Food Bank of the Hudson Valley (Aired on December 27, 2020)

RadioRotary cohosts discuss the work of the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley with its new director, Sara Gunn. Part of the Food Banks of the Northeast, the Hudson Valley organization normally provides 16 million tons of food each year to local food pantries, senior citizen centers, homeless shelters, and similar organizations throughout the five-counties of the mid-Hudson valley—but because of the pandemic and its related job losses, the Food Bank distributed 22 million tons of food during 2020. The food, stored in a giant warehouse in Cornwell-on-Hudson, NY, comes from donations by local farms and supermarkets or is purchased with funds from community cash donations or a new source of funding from the state called Nourish New York. Learn how you can be a part of filling this basic need by going to the Food Bank website and contributing to the Holiday Hunger Appeal or to an organization such as Feeding America. Or volunteer to help the Food Bank or your local Food Pantry.

Learn more:
Food Bank of the Hudson Valley: https://foodbankofhudsonvalley.org/
Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York: https://regionalfoodbank.net/
Hunger in the United States: https://frac.org/hunger-poverty-america
Feeding America: https://www.feedingamerica.org/

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January 3, 2021 · Posted in Events, Hudson Valley, Nutrition  

Tots for Toys Despite Pandemic (Aired on December 13, 2020)

Every holiday season one of the great charities that everyone loves to help is Toys for Tots. In 2020, the year of the pandemic, the Marines are still coming to help children who might otherwise go without holiday presents. Toys for Tots was started in 1947 by Marine Corps Reserve Major Bill Hendricks and his wife Diane to provide toys for children in need—distributing 5,000 toys in that first year.  Since then, communities around the nation have provided bins for collecting toys and volunteers to provide cash for more and to help the local Marine Corps Reserve deliver them. In 2020 some of the usual ways of getting the word out to donors have been impacted by Covid restrictions, but with radio, social media, and advertising, the program will operate as usual. The details for this year are provided in this radio program by Tammy Haight (Ulster County Coordinator), Melissa Curtis (former coordinator), and PAMAL radio host Randy Turner (who is also part of the RadioRotary team)m as well as by the RadioRotary cohosts Jonah Triebwasser and Sarah O’Connell-Claitor.

Learn more:
Hudson Valley Toys for Tots: https://hudson-valley.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/default.aspx?nPageID=100&nPreviewInd=200&nRedirectInd=3
Toys for Tots on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ToysForTotsHudsonValley/
Marine Reserve Corps at Stewart Air Base: https://www.marforres.marines.mil/Major-Subordinate-Commands/4th-Marine-Aircraft-Wing/Marine-Aircraft-Group-49/ssstewart/
WBPM (92.9): https://www.929wbpm.com/
National Toys for Tots campaign: https://www.toysfortots.org/

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December 21, 2020 · Posted in Children, Hudson Valley, Service Organizations  

Financial Planning During a Pandemic (Aired on October 4, 2020)

RadioRotary hosts some principal planners from Third Eye Associates: President Beth Jones, Red Hook Rotarian and Vice-President Sue Simon, and Communications Manager Jennifer McKinley, who together discuss the problems and solutions for your finances in this time of the Covid-19 recession.

Learn more:
Third Eye Associates: https://www.thirdeyeassociates.com/
The Covid-19 Recession: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COVID-19_recession
Red Hook Rotary Club: https://www.redhookrotaryclub.org/

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October 20, 2020 · Posted in Hudson Valley  

Rotary’s Ribfest Restaurant Revival (Aired on August 16, 2020)

Highland Rotarians Steve Laubach and Peter Rein visit RadioRotary via Zoom totell how the club’s annual Ribfest has been reconfigured for the Covid-19 era.  Due to the New York State Covid-19 guidelines, the Highland Rotary Club  decided to cancel the 2020 Hudson Valley Ribfest at the Ulster County Fairgrounds scheduled for August 21–23, 2020. The organizers recognized that the essence of the festival was food and music, while the goal of a Rotary club is to help the community, so they have developed a way to do both. Rotary’s Ribfest Restaurant Revival is configured to help the area’s restaurants, all of which have been suffering from the pandemic and at the same time make it possible for the public to enjoy a great meal. At the same time, the club has arranged a YouTube concern of local musicians to take place during the festival days. Listen to the program and also visit their Website for the details of how this all will work. And, the club is planning to return to the fairgrounds next year on August 20–22, 2021 with an even bigger live event.

Learn more:
Hudson Valley Ribfest: https://rrrr.rocks/
Highland NY Rotary Club: http://highlandrotaryclub.com/
Highland Rotary on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/highlandnyrotary/

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September 8, 2020 · Posted in Events, Hudson Valley, Nutrition, Rotary Club Projects  

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