FEEDING OUR COMMUNITY
The Carver Market has served as a much-needed supplemental food source for families to survive between paychecks or when SNAP benefits don’t stretch enough to cover their grocery-buying needs. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Starting in March 2020, we went from serving approximately 350 households per month to approximately 1,500 households per month. Many of our clients faced tough choices between paying their rent and buying groceries. The Carver Market was no longer a supplemental resource – it was lifeline for parents who were out of work and children who were learning from home with no access to afterschool meals.
We brought our Carver Market operations back indoors in February, and returned to self -choice shopping. We expanded our hours to meet the growing needs of working families. We had 10,771 family visits to the Carver Market from July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022.
Port Chester Carver Center provided healthy meals during the summer months of 2021 to Port Chester School District children and families through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), a federally-funded, state-administered program that serves free meals to children and teens in low-income areas. Meals on Main Street collaborated with Carver by providing weekend meals on Fridays.
During the 2021-2022 school year, more than 1,000 students received meals provided by Carver’s Food Service Team. This included the total number of children enrolled in the three elementary schools, the after school programming at the Middle School and the teens who were participating in Carver Center’s Teen Center activities. 151,911 meals were served!
DINNER @ NOON
Our popular Saturday Dinner @ Noon community meal program has resumed programming from 11:00am – 1:00pm. The program is supported each week by one of five local faith-based congregations who volunteer their time on their designated Saturday. Approximately 40 people join us each week.