Main Supporting Organizations
The RVFP currently serves---families and individuals residing in the Rondout Valley School District who are in need of food due to a variety of circumstances. Some are seniors who are on a fixed income and with rising fuel costs and taxes are faced with a choice of heating their homes or eating a nutritious meal. Others are families or individuals who due to the economic downturn and high unemployment in the area cannot make ends meet.
The RVFP purchases food, primarily from a grant from the Northeast Regional Food Bank, which is the receiving point for government and corporate surplus food. The Food Bank has a dedicated bi-weekly food drop in Kingston, NY as well a several smaller drops periodically in various points in Ulster Counter. There is often fresh fruit and produce available for free and the pantry volunteers in charge of purchasing are alerted weekly as to what is being offered, while being mindful of excess, expiration dates and timing for freshness of produce available.
When there is excess the volunteers often contact other area pantries, youth commissions or community feeding organization to share the bounty and feed all in need.
RVFP hours are every Tuesday and Thursday, from 9am-11am. Participating clients can call to set up a time for food pick up and will receive food for four days of three meals per person.
Founded in 1990 by the Reverend Deacon Judy Borzamato, The Rondout Valley Food Pantry has been dedicated to serving those “at-risk” for over 25 years.
The pantry was started in the basement of Christ the King Episcopal Church’s rectory and funded largely by parishioner donations and discretionary funds of Deacon Judy.
Over the years the pantry has evolved into a much larger, independent entity and is registered as a charitable 501 (c) 3 organization in the State of New York.
The pantry is entirely staffed by volunteers from all walks of the community and is supported by several local businesses, civic and religious organizations, and many dedicated individuals.
Our mission is to provide nourishment, education and to advocate for individuals and families in need, treating all who seek assistance with dignity, respect and compassion.