On Thursday, Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef will proclaim September 9 through 15, Hunger Awareness & Action Week. He will be joined by representatives from county-wide organizations, including People to People, Catholic Community Services, Good Samaritan Hospital and United Way of Rockland County, with the purpose of encouraging the non-profit sector, faith-based organizations, businesses and other community institutions to increase awareness about hunger in local communities.
“It is estimated that 20,000 residents of Rockland County turn to local food pantries for support every month," said Vanderhoef. "We are especially hoping that during this week special efforts will be made to increase support for local food pantries and feeding programs.”
The threefold purpose of the Hunger Awareness Week campaign is to:
-Bring heightened awareness to the issue of hunger and how it is affecting individuals and families.
-Educate the community at-large about existing programs and efforts to address hunger in Rockland County.
-Directly increase support to local food pantries and feeding programs, which continually serve individuals and families in Rockland County.