In response to COVID-19, CCE Sullivan and community coalition Sullivan Allies Leading Together (SALT) procured a refrigerated van for door-to-door food distribution and community outreach, now dubbed the Sullivan Fresh Community Cupboard.
The Community Cupboard is also open for food pick-up:
Tuesdays & Fridays 9am-12pm (excluding holidays)
Sullivan County CCE Office - 64 Ferndale Loomis Rd. Liberty, NY 12754
The Community Cupboard has provided enough food and prepared meals to make more than 250,000 free meals and personal necessities to folks in need from all walks of life, across Sullivan County since March 2020. Food is procured from farm and food producers in Sullivan County and the surrounding region, food pantries, and donors. They are nutritionally rounded by MyPlate standards and include healthy recipes and tips for safe food preparation and storage.
This is not a charity. Part of our mission is to sustain and stabilize folks by providing enough food for several meals a day. We don't want to treat hunger, we want to solve it!"
-Martin Colavito, Sullivan Fresh Community Cupboard Program Manager
The program is a registered food pantry and soup kitchen under the Hudson Valley Food Bank system and participates with the Nourish NY initiative, opening further opportunities to source product from local, NYS, and USDA Commodities programs at low and no cost.
The Community Cupboard is reaching folks who were in need well before the pandemic; invisible populations in public housing, halfway houses, motels and hotels, migrant workers, disAbled veterans in hyper rural housing communities, and others-- with no transportation, limited access to services, and living in food deserts. The regular outreach and contact has given these communities a lifeline, a connection to each other, a link to the larger community, and HOPE.
Farm to Food Bank Program (via Nourish NY)
The Nourish NY Program, funded by NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets in partnership with CCE Orange, helped us develop a Farm to Food Bank program as part of the Sullivan Fresh Community Cupboard. This program helped us purchase $40,000 in farm products in 2021. It’s a win-win program, providing fresh produce, meats, eggs, and dairy to friends and neighbors facing food insecurity, while supporting the Sullivan County agricultural economy.
Last updated February 14, 2023