Across Our Table
Black River Good Neighbor Services is
primarily a food shelf to help people in need. So we distribute a lot
of food, some of which may not be familiar to all people. We try to
find recipes to complement the food that we distribute and now we are
producing a cooking show to introduce those recipes to everybody. The
show is called “Across Our Table” and features two of our volunteers,
Doris Eddy and Peter LaBelle (pictured above in a scene from an episode
of 'Across Our Table'), who discuss the recipes and the food while
demonstrating. The show is broadcast on LPC-TV and is also available on
(Just click on videos and scroll down to find the episode you want to
We have also typed up the recipes
and they are available by clicking
We hope that you find something useful in
the show and we’d love to hear your comments. Please e-mail them to
July is that month when things tend to slow down with the heat. Many people take vacations, school is out, and it is time to enjoy being outdoors. While some of us can enjoy the month, there are many who can’t because of food insecurity and financial pressures that just won’t go away. That’s why BRGNS exists, to help alleviate some of that insecurity and pressure, and therefore our food programs continue throughout the summer. Since it is summer and things have slowed a bit, I am going to repeat some information that I wrote about several years ago regarding food distributions. It is important that the public know how we distribute food.
Many people don’t realize it but we actually have three food assistance programs that we administer for the towns of Ludlow, Cavendish, Mount Holly and Plymouth. The first program is our own distribution of food to anyone in need. If a person or family finds no food in the cupboard and has no means to buy sufficient food, we will help by giving them enough for four days of meals. There are limits, of course; nobody can come back more than once a month and each recipient must demonstrate that he or she is truly in need.
The second program that we administer is on behalf of the US Department of Agriculture. It is called the Emergency Food Assistance Program and starts with government food that we distribute. I say that it starts with that food, because it doesn’t end there. We add a balanced diet to each bag including fresh fruit or vegetables when possible, and eggs, bread, meat and dairy too. Although USDA distributes once a month, we increase the amount of food and distribute twice a month. The people who participate in this program are mostly elderly and disabled folks on fixed income such as minimal social security.
Finally we administer the USDA’s Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), which works to improve the health of low-income pregnant and breastfeeding women, other new mothers up to one year postpartum, infants, children up to age six, and elderly people at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA commodity foods. We don’t add to these distributions, we just pass them out.
If you need more information on any of these programs, click on the “Our Food Shelf” and the “Special Programs” tabs on the left. If you think that you or someone you know qualifies for any of these programs, please get in touch with Audrey in the office at 37B Main Street. We are happy to help.
As always we have an ongoing need for a cadre of people to help in a variety of jobs at the thrift store and at the furniture store including administering the food programs. If you or someone you know has a desire to help, we can find something for you to do. Just call Audrey at the thrift store – 802-228-3663 – and introduce yourself.