Food insecurity is still a big issue in the Hudson Valley. Since the COVID-19 outbreak food pantries all over the Hudson Valley have seen an increase in clients. Students not returning to school this fall means that the children relying on school food programs are still counting on food from another source. We also still have parents who haven't been able to get back to work which very often results in less money for the household food budget.

On Saturday, September 26th ShopRite of Kingston will be holding their ShopRite Partners In Caring Food Drive to benefit People's Place a thrift store and food pantry at 17 St. James Street in Kingston that supports the local area. ShopRite is asking that you help by purchasing ready-made bags or other items from the store that are on a wish list. The wish list is available at ShopRite customer service. Unfortunately, they will not be able to accept outside donations due to extra precautions.

The event will run 10 AM to 3 PM on the 26th at the ShopRite at 801 Miron Lane in Kingston. Associates will be there to assist you with your donations. Head to the Floral Department if you have questions they can help and they also have the ready-made bags you can purchase. You can reach ShopRite by phone at (845) 336-7800.

If you are unable to make this event, no worries. There is most likely a food pantry in your community that could use donations. Check in with your local municipality to see if they have a list of food pantries near you. You can also contact the Food Bank of The Hudson Valley to find a food donation site closer to your community.