When the local community reached out in need, Sodexo of SUNY New Paltz Campus Auxiliary Services responded quickly with both food and the appropriate packaging to safely share it.
Sodexo provided Family of Woodstock in Ulster County with more than $800 in food and hundreds of to-go cases, 500 cutlery kits and soup cups with lids. The donations went toward lunches delivered to Kingston families, shelters and the Ulster County Warming Center.
“We’re all in this together and trying to take care of each other,” said Kevin Dicey general manager of dining services at SUNY New Paltz. “We’re going to come through this and we will help each other along the way.”
Inspired by the successful contribution, Sodexo then amassed a $500 food donation for the New Paltz Food Recovery Program that benefits the New Paltz Food Pantry serving off campus students.
The New Paltz Food Recovery Program was designed to recover foods from SUNY New Paltz dining facilities and deliver them to local food pantries. It has recovered and distributed more than two tons of fresh, homemade salads, sandwiches, fruit and baked goods since 2017. The Program won the 2018 Award for Recycling Leadership from the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling.
“We’ve continued to support them over the last few weeks to make sure the Food Pantry has the products New Paltz students need,” said Dicey. “It’s always been important, but even more so now due to COVID-19.”