Orange Regional Medical Center, in partnership with Eat Smart New York – a Cornell Cooperative Extension program, is collecting healthy food donations from January 4 to January 20, 2017. The Nourish Your Neighbor healthy food drive promotes local change that makes it easier for our neighbors living and working in Orange County to eat well.
Food pantries fill the gap for families that struggle to make ends meet, but many of the donations typically received are high in sugar, fat, sodium, and calories, and often lack key nutrients. This can be especially hard on children and those living with chronic disease. Healthy food drives emphasize the need for nutritious foods such as brown rice, low-sodium canned vegetables, nuts and seeds, and 100% fruit juice.
“As a healthcare leader in the Hudson Valley, Orange Regional Medical Center is committed to improving the health of all whom we serve, including those who are food insecure” said Greater Hudson Valley Health System Director of Community Health, Amanda Langseder. “We are proud to partner with Eat Smart New York to provide healthy food choices to those in need.”
Community members are encouraged to drop off their donations of healthy food items through January 20 to Orange Regional Medical Center’s main lobby located at 707 East Main St. Middletown, NY from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
About Eat Smart New York Hudson Valley
Eat Smart New York (ESNY) Nutrition Education is free to all individuals who qualify for and/or receive benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). ESNY provides nutrition education materials and sponsors education events and classes in local communities on a variety of nutrition topics like: healthy eating on a budget, smart shopping for vegetables and fruit, healthy meal planning, basic cooking and food safety skills, weight control and physical activity. The goals of the Eat Smart New York program are to: eat more fruits and vegetables, drink less sugar-sweetened beverages, exercise more and balance calories eaten as part of a healthy lifestyle. The program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and is an equal opportunity provider and employer.