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Getting food is one of the biggest challenges in life at the time of coronavirus, especially for those who need it.

Now, two local organizations are helping to do something.

AdkAction in Saranac Lake, and Hub on the Hill in Essex, New York, have launched an emergency food package project to help local families deal with food insecurity due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Each EFP contains about one week of fresh food and healthy food that is prepared. Food is purchased from local farms and prepared using paid local labor. EFP will be sent directly to the doorstep of needy households, free of charge.

“I have never been in a position where I need help like this so it’s not easy but it is a relief.” said one of the EFP recipients.

Both organizations aim to provide 100 food boxes every week for the next 10 weeks. As many as 1,000 packages – representing 15,000 meals – will be made and delivered.

Each Emergency Food Package contains eggs, bread, apples, healthy snacks, yogurt, green vegetables, granola, soup, and two large trays of frozen appetizers.

“We feel we have to change direction and do something significant to help so many families in need. We have been handling food insecurity since 2017 with our Farmacy Project, so this new effort stems from that work and recognizes enormous new barriers to food access provided by COVID-19, “ said Brittany Christenson, executive director of AdkAction.

AdkAction has launched a fundraising campaign asking for the help of more than 400 members and the board of directors, as well as project partners and the general public. More than $ 47,000 was collected in the first week of the campaign, enough to support the first 850 EFP.

The goal is to raise $ 55,000 to support the creation and delivery of 1,000 EFPs home over the next 10 weeks. If the goals are exceeded, AdkAction and The Hub on the Hill will use additional funding to expand the program and provide more EFP for families in need.

“We are fortunate to be in a position to help. The hub has been focused on strengthening food system infrastructure throughout the region for the past five years and watching it pays off when needed is really beneficial. In times of uncertainty, we can channel our energy and capacity in a meaningful way, and for that we are grateful, “ said Jori Wekin, director of The Hub on the Hill.

Anyone who wants to help can donate an Emergency Food Package of $ 55. To learn more, visit https://emergencyfoodpackages.funraise.org/ or www.adkaction.org.

Individuals and families in need are being screened and selected by the Joint Council for Economic Opportunities (JCEO), the Adirondack Community Action Program (ACAP), and Community Connections.

AdkAction staff time, software, and other resources are donated to the EFP Project to ensure that 100% of donations received are spent on food from local farmers, and also on fair wages for staff at Hub on the Hill who make and deliver Food Packages Emergency

AdkAction is a New York Nonprofit Company, with Articles of Association submitted to the State Department of the State of New York, and recognized as a charity 501 (c) (3) by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Donations can be tax deductible.

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