In President Lyndon Johnson’s State of the Union address in 1964, he declared an unconditional war on America’s poverty. He challenged citizens to step up and do what they could to help out. A group of concerned people in Orange County, New York, decided to act on Johnson’s plea and in 1965 they formed the Regional Economic Community Action Program (RECAP). Their mission was to mobilize and coordinate public and private resources to fill the needs of low-income people within the county.
Annually, RECAP provides Thanksgiving dinner for needy families in the county. Fort Knox Self Storage in Mmiddleton, New York, helps them by providing a storage unit where the donations could be stored. This year, RECAP organized youngsters from various Middletown, New York, youth groups to assist them in the food drive for Thanksgiving. The youth met at Fort Knox and stuffed bags with cans of potatoes, cranberries, gravy, and other holiday staples.
The signup for people needing food assistance for Thanksgiving is closed. However, there is still a need because there are two waiting lists of families needing help. Those interested in giving last minute non-perishable food items or cash donations can still make donations. Take them to:
RECAP, Inc. – Food Pantry
19-21 Low Avenue
Middletown, New York 10940
Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm
Ariel Tavares, RECAP’s Nutrition Program coordinator, indicated that they are seeing an increase in demand for its services due to Hurricane Sandy. However, they are also seeing a drop in donations which is also due to Hurricane Sandy. There are more people in need of assistance and less people available to fill that need.
RECAP encourages school groups, churches, supermarkets, businesses, and other entities to make donations. RECAP will be distributing 500 food baskets on Wednesday afternoon. They would like to deliver more baskets if more food items would be donated.
There’s a saying that if you give a man a fish you feed him for one day but if you teach him how to fish you feed him for a lifetime. While RECAP provides food for immediate need, the organization’s long-range purpose is to provide low-income people with job training to become economically self-sufficient.
In addition to its offices in Middletown, Fort Knox has a facility in Port Jervis, New York, in Matamoras, Pennsylvania, and Montague, New Jersey.
“Middletown youths help ensure folks will have holiday meals.” RecordOnline; 16 November 2012.