Beech-Nut gives back with annual food distribution event on Monday

Julia Wilson, an employee with Beech-Nut volunteered to hand out apples during the baby food company’s food distribution event on Monday. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O’Hara)

AMSTERDAM — Beech-Nut, the baby food company held its annual food distribution event Monday giving back to the community.

Beech-Nut Gives Back, an event in which the baby food manufacturer gives back to the community members with food donations through the food bank and other resources provided by community partners.

“It’s part of our ongoing efforts to give back to the local community,” said Patrick Haughton, director of marketing.

Hundreds of people lined up at the Beech-Nut headquarters to receive multiple items including Beech-Nut products for babies and toddlers, non-perishable food, fresh fruits and vegetables.

Haughton said every household will get three boxes one from Beech-Nut, the non-perishables and a box for the fruit and vegetables.

The event went from 1until 4 p.m. Haughton said they had prepared 500 packages for families, and by 2 p.m. 400 had already been given away.

Also at the event were several local agencies to provide resources on family health and wellness.

Those agencies included Creative Connections Clubhouse, Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Prevention Council, th Legal Aid society, HFM BOCES, St. Mary’s Healthcare, Nathan Littauer Hospital, Florida Volunteer Fire Department, Eastern Medical Services, Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, New York state Health Department, United Health Care, Catholic Charities, Resource Center for Independent Living and the Domestic Violence Center.

Beech-Nut was also not operating Monday afternoon giving its employees the opportunity to volunteer to help give out the packages. Everyone was seen working together to make sure each person got what they need, and helped them load the boxes into their vehicles.

Haughton said the event has received great feedback. He said even folks who don’t have children were taking the baby food because it can be used in different recipes.

“I think it’s been fantastic feedback, it’s been positive,” Haughton said.

By Josh Bovee

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