Food Pantry

The Ghent Food PantryThe Ghent Food Pantry is open Monday through Thursday 9:00 am – Noon. Our mission is to serve members of the Chatham Central School District experiencing food insecurity.

The Food Pantry is run by volunteers and funded by donations from individuals, organizations, churches and through minor grants. The donations are used to purchase the food and products which are distributed in monthly orders. We buy what we distribute.

We order and buy the food from the Regional Food Bank. Following their guidance, we ensure each order has the recommended number of servings from the 3 food groups. In Spring/Summer we provide fresh vegetables through Long Table Harvest ( We also receive food donations from organizations, local farmers, school food drives, and neighbors; Price Chopper donates baked goods. These donations are included in our monthly distributions or made available for families to take as needed.

How We Operate

The Pantry is staffed by roughly 20 volunteers. Volunteer roles include interacting with clients, filling orders, stocking shelves, conducting inventory and ordering food and supplies. With some overlap, there is a very hard-working crew of about 15 people some of whom go to Hudson each month, load personal pick-up trucks with our order from the Regional Food Bank, bring it to Town Hall and help offload it into the Pantry. To put this effort into perspective, some monthly orders exceed 3 tons, or 6,00 pounds.

What We Need


The Ghent Food Pantry is a 501c(3) non-profit which needs and welcomes your donations.

  • Donations can be made online through the Regional Food Bank by following the link below.
  • Checks can also be written to the Ghent Food Pantry and dropped off or sent to us at 2306 Rt 66, Ghent NY 12075.

To donate on-line, please click this link: Ghent Food Pantry. You’ll need to select “Adopt a Program” and insert “Ghent Food Pantry”.


If you are interested in volunteering, please stop by the Pantry during our regular hours. We’ll show you around and get some contact information. Please be understanding if we’re busy helping clients.