We have all seen this ad.. It brings tears to your eyes. This is happening in your community. That means here in Otsego County!
You can help a child in you community for $183 a year only .50 cents a day through the Backpack Program. Thankfully because of caring individuals most schools in our County provide this need to as many as the donations allow. More is needed to continue this effort.
My concern today is, there's still a gap during the summer months and holidays. How can we meet that need ? Oneonta with the help from Catholic Charities and numerous volunteers runs a summer program.
Rural towns can not, due to lack of funds and volunteers.
Below is a flyer that explains the Backpack program. Remember , children are innocent and they are our future.
THE CLARK FOUNDATION AND THE HUNGER COALITION OF OTSEGO COUNTY, WITH ASSISTANCE FROM NYCON, ANNOUNCE FUNDING SUPPORT FOR FOOD PANTRIES IN THE HCOC NETWORK
Oneonta, NY – June 11, 2021 – The Hunger Coalition of Otsego County (HCOC) is pleased to announce $27,000 in funding support for 16 food pantries located across Otsego County. This support is made possible by The Clark Foundation and The Hunger Coalition of Otsego County. The New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON) provided administrative support. This is the second grant The Clark Foundation has provided since the start of the pandemic.
With the continued challenges from the impact of Covid-19 on Otsego County residents, the Hunger Coalition of Otsego County’s partner food pantries are on the front lines in providing assistance to residents facing significant hardship. “We are pleased to support these volunteer-led efforts across the County with a second set of grants,” said Jane Forbes Clark, President of The Clark Foundation. “These food pantries and their volunteers are essential to the well-being of our communities, and we need them now more than ever.”
“We are delighted to continue our partnership between the Hunger Coalition and with The Clark Foundation to help so many families and individuals living in the County,” said Cindy Blanchard, President of the HCOC. “Our efforts will continue to fill the ongoing needs of our community.”
This funding will provide essential support for 16 organizations: Burlington Flats Food Pantry, Butternut Valley Food Pantry (Gilbertsville), Community Cupboard of Edmeston, Daily Bread Food Pantry (Cherry Valley), Hartwick Food Pantry, Helping Hands Food Pantry (Oneonta), Southtown Food Pantry (South New Berlin), United Methodist Church Food Pantry (Mt. Upton), Richfield Springs Food Pantry, Schuyler Lake Food Cupboard, FDT Food Pantry (Maryland), St. Mary’s Food Pantry (Oneonta), St. Matthew Lutheran Food Pantry (Laurens), Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry (St. James Church, Oneonta), The Salvation Army Food Pantry (Oneonta), and Unadilla Community Food Pantry.
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About the Hunger Coalition of Otsego County (HCOC): The Hunger Coalition of Otsego County is a nonprofit group located in Otsego County, NY that was created to support services in the community that assure everyone has the opportunity to receive food assistance by uniting together in a network that shares information and resources throughout the county. The HCOC network is comprised of a diverse group of people representing food pantries, community meal sites, seasonal food programs, farmer's markets, religious, educational, nonprofit organizations and agencies, and individuals concerned with food insecurity of our neighbors. To learn more about HCOC, visit http://www.otsegohunger.com/index.html or https://www.facebook.com/HCOCOTSEGO
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The Hunger Coalition is proud to announce a $ 10,000 Grant given to CADE to assist in providing nutritious fresh local sourced produce to Food Pantries in the Hunger Coalition of Otsego Network. These funds come from various generous donations given to the HCOC.
CADE Farm to Pantry: For several years CADE has been working on advancing partnerships between Farms and Institutions to spur local food sales. As a response to COVID-19 and abundant food insecurity that was highlighted throughout the pandemic, CADE launched in 2020 a Farm to Pantry (F2P) Program with generous funding and community partnership in Otsego County. The program allows pantries to "sign on" to CADE's program where they could then order from a multi-farm aggregator, 607 CSA, to purchase local products for their
pantry. CADE facilitates the ordering, handles invoicing and coordinates delivery so that local food ordered by pantries can be purchased with ease. The products ordered from pantries are paid for by community funding, to support a win-win of local fresh food to pantries and a stable market for struggling farm and food businesses. This program and local food is of no cost to pantries, with the hope that relationships with farms would continue beyond the scope of the project. Launching mid-June in 2021, thanks to funding support from the Hunger Coalition of Otsego County, CADE will continue this important work of fresh food security and supporting small farms and food businesses.
HCOC: Our group was created to help feeding programs unite. Our Network shares information and resources throughout Otsego County.
We are a diverse group of people representing food pantries, feeding programs, farmer's markets, religious, educational and non- profit agencies and individuals. COVID has expanded our purpose to include other projects to assist pantries in providing for their needs.
CADE: The Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship is a 501(c)3 nonprofit who works with farms and food businesses in upstate New York to build a vibrant food system, in which locally owned agricultural businesses thrive and consumers are nourished by healthy sustainably produced food.
Facebook: @CadeFarms Website: cadefarms.org
Update from: Cooperstown Food Pantry
The culmination of five weeks working with five different community partners, we collected 347 lbs of food to distribute to our clients. We really enjoyed the opportunity to connect with our community in a fun, impactful way!
Thanks very much,
Much of this success goes to the creativity of Mary Kate and staff. During the food drive they moved their bin around town for maximum exposure and posted to Facebook like a little scavenger hunt.
Watch for more events as the Food Drive and need continues .
For our HCOC Network Members, please check your email. Cynthia will be sending the link and agenda for our May 4th, meeting. This will be both Virtual and in person (socially distanced.) We are excited to share new offers and resources. We look forward to seeing you.
And we are off.......
Hey all! We're so excited that this weekend begins the publicity for the Hunger Coalition and our feeding programs!
Collection of food will be from Monday, April 5th thru Friday, May 14th for your food pantry…
Check out the Five Star Subaru website and social media
On the Website you will find lists showing specific things Pantries are in need of. Often it is difficult for the pantries to purchase specific things from the Regional Food Bank of other areas.
*****Please remember to check your dates. Expired items can not be distributed.
Richfield Springs Food Bank
Cooperstown Food Bank
Milford Food Bank
St. James Food Bank
Follow the link for the details on what pantries need and who is participating. Special Thanks to Five Star Subaru for setting this up , advertising, and so much more. Support our local Businesses they are here for you.