A food drive, which began yesterday, Thursday, July 21, will be held to benefit the Ridgewood Older Adult Center, a senior center located in Glendale that serves roughly 100 seniors a day.
Hosted through the collaborative efforts of Assemblyman Mike Miller and the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council, the largest independent youth-oriented agency within Community Board 5, the food drive will help assist the center in enlarging its diminishing food pantry.
“More and more people are finding that their supplies are dwindling,” said Miller. Every Monday through Thursday, the center provides free food bags upon request for those in need.
Fresh produce, which will include cucumbers and tomatoes, will be harvested from the Glendale Kiwanis Garden, for the food drive. For several months already, the garden has been maintained through the team efforts of the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council, Boy Scouts Troop 427, the Glendale Kiwanis Club, P.S.113, and Sacred Heart School.
“Whatever is ripe at the time, we’ll give,” said Miller.
But while community groups and organizations will be harvesting fresh produce for the food drive, Miller states that non-perishable staples, like canned vegetables, dried fruit, pastas, cereals, and peanut butter, are generally preferred.
Cat and dog food will also be welcomed at the food drive for struggling pet owners.
Donators can drop off their food at three locations: Greater Ridgewood Youth Council, located at 64-02 Myrtle Avenue in Glendale, P.S.239, located at 17-15 Weirfield Street in Ridgewood, and Miller’s district office, located at 83-91 Woodhaven Boulevard.
Miller, who encouraged families and individuals to donate and help their community, frequently visits the senior center, which also serves as a cooling center for seniors in the city.