Free Fresh Food is a pop up food giveaway that takes surplus goods and makes them available to anyone who stops by. There are no strings, no justification of need, no questions. It’s helping to reduce food waste. It’s ecumenical.
Each Sunday, a different church hosts this event from 1 to 3pm. Carol Bialy from New Paltz UMC has been coordinating these efforts every week and loves it when folks from our church community stop by to give her a hand and to support these gifts to our local neighborhoods.
Of course as the weeks go by it has become more than than simply food distribution. It’s a hug of bread and danish for the woman who’s been living in her car, a helping hand to the young man with special needs who loves bagels and onions, an opportunity for gratitude from the woman who wanted to pay for her bagful of goodies. It was the young couple who took two carrots and two potatoes cradling them in their hands as they continue on their way. It’s sweet. Their blessings are felt.