Feeding Our Neighbors Campaign Kicks-Off -Hudson Valley Press
01/28/2015 | News Articles
NEWBURGH - Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York marked the mid-Hudson region kick-off of the archdiocesan-wide Feeding Our Neighbors campaign at St. Mary’s Church in the City of Newburgh. Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, executive director, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York; Tom Urtz, VP, Operations, ShopRite; Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus; and Fr. Bill Scafidi, St. Mary’s Church, which will be a beneficiary of food collected through the Feeding Our Neighbors campaign, each spoke at the kick-off to highlight the important role the campaign plays to address hunger in our community during the cold winter months.
"The Feeding Our Neighbors campaign provides us with an opportunity to remind people that even though the holidays are over, there is still need in our community - and with that gentle reminder they generously give to help their hungry neighbors in need," said Monsignor Sullivan. "We are grateful to have ShopRite Supermarkets partner with us to significantly enhance this year’s campaign."
ShopRite’s Urtz announced that the supermarket’s 26 stores in the Hudson Valley region will participate in Feeding Our Neighbors from Sunday, January 25 through Saturday, February 7. At check-out, shoppers will be provided with an opportunity to make a cash or can donation that will go directly toward the campaign.
"ShopRite is proud to be a partner on this year’s comprehensive response to hunger," said Urtz. "As an organization, we have a strong commitment to giving back to the community in which we live and work. By including our 26 stores as donation collection sites, we will be able to extend the Feeding our Neighbors campaign reach into the Hudson Valley."
"Childhood well-being and nutrition are issues that transcend party politics," said County Executive Neuhaus. "Thanks to the generous support of Catholic Charities and ShopRite, we are building on the success of our veterans’ food pantry to feed hungry children across this region."
"Both St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart parishes have very active programs that provide food to those in need in the City of Newburgh. There are programs like these throughout Orange County that help feed the hungry in our community, regardless of religious affiliation," said Father Bill Scafidi. "We are grateful for the generous support from ShopRite this year. By partnering with Catholic Charities, they will help bring greater attention to the issue of hunger and expand our ability to feed the hungry."
ShopRite joins Catholic Charities in this effort to raise food and funds to replenish food pantries and soup kitchens during the winter season, a critical time for those dealing with issues of hunger. Working together to maximize the campaign’s impact, they hope to collect and distribute one million meals to feed the hungry across New York and the Hudson Valley.