Community Action Southold Town celebrated the launch of a new Mobile Food Pantry and Resource Center at its annual Holiday Toy Drive on Dec. 12 at the Greenport Fire Department.
The new Mobile Food Pantry and Resource Center will enable CAST to reach homebound residents, including seniors and people living with disabilities, and those who experience transportation barriers in an area with very limited public transportation.
In January, CAST will start with home delivery of food, taking over the delivery for Mattituck Presbyterian Church’s Loaves & Fishes program. In the spring, CAST will also establish satellite food distribution sites throughout the community on scheduled days to be determined.
Bridgehampton National Bank has provided a generous grant to CAST for the mobile van.
“As a community bank with a deep commitment to the North Fork, BNB Bank is proud to support CAST,” said BNB’s Director of Community Development, Daniel Delehanty. “Hunger is an issue for so many in our communities and CAST’s mobile pantry is vital to improving the lives of hundreds of families.”
“We are not reaching many of our neighbors in need who are unable to get to our Greenport location,” said CAST’s Executive Director, Cathy Demeroto. “BNB is a true community bank and we are so grateful for their support which will enable us to address food insecurity and provide critical resources more effectively on the North Fork.”
CAST has also received support for the Mobile Food Pantry from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Harry Chapin Foundation.
Since 1965, CAST has been serving low-income residents in Southold Town, from Laurel to Orient Point and Fishers Island, helping them meet their basic needs in the areas of nutrition, clothing, energy, employment, and education. CAST’s mission is to promote self-sufficiency and provide a safety net for North Fork residents in need.
“With the new mobile pantry, we will be able to expand our food rescue and pick-up more fresh produce through our Farm to Friend program, ensuring that everyone in the community will have access to the abundant fresh local produce on the North Fork,” said Ms. Demeroto. “CAST could not meet the growing need in the community without the support of generous community partners. We are grateful to all the sponsors for making CAST on Wheels a reality.”