There is a saying at People to People, the Nanuet-based food pantry, that people aren’t just hungry during the holidays.
People to People Executive Director Diane Serratore said that a lot of people and groups donate around various holidays, but months like January, February and March don’t bring in as much food. However, that doesn’t lessen the number of people who need it.
“During the winter months it’s incredibly important to us that the community do what they can to help feed our hungry neighbors,” Serratore said. “We provide food to over 1,200 families a month, every single month, and we can’t do that without the support of groups like the Boy Scouts and rotaries and the Nam Knights.”
People to People received a large donation on Saturday from Boy Scout Troop 97, based in New City. The troop donated more than 3,000 pounds of pasta. Serratore said Boy and Girl Scout troops are always a big help when they hold food drives, something that starts to pick up around this time of the year as warmer weather moves in. She added that in the coming weeks there is a Girl Scout troop holding four food drives for People to People and the Nam Knights and Rockland Community College students are also going to collect items to donate.
“We always need cereal, we always need tuna fish, we always need soup,” Serratore said. “I always say that if everybody does a little bit we can make a big difference and we can make sure that no child goes to bed hungry here in Rockland County.”
Serratore added they are also working on putting in place a program over the summer to get kids breakfast and lunch, especially in Nyack, Spring Valley and Haverstraw, as the summer is their next really busy time of the year.
“The next big crunch for us really is the summer because many of our clients have children who receive lunch and breakfast at the school through the subsidized lunch and breakfast programs,” she said. “Well when school is closed, they don’t get those meals.”