Peekskill Rotary Club was awarded a grant of $50,000 to help local restaurants that have been adversely affected by the Corona Virus Pandemic as well as address hunger locally by feeding Peekskill residents that have been adversely impacted due to COVID-19.
Chappy Manzer and Bruce Lindenbaum, two long-standing members of the Peekskill Rotary Club, had the idea to apply for the Westchester County Office of Economic Development Community Table Partnership Grant.
From October 14th to November 14th of 2020, volunteers distributed the food vouchers on Wednesdays in front of The Field Library, and on Saturdays in front of the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce. Both are locations in downtown Peekskill. The Peekskill Rotary member volunteers (as well as everal eager-to-help volunteers that are not Peekskill Rotary members) braved the cold weather and worked in two-hour intervals distributing the restaurant vouchers to anyone that was a Peekskill resident.
The local restaurants that participated in this initiative were able to help themselves as well as others and they are as follows: Kathleen’s Tea Room, Whiskey River, Cortlandt Colonial, Table 9 Food and Drink, Peekskill Coffee House, Bean Runner Café, Gleason’s, Fuhgeddaboutit Deli, Sansotta Brothers Delicatessen, La Herradura, New York Firehouse Grill, and Peekskill Brewery.