Grow Cook Serve produce image, 2019 program
Image by Alexis Woodcock

Produce from one day of donations in 2019

Head Start, Grow Cook Serve program 2019
Image by Alexis Woodcock
Grow Cook Serve

Grow Cook Serve

Grow Cook Serve

Grow Cook Serve is a program which endeavors to increase the capacity of food pantries and soup kitchens in Chenango County. By gleaning fresh produce from local farms and home gardeners, providing container gardening education, and training volunteers to staff soup kitchens we hope to provide more access to fresh fruits and vegetables to those in need. 

Since its inception in 2015 Grow Cook Serve has donated over 6000 pounds of fresh produce and provided 130 hours of volunteer service. 

We have secured funding for this program again in 2018 and we are looking forward to  expanding the number of Participant Volunteer hours and pounds of produce donated.

If you are interested in participating in 2018, there are several types of volunteer roles that will make an impact for food security. Below is a general description of the most common volunteer opportunities. 

Food Pantry/Soup Kitchen Volunteer - To provide support to food pantry/soup kitchen staff with the preparation, cooking and serving of community meals, as well as help with clean up.

Community Garden Volunteer - Garden Volunteers are responsible for caring for the Grow Cook Serve garden plots at the Community Garden. Planting, weeding, harvesting, etc. 

Produce Sorter -The produce sorter helps the Grow Cook Serve coordinator receive, cull, and distribute produce donations  to food pantries and soup kitchens. 

Contact Alexis Woodcock for more details about these or other volunteer positions.  (607) 334-5841 ext 20  


Alexis Woodcock
Grow Cook Serve Program Coordinator
(607) 334-5841 ext. 1120

Last updated May 14, 2020