SCARSDALE, N.Y. - Several Scarsdale Middle School students and staff members assisted some of the county’s most vulnerable residents through a Diabetic Food Drive that benefitted nearly 150 families.
Last week, students at the Scarsdale Middle School helped the Hillside Food Outreach - which takes care of diabetics that are in need - through a food drive for the “more than 140 households that are diabetic out of the 700 families served” by the Hillside Food Outreach program in Westchester.
In total, the Hillside Food Outreach is responsible for supplying food to more than 2,000 men, women and children each month that are in need of assistance with obtaining food for their families and have limited access to local pantries.
Each month, Hillside puts together food bags that contain “wholesome and appealing foods” that accommodate the needs of clients with nutrition-influenced illnesses.
“We are grateful to the students, staff and parents who not only purchased, but also packed 140 bags of the diabetic food for delivery to our clients,” Hillside Food Outreach Executive Director Kathleen Purdy said in a letter to the district. “It is a very difficult thing to rely on food pantries for food, but even worse when the pantry cannot supply the food that you need to have. We so appreciate the efforts and hard work in helping us with this endeavor.
“I know it may be hard for others to realize, but there are very many children, adults and seniors in our neighborhoods that often go unnoticed, but who are in great need. What (Scarsdale) did was a very wonderful act of kindness and it really makes such a difference to help our neighbors.”