The community came together to support the food programs at Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council (EOC) raising $82,000 during its 30th Anniversary May Day for Hunger held Thursday, May 16, at Canfield Casino.
“Our food pantry and soup kitchen are grassroots programs that rely on generous neighbors to help us provide tens of thousands of meals across Saratoga County every year,” Executive Director Jo Anne Hume said. “We are so fortunate the community steps up every year to support May Day and ensure that no one goes to bed hungry.”
With the help of an outstanding honorary committee chaired by Angelo and Kate Calbone, this year’s event was a resounding success. The business community also played a critical role, including gold sponsors Adirondack Trust, National Grid and Saratoga Hospital.
Presenting sponsors Olde Bryan Inn and Longfellows Hotel, Restaurant and Conference Center generously donate all the food and service. This keeps the cost of the event low and helps ensure the money raised is directed straight to the food programs, which include a food pantry in Ballston Spa, a soup kitchen in Saratoga and a summer lunch program for youth in Corinth, Mechanicville and Saratoga. EOC also runs a mobile food pantry, rural food delivery program and a Thanksgiving basket project.
The food pantry is being renovated and transitioning over to a market-style choice pantry that allows customers to customize their food package. The live pledge supported this project, which is also being helped by Rebuilding Together Saratoga County.
Yvonne Sinnamon and Steve Sullivan were presented with the 2019 Community Recognition Award for their decades of service to the EOC Soup Kitchen. Sullivan helped organize the first May Day for Hunger, originally held at the Westchester House. Yvonne Sinnamon later took up the mantle and has been serving as a leading force for May Day for Hunger ever since.
Over the past 30 years, May Day for Hunger has raised more than $1.4 million in the fight against hunger in Saratoga County and to provide a hand-up to neighbors in need. If you are interested in learning more, visit saratogaeoc.org.