Little Town, Big Heart

This is a story about Esopus residents and restaurants helping community members in need.

While things everywhere are rough since the COVID-19 outbreak, Esopus-based volunteers have risen to the task of creating a mini-economy food support network for residents impacted by COVID-19. This food assistance program, sponsored by Ulster County Government, is called Project Resilience.

Project Resilience is being led by local resident Stephanie Lettieri. Stephanie, with assistance from her husband Dave, brother John Moore and a handful of other volunteers, including Esopus Legislator Laura Petit, Deputy Robert Benjamin and Town employee Sal Morello, are running delivery routes 3 times a week for residents who are unable to obtain meals for themselves.

Within days of COVID-19 impacting the Town, Stephanie recruited local restaurants Mario’s PizzaFrozen Rainbow, Port Ewen DinerAntonio’s Pizzeria and La Roma into the program. These restaurants are directly reimbursed for the cost of meals by Ulster County. Each restaurant creates balanced, nutritional meals for COVID-19 impacted residents. The meals are then delivered to those who apply through the website, or are referred by the County’s COVID-19 hotline.

To date, local volunteers have delivered over 1,000 meals and expect to deliver another 1,000 over the next 2-3 weeks. This program benefits local restaurants and residents in need.

Times are tough, but together, Esopus is tougher! Thank you to all on the front lines who are making sure our community has what it needs. This includes medical personnel, first responders at Town Of Esopus Volunteer Ambulance Squad and Town fire departments: Port EwenSaint RemyEsopusConnelly and Rifton.

We will continue to share updates on COVID-19 assistance programs and other relief efforts as they develop. If you or someone you know is currently in need of food or other supplies, call the County hotline at 845-443-8888 to speak with a representative who can assist you or visit www.bit.ly/UCR-Food .

Thank you and stay safe,
Shannon Harris – Town Supervisor