by Adine Perry
For those who eat organic, have food allergies, are health conscious, or who want to buy local, Mother Earth’s Storehouse has long been the place to shop for groceries. Their deli case is always a highlight, filled with typical deli fare altered for those with alternative eating strategies. Although we as Hudson-Valley-Americans are surrounded by big-box supermarket options, Mother Earth’s has filled a niche that has allowed it to grow to three stores: Poughkeepsie, Kingston and Saugerties.
Since 1979 Mother Earth’s Storehouse has ensured the availability of organic, healthy and local food and supplements. Mother Earth’s customers are often health-conscious or looking to buy local. For my own family, Mother Earth’s is a place where we can go to find everything we need to feed one anti-cruelty minded omnivore, one vegetarian, one vegan, and two who are gluten free. One thing that I and many other customers may not know is that when you shop at Mother Earth’s you are helping to feed the hungry.
A surprising number of children and families throughout the Hudson Valley are suffering from malnutrition. Chris and Kevin Schneider, owners of Mother Earth’s Storehouse, have given generously to Food Bank of the Hudson Valley. The brothers recently presented a check to the Food Bank for $85,000. Since 2009 Mother Earth’s Storehouse has donated a total of $232,000.
The two brothers from Kingston believe that philanthropy makes good business sense, especially in the current economic climate: “Our customers believe in being socially responsible. They feel good knowing that a portion of their grocery purchases will be donated to local charity.”
A $1 donation helps the Food Bank to provide four meals to a person in need, or $10-$12 worth of food. Mother Earth’s donation this year alone helped to provide 340,000 meals throughout the region. The Food Bank of the Hudson Valley has over 400 feeding programs that it provides food for. Food is distributed to food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, day care centers, senior programs, and rehabilitation programs in Orange, Ulster, Dutchess, Sullivan, Putnam and Rockland counties. The Food Bank of the Hudson Valley is privately funded through a diversity of revenue sources, including special fundraising events, individual donations, and corporate and foundation grants.
The donation made by Chris and Kevin from Mother Earth’s will go a long way to help those who are hungry in our area. Everyone needs food. Isn’t it nice to know that while you are purchasing food you are helping those who are unable to afford it? Chris and Kevin Schneider from Mother Earth’s—one more reason to be proud to live in the Hudson Valley.
For donation event inquiries or ways that you too can help, call Toni at 845-534-5344.