CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. — A staggering number of Americans lack consistent access to enough food to meet their daily needs; they simply don’t have the financial resources for sufficient food to feed their household.
According to food pantry officials in southern Saratoga County, the COVID-19 coronavirus has increased demand for their services from individuals as well as families. Many are experiencing disruptions due to the loss of a job or income.
The Clifton Park Elks are helping to address this problem thanks to two grants from the Elks National Foundation.
On Feb. 18 members of the Elks presented a check for $2,750 to the Shenendehowa Helping Hands Food Pantry and another for $2,750 to Karyl’s Kupboard, the Emergency Food and Hygiene Pantry for CAPTAIN Community Human Services. Both organizations have been helping local families in need for many years.
The Elks’ donations were made possible through a Beacon Grant from the Elks National Foundation. This financial assistance will allow the pantries’ volunteers to meet the rising demand caused by the coronavirus.
In addition to the donations to the food pantries, the Clifton Park Elks donated $2,500 to the Shenendehowa School District’s Bountiful Backpack Program. This contribution, which was presented on Feb. 23, was the result of a Gratitude Grant from the Elks National Foundation.
Shenendehowa's K-12 Bountiful Backpack program, in association with the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, is designed to meet the needs of hungry children at times when other resources are not available, such as weekends. The program provides an increasing number of students with backpacks filled with food that is child-friendly, shelf-stable, and easily-consumed.
These donations are another example of how the Clifton Park Lodge demonstrates that “Elks Care, Elks Share” motto.
The opportunity to earn grants from the Elks National Foundation is made possible by annual donations to the Foundation from Lodge 2466 members and the Lodge's fundraising events.