Hillside Food Outreach was founded in 1997 in Westchester County, New York. Kathleen Purdy, Executive Director of the organization, conceived of the program in honor of her late grandmother – whose kindness and lifelong charity inspired Kathy’s mission to help others.
“Even though my grandmother was well into her 80’s, and had sufficient resources to live comfortably, she still appeared to be struggling. I soon discovered my grandmother was sharing her food and essentials with neighbors who couldn’t “make ends meet”. With only a social security check as income, and once rent and utilities were paid, these seniors were left having to choose between medicine or food. A story that has become all too familiar even today. I couldn’t continue to see my grandmother bearing such a burden. I was able to find a way to get food assistance to all 12 elderly neighbors whom she had been feeding.”
Over the next few years, word quickly spread and the critical need for food assistance and access in the community became apparent and Hillside Food Outreach was born. Volunteers came forth to help deliver groceries to an ever-increasing number of individuals in need – those who were unable, for whatever reason, to access other options.
In 2002, Hillside Food Outreach secured its 501(c)(3). What began as a micro-endeavor to feed a few seniors in their early 90’s has grown into an essential food-to-client delivery organization, serving on average over 1800 neighbors in need, each and every month.