Additional funding announced to support Ulster food pantries

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KINGSTON – Ulster County’s Project Resilience has awarded additional funding to address food insecurity and youth programming in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic by providing support for local food pantries. Project Resilience will be granting $80,000 to 16 pantries across the county to help support the surging needs that pantries are seeing this winter. Additionally, Project Resilience will be partnering with the YMCA to launch a new drop-in childcare program in Ellenville. 

Project Resilience surveyed every pantry in the county and asked how their operations had been impacted by COVID-19. The average pantry has seen its clients double and has been facing shortages of volunteers. These grants ranging from $3,000-$8,000 per pantry will help them increase their services. County officials anticipate that 120,000 additional meals will be provided through this additional funding.

Project Resilience is also partnering with the YMCA to help sponsor a new drop-in childcare program for kids in grades K-6 in Ellenville. This program will begin on February 1 to support working parents in Ellenville. Ellenville School District has been in need of a childcare program and afterschool program for youth even prior to the pandemic.

 Pantries Receiving Funds Include: 

People’s Place

The Table at Woodstock 

Hunger is Not an Option

Rondout Valley Food Pantry

Pointe of Praise Family Life Center Pantry  

Town of Rochester Food Pantry

Ascension Holy Trinity Mission Center Food Pantries

New Day Food Pantry

Family of New Paltz

Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry 

St. Charles Helping Hands Food Pantry 

Plattekill Food Pantry

Good Neighbor Food Pantry of Woodstock

Family of Ellenville 

Hodge Center

Family of Woodstock