Before the Covid-19 pandemic, 1 in 10 Sullivan County residents struggled with food insecurity, with 1 in 5 children in a household receiving SNAP benefits to ensure their next meal.
In response to COVID-19, CCE Sullivan and community coalition Sullivan Allies Leading Together (SALT) procured a refrigerated van for door-to-door food distribution and community outreach, now dubbed the Sullivan Fresh Community Cupboard.
The Community Cupboard has provided enough food and prepared meals to make more than 250,000 free meals and personal necessities to folks in need from all walks of life, across Sullivan County since March 2020. Food is procured from farm and food producers in Sullivan County and the surrounding region, food pantries, and donors. They are nutritionally rounded by MyPlate standards and include healthy recipes and tips for safe food preparation and storage.
The program is a registered food pantry and soup kitchen under the Hudson Valley Food Bank system and participates with the Nourish NY initiative, opening further opportunities to source product from local, NYS, and USDA Commodities programs at low and no cost.
The Community Cupboard is reaching folks who were in need well before the pandemic; invisible populations in public housing, halfway houses, motels and hotels, migrant workers, disAbled veterans in hyper rural housing communities, and others-- with no transportation, limited access to services, and living in food deserts. The regular outreach and contact has given these communities a lifeline, a connection to each other, a link to the larger community, and HOPE.
Please consider a contribution to the Sullivan Fresh Community Cupboard.