Greene’s Food and Shelter Program Receives $66,692 | Greene County

CATSKILL – The National Council for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program announced that it had received $150,000. Greene County will receive two payments totaling $66,692.

The first allocation is for a total of $16,369, which was used primarily for pantry items. A second amount was awarded for $50,593. Nearly half of the $50,593 went to help with rent, eviction prevention and utility payments. Columbia County did not receive an award in this round.

“Columbia County has not demonstrated need, particularly when it comes to housing and food insecurity,” said Theresa Lux, executive director of Catholic Charities, which represents Greene and Columbia counties, and co-chair of the local emergency food and shelter program board. Lux said the money given to Greene County would be spent exclusively on Greene County needs.

Darcy Connor, manager of the Salvation Army community center at 40 S. 3rd St., Hudson, said the center has emergency food intake forms. People can apply for an application and fulfill their household needs.

A hot lunch is served at the South 3rd Street location Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Connor said. “We now offer and distribute Halal meat. We serve approximately 100 lunches a day.

If individuals or families need clothing or household items, the Salvation Army Community Center can issue a voucher. Voucher can be used at the Salvation Army location at 300 Fairview Ave. On the last Saturday of the month, the Rotary Club cooks and serves food from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Volunteers also provide mobile food deliveries in Craryville and Philmont.

Beneficiaries of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program have seen their scholarships increased due to the pandemic.

Catholic Charities of Hudson has 1,200 registered children and serves approximately 9,000 families in Greene and Columbia counties. Individuals are welcome without an appointment.

“Many stimulus checks were also given directly to Catholic charities,” Lux said.

The local emergency food and shelter program seeks to be more inclusive. The council has vacancies and invites other denominations to join in their community outreach efforts.

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