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Did you know that tomorrow is the longest day of the year? If you're like us, nearly every day this year has felt particularly long, but there is still something magical about the annual ✨ Summer Solstice ✨. 

We hope you savor every last bit of sunlight and take time to celebrate all of the good things in life. Despite the troubling times, we can always find something to be grateful for!
Student Summer Meal Program
Comfort Food Community, Battenkill Community Services and Greenwich Central School are teaming up to provide meals to GCS students throughout the 11 weeks of the summer break. The partnership will ensure that kids continue to receive nutritious meals while also supporting local agriculture through the state’s Nourish NY program.
Since March, the school has been preparing 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches for every GCS student that has chosen to participate – about 300 students, on average. As the school year was winding down, the school was informed that the state would not be supporting summer meals directly but encouraged schools to establish partnerships with community organizations to continue meals service, if possible. That started a conversation between GCS, CFC and BCS. Filling this summer meal gap fits squarely into CFC’s mission to contribute to the health of the community through the inspirational power of good food.

The program also represents a great opportunity for CFC to utilize funding that it received through the state’s Nourish NY program. The program is designed to support local farms that have seen a drop in their demand due to COVID-19 and to then distribute that food through community programs. CFC is anticipating that it will purchase $40,000 - $50,000 of local farm products through this program and $65,000 overall.

BCS rounds out the partnership with a wealth of culinary experience. Their staff and individuals have been working on various culinary projects out of the Community Food Center kitchen for the past few years and will step in to handle the menu planning and meal preparation for the program.

Volunteers Needed!

Operating this program over the 11 weeks will require a significant amount of volunteer support. We need your help!

If you or someone you know would be interested in helping to assemble or deliver meals you can sign up online here.

(Note: if you are a first time volunteer you will be prompted to 'create new account' before registering)

Or reach out to Devin Bulger at devin@comfortfoodcommunity.org // 518-538-3522.

Welcome to CFC, Josh!

We are thrilled to welcome our newest staff member, Josh Stephani

Josh joins CFC as our very own Community Health Worker and we are excited to have him on our team.

Josh will be spending much of his time at the Food Center, so be sure to say 'hi' if you see him around!

To learn more about Josh (and the rest of our awesome staff!) visit our website here.


It's that time of year!
 
The Fresh Food Collective will kick-off it's mobile produce distribution season on Friday, July 10th!
 
Check out the flyer below for info on distribution sites and times:

CFC Glean Team

In the coming weeks we will be opening registration for gleaning volunteers.

If you enjoy spending time outside and don't mind getting your hands dirty this could be the job for you! 
If you are interested in volunteer opportunities please contact
Mary Beranek at
mary@comfortfoodcommunity.org 

Visit
www.freshfoodcollective.com to learn more!
Pantry Stats
In May the Greenwich and Cossayuna food pantries saw 287 pantry visits averaging 66 visits per week serving a total of 758 individuals
Did you know that CFC has a YouTube channel?

Being in quarantine has motivated us to get creative with how we connect to our community- from a distance! Although we miss spending time with you we've had fun coming up with new virtual educational content.
You can check out our videos - like the one for this delicious smoothie - here
📣 A special shout out to the Greenwich Free Library for
their ongoing support and Edible Education partnership. 
📣
Special Delivery!
If you live within the Greenwich School District, Cossayuna Fire District or Argyle Election District 3 be sure to keep an eye out in your mail for a postcard from Comfort Food Community!
The postcard provides info on our food pantries and we would love for you to share with anyone you know who may be interested in our services.

Even if their circumstances are temporary due to loss of employment, children at home for the summer, etc. we encourage those in need of a little extra help to visit us. 
CFC is more than just a food pantry.
It is a safe, nurturing and uplifting community
that welcomes individuals from all different backgrounds.
 
To learn more about our pantries visit our website here.
Did you know?
$0.88 cents of every dollar goes directly to programming at Comfort Food Community. 
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Our mailing address is:
PO Box 86
Greenwich, NY 12834

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