Emergency Food Packages

Stretch Goal has been Met!

Wow – in just a few short weeks more than 650 donors have helped us raise over $130,000 to create Emergency Food Packages for for local families facing food insecurity due to the COVID 19 crisis.  

With this funding we will be able to provide more than 2300 boxes of fresh, healthy food to local families in need. That’s 35,000 meals! Additionally, we will be expanding the program for a total of 14 weeks. 

Although we have met our fundraising goals, we will continue to accepting donations at the following link: 

https://emergencyfoodpackages.funraise.org/

Any new donations above the $130,000 will support the work that AdkAction and the Hub on the Hill are doing to build a more resilient local food system during the pandemic crisis and into the future. With your help, our region will emerge from this crisis with a stronger food system than ever before.

AdkAction has partnered with the Hub on the Hill to create Emergency Food Packages (EFPs) that contain one week’s worth of healthy meals for local families facing food insecurity due to the COVID 19 crisis.  

The food in the box is being purchased from local farms and prepared and delivered using paid, local labor at the Hub on the Hill in Essex, New York. Families in need are being screened and selected by local agencies. We currently have the capacity to serve Essex, Clinton, and Franklin Counties.

If you or someone you know would like to request an Emergency Food Package, please contact JCEO, ACAP, or Community Connections. Contact information is listed later on this page.

Request an Emergency Food Package

To request an Emergency Food Package, please contact one of the agencies below depending on your location. 

In the News

The Coronavirus outbreak is only heightening the problem of hunger, and food insecurity in the North Country. AdkAction has kicked off a campaign to deliver 1,000 Emergency Food Packages, which include a week’s worth of meals, free of charge, to families in need throughout the Eastern Adirondacks. We talked with the Executive Director of Adk Action, Brittany Christenson, about the program. View the interview here.

Obtaining food is one of the biggest challenges of living in the time of coronavirus, especially for those in need. Now, two local organizations are helping to do something about it.

AdkAction in Saranac Lake, and the Hub on the Hill in Essex, New York, have launched an emergency food packages project to assist local families facing food insecurity due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Each EFP contains about a week’s worth of fresh food and healthy, prepared meals. The food is purchased from local farms and prepared using paid, local labor. The EFP will be delivered directly to the doorsteps of households in need, free of charge.

Continue reading the full article.

Starting today, 100 boxes full of food purchased from local farms are being delivered for free to the homes of families deemed to be facing food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties.

Two local organizations are working together to feed these people, with help from donors. AdkAction, based in Saranac Lake, and the Hub on the Hill, based in Essex, partnered up two-and-a-half weeks ago to start planning and designing the new Emergency Food Packages program.

Contents vary, but AdkAction’s website says a typical box would include frozen lunches and dinners, a dozen eggs, a loaf of bread, yogurt, soup, greens, apples and healthy snacks — all locally produced.

Today’s deliveries are to be the first of many. These deliveries are planned to continue every week for the next 10 weeks. That’s a total of 1,000 packages intended to cover 15,000 meals.

Continue reading the full article here. 

SARANAC LAKE — After lots of positive feedback, more than 35,000 delivered meals and tens of thousands of dollars in donations, AdkAction and the Hub on the Hill are expanding their Emergency Food Packages program for those facing food insecurity — which is on the rise during the COVID-19 outbreak.

They had previously set out to package and deliver 1,000 EFPs over the course of 10 weeks. Now, only two weeks in, AdkAction has exceeded its “stretch” fundraising goal of $75,000 and is now approaching $115,000, donated by more than 500 individuals.

At the same time, the need for these packages is much greater than originally estimated. The EFPs are for people who have recently lost their jobs, are unable to shop safely or need extra food assistance because of the pandemic and the resulting shutdowns.

Continue reading the full article by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise. 

Resources

ANCA’s Local Food Map

ANCA is compiling a map of farm stores in our region that are remaining open during the COVID-19 pandemic and farms that offer alternative buying options. Click the map above to open the interactive map viewer. 

Welcome to the online database for the Adirondack Region.

What is 2-1-1?

2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember telephone number to call for free, confidential information and referral.  2-1-1 Adirondack Region provides direct, personal and professional assistance for human services and is a vital resource to connect people with important services and volunteer opportunities.

A Strong Regional Partnership

United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. has partnered with 2-1-1 Hudson Valley to make this a reality in the Adirondack Region (Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties). The Regional 2-1-1 Collaborative has engaged local and state governments, agencies, business leaders, information and referral specialists and community volunteers to create a system that matches a caller’s need with the right agency to assist. The partnership is known as  2-1-1 Adirondack Region.

Visit the United Way 211 website here.

COVID-19 Community Resources for the Adirondacks

Valuable Information & Local Support During This Unprecedented Time

If there’s one thing to be learned from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it’s that we’re all in this together. Although the situation is constantly changing, one thing that won’t change is the dedication of community groups and organizations to helping us all get through this. Thorough the website below, you’ll find a variety of resources that can help local families and the Adirondack community.

Community Resources from Adirondack.net

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