Donation part of overall $400,000 commitment from Hannaford to support expanded childcare programs during the pandemic
Hudson Valley, NY – Hannaford Supermarkets and the Hannaford Charitable Foundation today jointly announced $50,000 in donations to support virtual learning and after-school programs for Hudson Valley families impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The donation includes $10,000 each to Boys and Girls Clubs of Kingston, Newburgh and Wallkill, as well as $20,000 to Healthy Kids Programs in Poughkeepsie. The organizations will use the funding to support after-school programming, as well as on-site remote learning centers for students while their caregivers are at work.
The Hudson Valley funding is one component of an overall $400,000 commitment from Hannaford to support expanded childcare programs for working families across New York and New England during the pandemic.
“As our schedules, commitments and priorities have shifted over the last 10 months, so have the needs of working families in our community,” said Hannaford Charitable Foundation Board Member Peter Forester, who also serves as senior vice president of merchandising for the grocery retailer. “The organizations benefiting from this donation provide parents and caregivers with the peace of mind and security that their children are being cared for in a safe, healthy and supportive environment. We applaud these organizations for their ability to pivot their services to meet the needs of families during this challenging time.”
The Boys and Girls Clubs in Kingston and Wallkill will each use their respective $10,000 donations from Hannaford to support full-day virtual learning and childcare programs. The programs offer students a safe and supervised space to learn remotely with support from learning coaches and access to technology.
“The funds received from Hannaford will be instrumental in ensuring the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston will be able to continue to provide a safe place for youth to go and navigate their virtual learning,” said Boys and Girls Club of Kingston CEO Dan Whalen. “During these extremely difficult times, we have provided a safe place for over 40 local youth to go daily while their parents are at work. We cannot thank Hannaford Supermarkets enough for all of their support.”
“Now, more than ever, this donation is making a big impact on the lives of our Club kids,” said Boys and Girls Club of Wallkill Executive Director Lori Rivenburgh. “This funding is allowing us to enhance our programming to meet the needs of our Club kids during this challenging time. We’ve been able to increase our service hours to provide remote learning support and child care throughout the day, in addition to our high quality after-school programs. We couldn’t have done it without this generous support.”
The $20,000 grant from Hannaford to Healthy Kids Programs in Poughkeepsie will be used to underwrite the cost of after-school programming for children of local school district staff who are working extended hours to balance in-person and remote teaching responsibilities. Partner school districts include Arlington Central School District; Hyde Park Central School District; Washingtonville Central School District; and Valley Central School District.
“We are extremely grateful to Hannaford for their generous support of the heroes in our school districts by underwriting aftercare tuition for their school age children,” said Healthy Kids Programs CEO Steve Dwek. “So many educators and district staff have stepped up in extraordinary ways to keep the school day predictable, safe and nurturing in this new environment. Hannaford’s donation allows us to recognize and support the very people that make a difference in our children’s lives every day.”
The Boys and Girls Club of Newburgh will use the $10,000 donation to support its literacy-based after-school program, which serves more than 1,000 children annually in grades K-12 and prepares them to successfully enter college or the workforce.
“The Boys and Girls Club of Newburgh is very grateful to receive this generous donation from the Hannaford Charitable Foundation to support our after-school programs,” said Boys and Girls Club of Newburgh Executive Director Kevin D. White. “This donation will help to ensure that our Club will continue to provide vital after-school services to children in need during these most difficult times.”
Part of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Ulster County, the Boys & Girls Club of Kingston provides a safe place that enables youth the opportunity to explore their interests and strive to meet their goals to become positive members of our community. For more information, visit www.bgclubsulstercounty.org.
The Boys and Girls Club of Newburgh provides programs in a variety of disciplines for children from kindergarten to late teens. The Club offers a quality curriculum designed to advance performance of local youth in their academic, artistic and athletic endeavors or areas of interest.
For more information, visit www.bgcnny.org.
The Boys and Girls Club of Wallkill offers nationally-recognized programs in five core areas that closely align with the developmental needs of young people: character and leadership development; education and career development; health and life skills; the arts; and sports, fitness and recreation. For more information, visit www.bgcorange.org.
The Healthy Kids Program provides before/after-school and summer camp programs focused on offering a positive, engaging and stimulating experience that promotes a child’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. For more information, visit www.healthykidsprograms.com.
About Hannaford Supermarkets
Hannaford Supermarkets, based in Scarborough, Maine, operates 184 stores in the Northeast. Stores are located in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Hannaford employs more than 27,000 associates. Additional information can be found at Hannaford.com.
About the Hannaford Charitable Foundation
The mission of the Hannaford Charitable Foundation is to invest in creating and sustaining healthy communities through providing support to non-profit programs that focus on the improvement of the root causes impacting the quality of life for our neighbors, customers and associates. Founded in 1994, the Foundation has given over $14 million to organizations in the New England region.