October was a record-breaking month for Comfort Food Community’s food pantry. We accommodated a total of 847 pantry visits, a 34% increase from just a year ago in October of 2022. According to the US Department of Agriculture, food insecurity is increasing nationwide. Today, national economic conditions have left many of our neighbors facing a difficult holiday season and an uncertain future.
Amid all of this, CFC is working hard to ensure everyone in our community will have enough food. We provide pantry services to both Greenwich and Cossayuna and deliver fresh produce to libraries and food pantries throughout Washington, Warren, and Saratoga Counties. Additionally, we will run a mobile pantry service called the Holiday Free Food Run, which supplies holiday staple ingredients to local senior living facilities and senior centers during November and December.
We largely attribute our ability to consistently run these services to the unwavering support of dedicated staff and community members. Executive Director Amie Collins explains, “We are so grateful for our strong network of volunteers and donors. It wouldn’t be possible to serve so many of our neighbors in need every week without them.”
Now more than ever, we are asking for your help as we forge ahead into an uncertain holiday season. “Our average number of monthly visits is up 21% from last year,” stated CFC Food Center Manager, Jeffrey Bowers. “We have to anticipate that the numbers may continue to rise. Every effort helps when it comes to accommodating our neighbors' needs during this time.”
CFC is asking for donations and volunteers to help support these services throughout the rest of the year and into 2024. Your generous monetary donations allow us to maximize the impact in serving the community, but all forms of support are greatly appreciated. Explore our website to learn how you can volunteer and donate in support of our work.