CFC History

 

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Greenwich Food Pantry at Town Hall in 2014.

The Greenwich Food Pantry has been in existence since 1986. Until March 2014, it was operated by the Emergency Relief Committee, an informal group of volunteers in Greenwich, NY. Starting in January 2014, a number of Greenwich residents met to plan the formation of a non-profit organization which would take over responsibility for running the Greenwich Food Pantry as well as develop other food-related programs intended to reduce food insecurity in the community. Immediate goals were to find a new and larger, more accessible and efficient location for the Pantry; become a member of the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York; bring a Backpack program into the Greenwich School District providing weekend meals for low income students; and participate in the Greenwich Community Garden so that fresh produce could be available at the Pantry. A longer term vision was to create a Food Center in Greenwich that would combine the Pantry with educational programs relating to food and nutrition, cooking facilities, meeting space and opportunities for local food related businesses, including farms to work together and thrive.

 

 

Comfort Food of Washington County, Inc. was incorporated in February 2014 and granted tax-exempt status in July 2014. It became a member of the Regional Food Bank in September 2014 and moved, as of September 17, 2014, to a new location in the St. Joseph’s Parish Hall on Hill Street in Greenwich under a Building Use Agreement with St. Joseph’s Church. The YES Backpack Program has completed its third school year of operation in the Greenwich Schools. The Greenwich Community Garden has now moved under the administrative umbrella of Comfort Food. A full time Director of Community Programs is employed as staff to the organization, reporting to the thirteen Directors on the governing board.

Projects underway for this year include providing nutrition and other educational programs to guests of the Food Pantry, gleaning programs with local farms and establishment of a Mobile Pantry to bring food to housebound, rural residents of the area.

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Shopper selecting from a great selection of fresh foods at the Greenwich Food Panty at St. Joseph’s Hall, 2016