Annual Bowl-a-Thon Supports Thanksgiving Drive

MIDDLETOWN – Supporters of Regional Economic Community Action Program’s food pantry raised over $900 at the Strike Out Hunger Bowl-a-thon on Monday, August 19, 2019. The annual event, held at Quinnz Pinz cosmic lanes in Middletown, raised funds for the agency’s Nutrition and Advocacy program which operates an emergency food pantry and Thanksgiving food drive in the fall.

The event celebrated its 8th year with teams such as Mayhem Managers and Split Happens. Best Dressed team went to leopard-print themed Queens of the Lanes. The first place team was Carl’s Charity Chicks. Top pledgers included Affinity Health Plan and local businesses donated prizes for the tricky tray including a membership to the YMCA of Middletown and chocolate from Gertrude Hawk.

“This year’s event brought out more teams with costumes which made the Best Dressed competition fierce,” said Francine Tavares, Human Services Coordinator at RECAP who organized the event. “The teams had a lot of fun and special thanks to Affinity Health Plan for making this happen and to the staff at Quinnz Pinz forkeeping our night on track.”

Event proceeds support the program’s food pantry. The program will soon kick off its annual Thanksgiving Drive. The most needed donations are turkeys, canned gravy, boxed stuffing, canned yams and sweet potatoes, instant potatoes, pie and cake mix, and canned fruit & vegetables. Monetary donations are greatly appreciated and contribute to bulk purchases from local food banks.

About the Program
Staff and volunteers at RECAP’s Nutrition Program work to connect the area’s hungry residents with food and encourage participants to utilize other food resources in the community. An emergency food pantry is available on weekdays as well as a daily supply of breads and cakes. The program hosts and annual Thanksgiving Drive and Strike Out Hunger Bowl-a-thon every fall.

About the Agency
RECAP is the designated anti-poverty organization in Orange County, New York. We work with our community’s most vulnerable populations including seniors, children, veterans, the homeless and the hungry, those living with HIV/AIDS, victims of domestic violence, people battling substance use disorder and anyone struggling to make ends meet.
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