Cattaraugus Community Action’s Nutrition Division is committed to empowering the community to make choices through advocacy, education, and outreach. We connect families to resources in order to promote food security and encourage the value of nutrition.
Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP)**:
Primary focus is increasing participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, by providing outreach and application assistance. NOEP also works to increase participation in the School Breakfast Program and Summer Food Service Program, which provide healthy meals to school-aged children. **Serving Cattaraugus, Allegany, and Chautauqua Counties.
Food for Thought Program:
This culinary arts training program is a 15-week study for low-income youth and displaced adults. The program blends classroom based learning and on-the-job training experiences that prepare students to obtain and maintain employment in the Culinary Arts. Graduates may receive their ServSafe Certification, Work Readiness Credential, and a Culinary Arts Certificate.
Emergency Food Pantry Network:
Conduit of food from the Western New York Food Bank and other sources to over 20 locally operated pantries serving persons and families with emergency needs throughout Cattaraugus County. CCA’s Salamanca pantry location is the largest in the service area.
Lighthouse Community Kitchen:
Serving nutritious meals for community members, prepared by volunteers. Dinner hours are Monday – Friday, 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Summer Food Service Program:
Nutritious lunches for children in low-income communities throughout the summer months. This program supports the nutritional needs of children, who may otherwise be receiving free and reduced priced breakfasts or lunches during the school year. ♦ 2015 SUMMER LUNCH SCHEDULE
Food Recovery, Seedling, and Gleaning Projects:
Growing and gathering nutritious foods to be distributed to underprivileged persons through the pantry network and community kitchen, includes community gardening, and partnerships with local prisons and grocery stores.
Vegetable seeds and seedlings are grown in the greenhouse beginning in March and are used in the community garden or given to customers to grow at home. Once the produce is harvested, it is used by the Lighthouse Community Kitchen, Food for Thought Program, or given out through our food pantry.