Family has been working with Rondout Valley Growers Association, UlsterCorps, and Rondout Valley farmers in reducing, and ultimately eliminating, food insecurity in Ulster County. We have been collaborating since 2009 to glean, collect and distribute over 390,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to soup kitchens and food pantries in the county. In 2016 we distributed 68,000 lbs of fresh produce to 30 different food pantries and feeding programs. We have been buoyed by the volunteers, the farmers, and the community response.
Together we are working to address the challenges and insufficiencies of the many good efforts of pantries and others throughout the county, coordinate access for pantries, develop the delivery and distribution network, processing systems, and provide the facilities that we collectively have identified are critically needed. We are deeply committed to engaging the youth population in this effort.
For more information or to volunteer to be a part of our gleaning and processing team, contact Beth at (845) 331-7080 x 157 or email firstname.lastname@example.org