HASTINGS, N.Y. -- Hastings' Family-to-Family is joining with Welch's in launching a new hunger relief effort in Westchester County.
The DoorKnob Dinners Project is opening on Saturday, April 26 in Hastings-on-Hudson. Community members in the area will hang their DoorKnob Dinners on their front doors between 9 a.m. and noon Saturday, April 26 for pickup from Family-to-Family neighborhood coordinators. The DoorKnob Dinners will go to the pantry in the community at the Hastings-on-Hudson food pantry.
“The poor and the working poor have such a hard time making ends meet here in Hastings partly because rents are so high,” says Donny Waterous, the Hastings on Hudson Youth Advocate and Pantry director. “While some families are eligible for government aid, many are not and fall through the cracks. Family-to-Family’s programs ensure that our community food pantry stays stocked with food.”
The program will continue once a month to help those in need. The list of groceries for each month’s dinner, along with a recipe for recipient families, will be posted on the Family-to-Family website. April’s groceries are two boxes of pasta, two jars of sauce, broccoli, a bulb of garlic and one loaf of fresh bread.
“The Doorknob Dinner Project is an exciting new program for us,” says Pam Koner, F-to-F’s founder. “We love the idea that a family with more provides 1 meal for a neighbor in need and even includes a recipe for the mea…which makes the act so personal and meaningful.”
In addition to “DoorKnob Dinners”, Family-to-Family operates “Kids Can!” and its flagship “Sponsor A Family” program in both Hastings and Dobbs Ferry. “Kids Can!,” an in-school monthly food drive, provides about 5,000 nonperishable food items to the Hastings and Dobbs Ferry food pantries annually, according to a press release.
“Family-to-Family, with the support of Welch’s, is proud to add “DoorKnob Dinners” to the constellation of hunger relief efforts we offer here in the Rivertowns,” says Pam Koner, Executive Director of Family-to-Family. “In fact, Welch's support and partnership is helping us to expand our efforts to help families in all 50 states.”