POUGHKEEPSIE – In response to its first food drive in May, the Drive-Through All for One Food Community Effort hosted its second drive-through event on North Hamilton Street in the City of Poughkeepsie on Sunday.
As food insecurity continues to be a concern across the country and in the Hudson Valley due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical for co-organizer Dr. Seema Rizvi and Dr. Rabbi Sinha to continue their efforts to provide healthy food for the needy. family.
“That’s the most important thing to give them this kind of thing,” said Dr. Rizvi. “I thank the Hispanic community who participated in making the food bags, which was their idea. This is very good in terms of health. “
Dr. Rizvi estimates that around 800 people will show up to collect the food donations raised over the four days of the collection effort. During their last event, around 1,300 donation boxes were collected.
State Senator Sue Serino, a Republican, and Karen Smythe, her Democratic opponent, also appeared, along with State Assembly candidate Laurette Giordano. Mayor Rob Rolison was at the food drive and said “Combating food insecurity is a struggle that should involve everyone. I thank Dr. Rizvi and Dr. Sinha for their hard work.”
Incumbent Serino praised the efforts of All for One.
“Because it’s an interfaith community, we have a great community so people help out,” he said.
They each share plans to deal with the economic strife left by the pandemic if they are to be elected.
“There are a lot of areas that we can cut, and that we need to cut,” said Serino. “Those are things that we will work on and help small businesses, and not just small businesses, but everyone everywhere.”
“We need to revive the economy in a really balanced way,” Smythe said, “where everyone has a chance to find a job.”
“We need to change the tax code,” said Giordano. “We have to start paying over 10 percent his fair share.”
Apart from the interfaith community All for One, the Dutchess Wingate Nursing Home, the Sapphire Nursing Home, Landing Poughkeepsie Assisted Living, the VBMC Health Quest Internal Medicine Residency Program and the Gray Stone Program are also ready to help with this food donation effort.
Both Drs. Rizvi and Sinha have worked between two food drive-throughs to provide grocery bags, grocery store gift cards and cash donations to a local food bank.
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