This was one mother's response to the deliveries of healthy dinners to her family from the Columbia County Recovery Kitchen, a remarkable achievement by several individuals and organizations in response to the significant increase in demand for food created by the corona virus pandemic.
The Recovery Kitchen was founded and launched in April by Carole Clark, a former chef and proprietor of Charleston Restaurant, who recruited Pamela Kline of Livingston to help with organizing this effort and two Hudson chefs, who were out of work during the pandemic: Swoon's chef Jaime Parry and le Perche's John Carr. The Episcopal Christ Church loaned their kitchen, the First Presbyterian Church provided the basis for collecting donations; and the sponsorship of the Columbia County Democratic Committee supplied liability insurance.
As of early June, the chefs have been cooking over 900 meals a week and the numbers continue to climb. Volunteer drivers pick up and deliver them to families in Hudson and 25 towns throughout the county. Families are referred by the Columbia County Sanctuary Movement, Columbia County Social Services, social workers and administrators of the County public schools, Headstart, Reach, and Columbia Opportunities.
The current resources are sufficient to fund the kitchen for the near future, but it is impossible to predict when the crisis will end. There is wide consensus that food insecurity will continue beyond the opening of the economy, as the volume of business will most likely to be inadequate to support previous employment numbers.
We want to keep the Recovery Kitchen going and our hope is to establish it as an ongoing County resource for families in need. So please continue helping out.
For more information call [phone redacted].
Please be generous. Donate through GoFundMe, through the website https://columbiacountyrecoverykitchen.org/donations/make-a-donation/, or send checks to:
First Presbyterian Church
P.O. Box 2
Stuyvesant NY 12174
(Mark on side of check Columbia County Recovery Kitchen)
Sponsored by Columbia County Democratic Committee