Sullivan County Federation for Homeless
The Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless (the Federation) has been providing emergency food services to those at risk of hunger since 1987. The Federation operates the only soup kitchen in Sullivan County. The Kitchen Program provides breakfast and lunch five days a week (Monday-Friday). On average, the Federation annually serves over 32,000 hot meals. We also operate the largest food pantry in Sullivan County.
The winter months are the busiest time of year for us. Seasonal employment opportunities have dried up, heating season has arrived and many families and individuals are truly struggling. Seniors on fixed incomes have to decide whether to put oil in the tank or food on the table. Families with children struggle with whether to pay the rent or put food on the table. We continue to operate the soup kitchen five days a week and run regular pantries all through the winter, although fresh produce is usually reserved for the warmer months when it is more affordable. During the traditional holiday season we hold a Thanksgiving Dinner to which all are welcome. On the average we serve 100-150 meals on that day. At our Christmas Eve dinner that number swells to approximately 350 meals. That meal and all the trimmings are donated and prepared by Bill Sipos and staff from Mr. Willy’s. We also have bike raffles and a gift for all children in attendance courtesy of Toys for Tots.
The Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless is committed to developing individualized and community wide plans for disadvantaged people to break the cycles of poverty. Our programs evolve to meet the needs of our neighbors in need here in Sullivan County.
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