400 families in Syracuse receive food, school supplies


SYRACUSE, NY (WSYR-TV) – Times are tough and a weekly trip to the grocery store is getting more and more expensive.

“We have inflation, we have rising gas prices, for example. Families have to make tough choices,” says Joe Allegro, senior director of corporate partnerships, Feed the Children.

Many of these families live here in the Syracuse area and the need for basic necessities continues to grow. Although it fluctuates each year, approximately 20% of families in Syracuse are food insecure.

“Right now, we are at the height of need. We are here to help these families,” says Allegro.

Feed The Children is doing just that by partnering with grocery chain Price Rite Marketplace and other organizations in hosting a food giveaway in the city of Syracuse on Thursday. 400 pre-screened local families in Syracuse received a 25-pound box of food, a 15-pound box of essentials including shampoo, conditioner, lotion and other personal care items.

“They will have about a week to two weeks of food to last. So we are not going to end the hunger of the children here today or the hunger of the families, but we will have a temporary relief point for them,” says Allegro.

In addition to the box of food and personal items, families received a backpack full of new school supplies.

Allegro added: “Education is a way out of poverty. So I hope many of these families here today will have a head start when the kids start the school year that has begun.

They will now have fresh school supplies and full bellies.

“It’s a bit of hope and a bit of relief and I think we’re here to help that 20 percent of Syracuse that’s really been hit pretty hard,” Allegro said.

This is the eighth year that Feed the Children and Price Rite have partnered to help distribute food to families in Syracuse.

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