first two collections we did with them were a resounding success.”
Purdy said Hillside Food Outreach seeks healthy food options when possible. They’ll provide a list at their table in front of the store. She said they can’t take frozen or dairy products., but will take hygiene products such as shampoo, soap and toothpaste.
“We get a lot of requests for those,” Purdy said.
Hillside needs volunteers to help with the April 13 food drive at Stop & Shop. Purdy said it’s a great opportunity for high school students to fulfill community service obligations or for Scouts who are trying to earn a badge, but they’ll take volunteers of any age. Those interesting in volunteering can call Purdy at 845-225-3393.