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Beech-Nut holds food give-away event

Beech-Nut held its fourth annual food distribution event on Wednesday. Shown are volunteers, from left, Lance Arduini, Amanda Lopez, and Jim Oliver. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

AMSTERDAM — With enough food to feed 1,000 families, Beech-Nut Nutrition Company held a food distribution event on Wednesday, and has enough food left over to host the event a second day.

Beech-Nut Nutrition Company held its fourth annual “Beech-Nut Gives Back” food distribution event on Wednesday and day two of the event will be held today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“We had enough for 1,000 families which is double than what we had last year,” said Brittany Duncan, human resources coordinator. “The demand was very high this year, so that’s why we doubled it.”

The goal of the event is to provide food to local families in need. It will again be held at Beech-Nut’s headquarters at 1 Nutritious Place, Amsterdam.

“Communities and companies everywhere are struggling through the way COVID-19 has affected our daily lives,” said Vice President of Human Resources Erin Clemens, in a prepared statement. “At Beech-Nut, it is important for us to support our local community and make sure families have access to healthy, nutritious food.”

Shown is a display of food items Beech-Nut gave to families in need during the baby food company's food distribution event on Wednesday. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

Items families received on Wednesday and can expect to receive on Friday included nutritious kids’ meals from Yumble, fresh vegetables and fruit from Genecco Produce, bread from Bimbo Bakeries, New York state apples, Beech-Nut fruity oat bars and Beech-Nut pouches.

“We really focused on nutrition, nutritious food and healthy options, and fresh,” Duncan said.

The set up for the event looked differently this year, as it was held as a contactless drive-through food distribution in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines. This year families remained in their vehicles while volunteers put the food items in their vehicles. Families who wish to attend the event today should expect to follow the same traffic pattern and should have a clear space either in their truck or back seat prior to arrival for volunteers to place the food in.

The event which was giving out food between 1 and 4 p.m. served approximately 200 families within the first half hour.

“It’s running very efficiently with the drive-through,” Duncan said.

Additional safety precautions will be in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Attendees are required to wear a mask when approaching the pick-up area or when a 6-foot distance cannot be maintained.

According to a press release, the event was organized by the Beech-Nut Mission Team, a small group of associates dedicated to making a difference locally and nationally through real food and sustainability initiatives. Each year the Mission Team is joined by Beech-Nut associates and community partners to put on the event and to help families in the local community.

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