Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When and how did the Columbia County Recovery Kitchen (CCRK) begin?

CCRK was created by Carole Clark in March of 2020, in recognition of the severe economic impact the Covid-19 shutdown had on already vulnerable communities.

Who does CCRK serve?

Adults and children in Columbia County, NY who have been referred by county social service organizations, public school social workers and the Columbia County Sanctuary Movement.

Where is the food prepared?

The Christ Church Episcopal in Hudson loans its kitchen.

Who does the cooking?

Chefs Jamie Parry (formerly of Swoon Kitchenbar) heads up the kitchen and volunteer cooks. 

Who delivers the food?

The meals are delivered by volunteer drivers and drivers from the Department of Social Services and the Columbia County Sanctuary Movement.

Where does your financial support come from?

Funding comes from our community of supporters through fundraisers and website and direct donations. We have been awarded grants from the Berkshire Taconic Community Fund and the Hudson River Bank and Trust Foundation. 

Do you accept financial donations?

Yes. The First Presbyterian Church in Hudson provides fiscal sponsorship as the basis for collecting tax deductible donations. Make an online donation.

Do you accept donations of food?

We gladly accept bulk donations of fresh meat and produce. Gardeners and farmers, please email info@columbiacountyrecoverykitchen.org to arrange fresh food donations. Unfortunately, we don’t have the infrastructure to accept small food donations from individuals. However, we encourage you to contribute to your local food pantry.

How can I get involved?

We always need volunteers. Visit our How to Help page to see how you can get involved.