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