Since the beginning of the pandemic, EOC has provided groceries for over 80,000 meals to Saratoga County families in need. May Day Online will support EOC’s services during the COVID-19 crisis and recovery. Anyone can tune in at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 21, or watch later at their convenience, at facebook.com/sceoc. There are no tickets – it’s all by donation only. Provide your support here.
“The generous community members who support May Day every year ensure that EOC can continue providing meals for our neighbors in need and empowering families throughout Saratoga County to achieve economic security,” said EOC Executive Director Jo Anne Hume. “While we’ll miss seeing everyone in person, I hope the silver lining of moving this event online is that more people have the opportunity to learn about EOC and the impact we can have when we work together as neighbors helping neighbors. ”
As the designated community action agency, EOC operates a comprehensive set of programs to help low-income families throughout Saratoga County, including food services, immigrant services and energy services as well as Head Start and WIC.
During COVID-19, EOC’s food pantry in Ballston Spa has transitioned to a delivery model and the soup kitchen in Saratoga is serving to-go meals. The need, particularly for the pantry, has increased dramatically and is now providing the number of meals in one week that it was providing throughout an entire month before COVID-19.
“While our regular customers are facing additional hardships, we’re also talking with a lot more people who are recently unemployed and facing food insecurity for the first time,” said Jo Anne Hume. “They’ve never had to navigate the safety net system before and are frightened. I’ve had people call and say ‘I don’t know what to do. How do I get the rent paid? I’m just lost.’ That’s exactly why we’re here – to walk them through it and help in any way we can.”
This program will feature powerful stories of impact as well as the presentation of the 2020 Community Recognition Award to Skidmore President Philip Glotzbach and Marie Glotzbach, who have cultivated a spirit of community action at the college. During their tenure, they have fostered engaged campus community that routinely goes above and beyond to bring much-needed support to local nonprofits, particularly those serving low-income families and vulnerable neighbors.
This year’s event is co-chaired by Kate Calbone, Tamie Ehinger and A.C. Riley. Supporters include Adirondack Trust Company, Ball, Borgos Marketing & Events, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Munter Enterprises, Inc., and Saratoga Hospital. Learn more about the online May Day event and EOC’s services at saratogaeoc.org.