What's going on in local food news March 25 to 31
MONTICELLO, NY — To help combat staggering reports of food insecurity in Sullivan County, NY, Resorts World Catskills is donating to nonprofit A Single Bite to help support its Family Meals Program. Genting Americas East President Bob DeSalvio and Resorts World Catskills Government Affairs and Public Relations Vice President Meghan Taylor presented a $4,500 check from Resorts World to Sims Foster, co-founder of Foster Supply Hospitality and A Single Bite, and Audrey Garro, executive director of A Single Bite. DeSalvio also presented a personal check of $4,500 to the organization.
Collaborating with school administrators, community organizations and dedicated volunteers, A Single Bite has delivered nearly 60,000 prepared meals to low-income families, those affected by the COVID-19 crisis and those who can’t reliably access healthy food. The Family Meals Program was launched during the height of the pandemic to help feed the organization’s neighbors when schools closed in Sullivan County.
“Twenty-four percent of our children are living in poverty. And more than 15 percent of residents experience food insecurity, a crisis that existed well before the pandemic and continues to impact our community,” said Foster. “The partnership of Resorts World Catskills will provide up to 900 children with what is, for many, their only complete meal of the day. We look forward to working together to assist families who are struggling to put food on the table.”
For more information, visit www.asinglebite.org.
PENNSYLVANIA — PA Eats and Feeding Pennsylvania formed a partnership to develop the Nourish PA Series, a resource that utilized their combined missions to develop educational resources to help minimize health risks associated with food insecurity and empower pantry clients to make nourishing meals with the food they receive.
To truly emphasize and celebrate the partnership, the launch and anniversary was set to be in conjunction with National Nutrition Month, an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics promoting informed food choices and healthy habits. A year since its launch, the Nourish PA Series has been able to make progress in its efforts to highlight this common goal by educating Pennsylvanians receiving food assistance on how to prepare simple, accessible meals with affordable, healthy ingredients commonly found in food pantries.
Since its inception, the Nourish PA series has developed seven recipe videos and 21 recipes, including 12 kid-friendly recipes. The resources have been distributed across the state to over 34 pantries and the partnership plans to continue to expand, recruit chefs and receive sponsorships to create the recipes, videos and other digital content.