December 4th, 2013
H.O.P.E. Comes to the Mid Hudson Valley
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and Beacon HS National Honor Society bring the H.O.P.E. Project to the Mid Hudson Valley.
On Friday and Saturday, November 15th & 16th, 2013, the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated - Iota Alpha Omega Chapter(graduate chapter), in conjunction with the National Honor Society Chapter at Beacon High School, participated in our 4th Annual Project H.O.P.E. (Help Other People Excel) - Operation H.E.A.R.T. (Helping to Empower Area Residents Together). Project H.O.P.E. was a day in which we gave H.O.P.E. to the communities we serve. Project H.O.P.E. allowed us to work together to address HUNGER in our area.
Through Project H.O.P.E., we Helped Other People Excel by replenishing thirteen (13) area food pantries with nearly three hundred (300) non-perishable food items each. We are proud to announce that the following food pantries were recipients of the donated food items: Dutchess Outreach, Incorporated (Poughkeepsie), Dutchess County Community Action Partnership Center (Beacon and Poughkeepsie locations), House of Refuge International Ministries (Newburgh), Solid Rock Church of God (New Windsor), Star of Bethlehem Baptist Church (Beacon), Full Gospel Center (LaGrangeville), Trinity United Methodist Church (LaGrangeville), St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church (Beacon), St. Paul’s United Methodist Church (Middletown), First United Methodist Church (Newburgh), the Beacon Lions Club (Wappingers Falls) and Beulah Baptist Church (Poughkeepsie).
Through the efforts of the following numerous food collection sponsors:
Beacon High School, Rombout Middle School, Glenham Elementary School, Sargent Elementary School, South Avenue Elementary School, Forrestal Elementary School, Beacon City School District Board Office, Howland Library, Christ Methodist Church, Beacon Ambulance Corps, Greenhaven Correctional Facility, Iota Alpha Omega Chapter members, Newburgh Free Academy ROTC and Student Council, Debro Chapter #10A- Order of the Eastern Stars, Collection, Cub Scout Pack 122, Marist College – Black Students Union, we collected over 3,700 non perishable food items and over 200 personal hygiene items between September 23 - November 14, 2013. And, through the generosity of Fishkill Farms, over 3000 pounds of apples were donated.
On Friday, November 15, 2013, our food collection sponsors delivered their donated food items to Downstate’s QWL building. Over 70 volunteers sorted all of the food items and packed them into boxes donated by Guardian Self Storage and McCollister United Van Lines. In addition to sorting the food and packing food, our volunteers prepared our boxes, putting them together and securing them with packaging tape donated by the aforementioned sponsors.
On Saturday, November 16, 2013, at 8am, our volunteers arrived and were greeted with breakfast donated by Panera Bread (Fishkill). Volunteers packed over reorganized the packed boxes and secured many of the boxes with additional tape.
Beginning at 11:30am, representatives from each pantry arrived at their designated time to pick up their food items. As representatives from each food pantry arrived with their banner, photos were taken with team members who packed for that particular food pantry. The volunteers assisted representatives with loading the packed boxes into their vehicles for transportation.
Over two days, over 100 volunteers from Beacon High School, Arlington High School (House of 2016 and 2015), Wappingers Junior High School, Myers Corners Elementary School, and individuals from the local community assisted with making Project HOPE a huge success!
In keeping GREEN, each food pantry also received thirty (30) reusable shopping bags donated by Super Stop and Shops (Burnette Blvd, Wappingers Falls and Fishkill), Hannaford’s, Target and Covanta Energy.
We realize that the week before Thanksgiving is a crucial week as many food banks are overwhelmed with providing food for those in need while keeping their shelves stocked especially in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. A wonderful job was done by all of those who assisted us with our day of H.O.P.E. when we Helped to Empower Area Residents Together!