No Child Goes Hungry (NCGH) is pleased to provide the YMCA of Central New York with a $300 donation to support the building and initial stocking of a little free pantry to help feed families in need in the greater Syracuse area.
Syracuse, New York, ranks eighteenth in the national poverty list.
“During COVID-19, our community has been hugely impacted,” said Mary Beth Anderson, YMCA of CNY Eastern District Director of Development. “Our area food banks have a specified amount of food that they can provide, and we would like to be an additional resource for the community.”
According to Anderson, this first NCGH-funded pantry will hopefully be the first in a network of pantries built and stocked by volunteer teens to serve as a resource for families in need.
“We are so grateful to No Child Goes Hungry for supporting our vision of free food access to area families and for giving us the grant we need to build and stock our first little free pantry,” said Anderson. “It is through the generosity of organizations like No Child Goes Hungry and their donors that we’re able to accomplish our goal of battling food insecurity, especially during this difficult time.”
Rev. Kären Rasmussen, No Child Goes Hungry Founder and Director, said she is encouraged by the wide variety of organizations leveraging the little free pantry model to support food insecurity efforts in their communities.
“We’ve seen faith-based organizations, schools, community non-profits, and even individual families building and caring for little free pantries,” said Rasmussen. “It is one of the easiest and most impactful ways that neighbors can help their neighbors and ensure no child goes to bed hungry. I encourage everyone who wants to make a difference in the battle against childhood hunger but doesn’t know where to start to consider donating to, or building, a little free pantry.”
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