If you’re planning to eat out today — Friday, May 1 — think of dining at one of the 23 Catskills restaurants in Delaware and Ulster counties that are participating in Fighting Hunger Friday, a fundraiser for the Margaretville’s Community Food Pantry, based in Arkville.
The restaurants, listed below, are accepting cash donations from diners that they will pass on to the food pantry. Leave your donation in a brown paper bag on your table at any participating eatery.
Some of the eateries are offering special menus and matching donations. The Arkville Bread and Breakfast is serving fried chicken and waffles tonight from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., with all proceeds going to benefit the food pantry. The owners of the Crazy River Café in Margaretville will match every donation to the pantry that is made in their restaurant today.
Margaretville-based Keller Williams real estate agents Peggy Bellar and Meade Camp are coordinating the fundraiser, with help from Nicole Day Gray at AgriForaging, Inc. Both Keller Williams and AgriForaging have pledged to make their own cash donations to the food pantry.
The Community Food Pantry, which is run by volunteers, serves 400 families every month throughout the central Catskills who need some help keeping food on the table. The pantry is managed by Joyce St. George and Frank Canavan, who put their own personal money into it to keep it stocked. They also enthusiastically accept donations; they need “money, volunteers and awareness,” St. George and Canavan said in a press release this week.
All participating restaurants Fighting Hunger Friday:
Arkville Bread & Breakfast, Arkville
Ate-O-Ate Catering and Food Truck, Roxbury
Brushland Eating House, Bovina
Bun ’N Cone, Margaretville
Cassie’s Café, Roxbry
Crazy River Café, Margaretville
Cross Roads Café, Delhi
La Cabana, Fleischmanns
Mi Lupita, Fleischmanns
Oakley’s Place, Arkville
Phoenicia Diner, Phoenicia
Public Lounge, Roxbury
Peekamoose Restaurant & Tap Room, Big Indian
Queens Mountain Café, Roxbury
Sam’s Country Store, Fleischmanns
Shire Pub, Delhi
The Andes Hotel, Andes
The Cheese Barrel, Margaretville
The Inn Between, Margaretville
The Flour Patch, Margaretville
Woody’s County Kitchen, Andes
Zephyr, Pine Hill
Full disclosure: Editor Julia Reischel is a volunteer at Margaretville's Community Food Pantry, and Keller Williams, AgriForaging and many of the restaurants mentioned in this post are Watershed Post advertisers.