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Chautauqua County Rural Ministry
Executive Director: Kathleen Peterson

Chautauqua Co Rural Ministry is supported by the: American Baptist Churches, Lutheran Churches of America, United Church of Christ and Disciples of Christ, United Methodist Church, Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., and the local community.

  • Provided substantial funding in getting the gleaning project off the ground now a successful gleaning program, recovering nearly 320,000 pounds of food that would have otherwise been left in the fields to waste.
  • Provided funding to complete a gleaning project cookbook- not yet at the printers. All recipes are from recipients of the gleaned product or farmers. The cookbook also will contain nutrition facts and little trivia about gardening.
  • Provides funds to ensure 11 weekly meals are offered at the Friendly Kitchen – seven noontime meals and 4 evening meals each week. Over 38,000 meals are served annually.
  • Provides funds to purchase food to ensure the hungry in Chautauqua County have adequate nutritional foods in the event of a crisis in their household. Some 900 bags are given out each month.
  • Provides funds for prescription assistance, travel assistance, and emergency housing. Annually we provide over 200 families with these services.
  • Funds to support our community gardening project. We now have six successful gardens located throughout Chautauqua County.
  • The opening of our second thrift store in Ripley, NY. This opened in October 2004 and we are slowly growing out of our space.

 

Please visit the website at www.theccrm.org