Sullivan County has been severely impacted by these difficult economic times. We have the fourth highest child poverty rate in New York State, with the most recent census reporting 27.9% of children under the age of 18 in Sullivan County live in poverty. Our unemployment rate continues to be the highest in the region. Many young children and their families spend their days worrying where they will get their next
The Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless addresses this concern. We operate the only soup kitchen in Sullivan County, providing breakfast and lunch five days a week to local residents. The number of people who need our help has increased in the past year. In 2013 we served 38,000 hot meals and another 44,000 take home meals through our soup kitchen’s breakfast and lunch program. We also operate a food pantry twice a month where individuals receive canned food, cereal, juice, pasta and other staples. We try to provide fresh produce as well. This is all in addition to our emergency food pantry where individuals are given food on an emergency basis 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
In addition to our food program we operate a housing and utility assistance program to individuals living with HIV/AIDS.