Food insecurity is an issue that affects millions of citizens in the U.S. and many directly in Ulster County.
SUNY New Paltz students can give a helping hand to those in need in local communities by contributing to the Ulster County Food Fight, held annually in the county.
The Food Fight is a contest among mid-Hudson libraries to see which can raise the most food.
There are 12 libraries in participation including the close-by Gardiner library.
In fact, Gardiner was last year’s winner, and the library hopes to help even more people this year.
Those wishing to help can donate food to the nearby Gardiner library before Oct. 18.
The library’s hours are 12-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and 12-4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
When dropping off food items it is important that they be non-perishable.
Donors should bring items such as canned soups or foods, pasta, dried meal kits, juice, water and similar items.
Products brought to the Gardiner Library will later be delivered to the Helping Hands Food Pantry in Gardiner.
The issue of hunger in the United States and in our immediate communities is worth a great deal of attention.
No one should have to wonder if they are going to be able to eat when they wake up especially as the global pandemic continues.
By participating in the Ulster County Food Fight, New Paltz students can help support the local population and put food on tables.