The Greenwich Food Pantry opened in 1986, but until March 2014 it was operated by the Emergency Relief Committee (an informal group of volunteers). Starting in January 2014, Greenwich residents met to plan the formation of a non-profit organization that would take over running the Greenwich Food Pantry as well as develop other food-related programs intended to address food insecurity in the community.
The immediate goals were to find a larger, more accessible location for the food pantry, join 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
partner with the Greenwich Community Garden so that fresh produce could be available at the pantry. At the inception of CFC, the long-term vision was to create a Food Center in Greenwich that would include much more than just a food pantry.
CFC began making progress toward these goals immediately, becoming an incorporated non-profit, joining the Regional Food Bank, and moving to a new location in the St. Joseph’s Parish Hall on Hill Street in Greenwich all in 2014. After nearly five years at their home in St. Joseph’s Hall, CFC made the move to a space of their own. In July 2019 they opened the doors to the Comfort Food Community Food Center located at 2530 Route 40 in Greenwich. The mission of the Food Center is to leverage the community’s physical and social resources to eliminate food insecurity. The Food Center is a safe and welcoming space where individuals, families, farms, schools, social agencies, and local businesses can come together to share knowledge, build skills, and enjoy good food.
Over the years, CFC has significantly increased our food access efforts beyond the pantry. We provide food all around Warren, Washington, and Saratoga counties, provide food to 11 libraries, work with upwards of 40 local farms, are present at two local farmers markets, and support a number of programs related to Food Access, Food Recovery, and Food as Health. We currently have12 staff members, a highly active board of directors, and a large group of dedicated volunteers. Explore the website to learn about all that we do!