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.

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.

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.  

We are supported by our four "Stakeholder" Churches including:

Christ the King Episcopal Church

Marbletown Reformed Church

Rondout Valley Methodist Church

High Falls Community Church

as well as the Ulster Saving Bank, Stone Ridge Branch.

Each organization has a representative on the Pantry Board of Directors. The fifteen member Board meets the second Tuesday of each month at 4PM, at the Christ the King Episcopal Church. The five groups collaborate on all pantry initiatives including providing food for Christmas and Thanksgiving baskets, and with volunteers for the day-to-day operations.

Volunteers ....

 

Since 1990, through the efforts of now approximately 40 faithful volunteers, the Rondout Valley Food Pantry continues to accomplish its mission to feed the hungry in our community.  The client base continues to grow and the pantry is able to meet this need through the combined support of stakeholder churches, dedicated businesses, civic organizations and concerned individuals.

Every week, our dedicated, all-volunteer "mini-army" shops, stocks shelves, and dispenses nutritious food for what amounts to almost 100,000 meals a year!

If you are interested in volunteering for the pantry, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

We need individuals to shop, pick up food from mass distributions at various points in the county, fresh produce form Ulster County Community Action in Kingston and also to pick up food from our twice monthly Food Bank drop off in Hannaford's Plaza in Kingston. AS well pack and dispensing during pantry hours which are Tuesdays and Thursdays for 9-11am at the pantry. To coin a phrase, "Many hands make light work."