Thanks to Those Who Distribute and Drive the Meals to Families in Need

Our great appreciation to the indispensible volunteers who pick up the meals from the Recovery Kitchen each day and distribute them to the drivers, who deliver each one to the families across Columbia County. 

With great gratitude,

Carole Clark, Pam Kline, Carol Peckham.  Directors, Columbia County Recovery Kitchen 

Distribution Team

Jamison Teale
Tom Martin

Madelyn Benoit

Karen Rosand

Moira Stone


Chris Aker

Elisabeth Albert

Perry Asher

Dave Baylen

Cleo Berliner

Peter Bevacqua

Cheryl Bickett

Carol Block

Rose Caldwell

Lynn Clark

Barbara And Ken Cooke

David Craw

Margaret Davidson

Joanne Delrossi

Janina Dieppe

Tom Ehrich

Steven Eidman

Judith Engel

Noel Fair

Joan Feder

Jean Feinberg

Georgene Gardner

Jan And Lester Greenburg

Julie Harrington

Christina Harris

Tully Hedley

Sophie Henderson

David Henry

Angie Hickman

Sam Hodge

Susan Hunt

Bob Ihlenburg

Beverly Ingleburger

Betty Isler

Lee Jamison

Anya Kanevskaya

Kaarla Kavanaugh

Judy Keefer

Mary Keegan

Susan Krim

Betsy Lamb

Abby Lappen

Carol Lavender

Sarah Lazarus

Laura Lerner

Lauren Liberati

John Luckacovic

Barbara Maccormack

Mark Macdonald

Steve Maggio

Shaina Marron

Tracy Martin

Alison Matheny

Judi Mathews

Courtney Mcdowell

Sara Mcwilliams

Sandi Meyers

David Miller

Laura Miller

Carol Moore

Maureen Mueller

Alanna Navitski

Ariana Nilsson

Eleanor Oldham

Jennifer Ose Macdonald

Dina Palin

Bebe Pebworth

Stuart Peterson

Liz Phillips

Deborah Pierce

Dwayne Resnick

Jeff Rigby

Mary Ellen Ross

Lisa Ross

Molly Salisbury

Melanie Sears

Susan Silverman

Valerie Spensieri

Rebecca Stowe

Christian Sweningsen

Laura Teague

Bart Thibadeau

Mike Tizekker

Mike Tizekker Sr

Malgosia Turzanska

Karen Vecellio

Melinda Wax

Craig Westcott

Zoe Wohlfeld

Priscilla Woolworth

Cathy Zises

Thanks to Christ Church Episcopal

We are so grateful to our friends at Christ Church Episcopal for the use of their kitchen and facilities, which has enabled us to prepare and deliver food to families in need throughout the past difficult months. 

With our great appreciation,

Carole Clark, Pam Kline, Carol Peckham.  Directors, Columbia County Recovery Kitchen 

Thanks to the First Presbyterian Church

Our deepest appreciation to our friends at First Presbyterian Church and especially Theresa Parsons, who has managed the donations and expenses that allowed us to launch and continue the Recovery Kitchen operations. 

With gratitude,

Carole Clark, Pam Kline, Carol Peckham.  Directors, Columbia County Recovery Kitchen 

The First Presbyterian Church
Theresa Parsons

Thanks to Our Local Businesses and Non-Profits

We are very grateful to the many local organizations that contributed their services, which were critical in launching and sustaining the Recovery Kitchen.

With deepest appreciation,

Carole Clark, Pam Kline, Carol Peckham.  Directors, Columbia County Recovery Kitchen


Julie and Theo Fels, 

Alison Matheny,

Website Development

Suzanne and Robert Trevellyan,

Video and Photography

Randall Martin, Video,

David MacIntyre, Photography,

Fundraiser Contributions 

Shari Kline Traditions,

Deena Pewtherer, The Mighty Masketeers of Columbia County,


David Ackerman, Karp Ackerman, Small, and Hogan,

Legal Services

Brian Herman Law Office


Michael Tucker, Columbia County Economic Development Corp 

Brian Zweig, MBA, Business Opportunities Management Consulting

Thanks to Our Food Providers

Our great thanks to the local farms and other providers whose donations of produce, meat, and other foods have fed many families with healthy meals this year.

With deepest appreciation,

Carole Clark, Pam Kline, Carol Peckham.  Directors, Columbia County Recovery Kitchen 

AppleStone Meat Company, Butchery,


Churchtown Dairy, churchtown dairy

Camphill Copake,

Grow in Harmony Community Garden

Deep Roots Farm,

Hawthorne Valley Creamery,

Le Perche,

Upstate Farms,

Churchtown Dairy

A New Grant Will Help the CC Recovery Kitchen Keep On Cooking

The Hudson River Bank & Trust Foundation has approved a grant of $1,000 for the Columbia County Recovery Kitchen, an extraordinary project founded and launched in April by Carole Clark, a former chef and proprietor of Charleston Restaurant. Her intention was to create a pop-up kitchen to supply the greatly increased demand for food in response to the coronavirus and subsequent unemployment in the County.

Without forming a formal non-profit, she recruited professionals, local churches, and other organizations to quickly produce the structure she needed to create the Recovery Kitchen. She first brought on 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 Jamie 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.

Current resources are sufficient to fund the kitchen for a couple of months, and the HRBT grant will certainly help, 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 be inadequate to bring back all those who lost their jobs.

The underserved people of Columbia County will continue to need resources such as the Recovery Kitchen for the foreseeable future. To donate, please visit our donation page.

Here’s one mother’s response to the delivery of healthy dinners to her home. “It was delicious and my kids ate everything and it was nice I didn’t have to cook and clean up for the first time in 234,567 days. I know I’m a bit far from Hudson but I really appreciated it. A few weeks ago I wasn’t sure I’d even be able to feed my family so my appreciation is beyond words.” 

For more information contact: Carole Clark at or call (518) 851-8987.

The Recovery Kitchen has to feed 300 families now!

April 22, 2020 |

Between the coronavirus shutdown and the drastic rise in unemployment, hundreds of families in Columbia County are in need of food now. With only a few soup kitchens providing cooked meals to the local population, help for the hungry is desperately needed.

With this in mind, Carole Clark, former chef/proprietor of Charleston Restaurant in Hudson New York, started the Columbia County Recovery Kitchen. She sought help from professional cooks whose restaurants had temporarily closed and other volunteers interested in helping out. The response was overwhelming.

Read the entire article.

Chefs cook in pop-up soup kitchen

May 10, 2020 | The Columbia Paper

With the closure of some restaurants in the city during the coronavirus, Swoon’s chef Jamie Parry and le Perche’s John Carr were temporarily out of work.

Mr. Parry was trained at Montrachet and Tribeca Grill in New York and Mr. Carr had a career at Sfogia and with Eli Zabar in the city before they came north.

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