South Orangetown Central School District

The SOCSD Family Engagement Center extends its heartfelt thanks to Town of Orangetown Supervisor Teresa Kenny, New York State Senator Elijah Reichlen-Melnick and all those who participated in the Town’s 2nd Annual Hunger’s 5K Heroes race on June 5! Kenny and Reichlen-Melnick toured the SOCSD Food Pantry this afternoon, discussed the needs of local families and presented Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel Services Karen Tesik, Ed.D. and FEC Coordinator AJ Walker with grocery gift cards totaling $2,000, representing a portion of the proceeds from the event.

The Town hosted its June 5 event in Sparkill to benefit local food pantries, which Kenny noted had received strong community support. Both she and Reichlen-Melnick promoted the event and fielded teams. (Mark your calendars: Next year’s event, slated for May 14, 2022.)

“We extremely grateful for this tremendous support of our food pantry as we enter our second year of operation,” said Tesik. “This is just one more example of how our local leaders come together to support South Orangetown. We look forward to partnering with Supervisor Kenny and Senator Reichlen-Melnick next year!”

The SOCSD Food Pantry is currently serving more than 250 individuals from 55 South Orangetown families on a bi-weekly basis. Tomorrow, October 7, is the next donation drop off and distribution date. Non-perishable items, such as pasta, pasta sauce, tuna, rice, cereal, granola bars, Pop Tarts, soups and canned fruits, vegetables and meals are needed. For additional information, visit our Food Pantry webpage.

Supervisor Kenny and Senator Reichlen-Melnick present Food Pantry with plaque