Between the coronavirus shutdown and the drastic rise in unemployment, hundreds of families in Columbia County are in need of food now. With only a few soup kitchens providing cooked meals to the local population, help for the hungry is desperately needed.
With this in mind, Carole Clark, former chef/proprietor of Charleston Restaurant in Hudson New York, started the Columbia County Recovery Kitchen. She sought help from professional cooks whose restaurants had temporarily closed and other volunteers interested in helping out. The response was overwhelming.
The chefs are cooking and packing meals into containers for dinners three days a week. Food is purchased from restaurant wholesalers and donated by local farms and bakeries. Volunteer drivers from Columbia County towns will deliver meals to families referred to us who are suffering food insecurity. Drivers from the Columbia County Sanctuary Movement and Columbia County Social Services will pick up food and deliver to individuals that they have identified as needing help.
The Recovery Kitchen needs funding for food and supplies. And it needs it quickly. We don’t know how long this crisis will last, but right now we have an emergency.
We also need volunteers. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Please be generous. Donate through GoFundMe (https://www.gofundme.com/f/the-recovery-kitchen-for-the-food-emergency) or send checks to:
First Presbyterian Church
P.O. Box 2
Stuyvesant NY 12174
(Mark on side of check Columbia County Recovery Kitchen)
Sponsored by Columbia County Democratic Committee