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June 22, 2023

Free Home Delivery of Food, Books, and Activities for Putnam Families This Summer

This summer, United Way of Westchester and Putnam’s Summer Backpack Program will provide supplemental food as well as books and activities, to low-income families of school-aged children on a weekly basis from July 13-August 24. During the final week of the program, school-aged children will receive a backpack with school supplies. The program is done in cooperation with the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, Carmel School District, Putnam Valley Library, Cornell Cooperative Extension Putnam County, and DoorDash.

“We are thrilled to offer this program to Putnam County families that are finding it increasingly challenging to make ends meet,” said United Way’s Chief Impact Officer Faith Ann Butcher. “This program alleviates food insecurity, reduces summer slide, and keeps children engaged during the summer vacation. Additionally, the Summer Backpack Program provides a free backpack with school supplies to each school-aged child registered in the program, so families can put their dollars toward other needs.

This program is for families with students that qualify for free or reduced lunch.

The program is limited to 100 Putnam households.  You must be a resident of Putnam County and have school-aged children to participate.

To participate, families can sign up online at