NNY Community Foundation Support Critical to Food Pantry

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Can you imagine lacking the resources to buy enough food for your family? Access to food pantries is especially critical during situations like this. The Food Pantry at Community Action Planning Council has been able to provide food packages equivalent to 86,910 meals from October 2018 to April 2019.

Thanks to the generous donation of $1,500 from Northern New York Community Foundation, our selves were stocked with nutritious food, including a variety of canned vegetables, pasta, protein and soup. 

Our pantry at Community Action Planning Council receives financial support from a variety of sources, including the Food Bank of Central New York, the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP), the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) and the Northern New York Community Foundation, as well as donations and food drives coordinated by area businesses and individuals.

Visitors to the food pantry are provided with a five-day supply of food (three meals per day) for each member of the household. Food packages contain a variety of food items in keeping with nutrition guidelines from the Food Bank of Central New York. For more information about the food pantry or other Community Action services, please contact 315.782.4900, extension 257.

Jefferson County Board of Legislators proclaim Community Action Month

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On August 20, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act which created a variety of programs, including Community Action Agencies, as part of his War on Poverty. He knew then as we know now, that the war against poverty must be won in the field, in every private home, in every public office, from the courthouse to the White House.

Community Action Planning Council of Jefferson County was established in 1966 to wage the war on poverty in Jefferson County promoting self-sufficiency for those of limited income, ensuring that all residents are able to live in dignity; by implementing innovative and cost-effective programs to improve the lives and living conditions of the impoverished; by providing support and instruction for everyone in need of assistance; and by being a major voice of reason in establishing welfare system reforms.

Community Action remains committed to helping families achieve economic security by providing a broad range of services that meet the unique needs of each family – and our community.

On May 7, the Jefferson County Board of Legislators made a proclamation in recognition of Community Action month. 

The festivities conclude on May 9, Jefferson-Lewis Childcare Project, a program of Community Action Planning Council, will host a Child Care Provider Appreciation Celebration. On May 13, the agency will host a brunch to recognize the dedicated tax preparation volunteers for their outstanding efforts.  On May 23 with Grow with Community Action, a special open house event for low-income families, highlighting healthy habits, such as growing and preparing vegetables.

Last year, Community Action Planning Council helped better the lives of 5,964 individuals by providing essential services and life-changing opportunities, including early childhood education, family development, emergency food assistance, vocational education, job readiness supports, child care referrals, provider training, weatherization services, tax preparation, and more.

Despite budget cuts, shrinking resources, and increased demands for services during these challenging economic times, Community Action Planning Council has been remarkably successful assisting a broad cross-section of our the local population – families, children, students, senior citizens, military, veterans, single-parents, and anyone seeking an opportunity to achieve economic security.

For more information about Community Action programs or special events, please contact Claudia Whitmire at 315-782-4900, extension 250.

Community Action Welcomes New Mascot

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On Friday, May 3rd, Community Action staff and students were greeted by our new Mascot: Cappy, the St. Bernard. Staff members were treated to popcorn to celebrate Cappy’s “Gotcha Day.”

The idea for the mascot was developed by the Marketing Committee last year, and the final conception was realized this week, just in time for Community Action Month!

Cappy was chosen as a St. Bernard after careful consideration of many other animal options to represent the agency. The St. Bernard breed of dog is known to be gentle, loving, loyal and watchful. For Community Action, those qualities speak volumes. Cappy will help encourage the mission and vision of Community Action, and represent the agency at future events. Welcome aboard, Cappy!