Helping struggling Schoharie County families eat well
Following the devastation from storms Irene and Lee, a group of volunteers and churches in Schoharie County joined to form The Joshua Project. In the weeks after the flood, Joshua Project volunteers served 30,000 meals from a tiny kitchen at Our Lady of the Valley Church in Middleburgh. As they worked to meet critical needs for food, safety and shelter, volunteers noticed underlying conditions of hunger, poverty and economic struggle.
So the Joshua Project broadened its mission to include long-term support for individuals and families in need. Last summer, with the help of United Way funding and food provided by the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, Joshua Project members delivered backpacks filled with food to children from low-income families who relied on free or reduced-price meals during the school year.
“These are children who would otherwise go without lunch,” said Pat Costello, one of the project’s coordinators. One little girl stepped off her school bus, started crying and wouldn’t move. When asked what was wrong she replied, “There’s no food in my house. I don’t want to go inside.”
It’s tough to believe that in our land of plenty, and across the Capital Region, there are children and families who struggle to put food on the table. This little girl’s story has a happy ending thanks to The Joshua Project and United Way’s partnership. Hundreds of more children and families across the Capital Region don’t have to worry about where their next meal is coming from because of United Way contributors, volunteers and the efforts of United Way’s United Against Hunger initiative.
United Way funded partner: Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York; The Joshua Project
United Way initiative: United Against Hunger