Food Pantry Gets a New Name and Generous Gift from Trail North Federal Credit Union


The University of Vermont Health Network - Elizabethtown Community Hospital (ECH) today announced its food pantry has a new name and a big boost heading into the holiday season with a $7,500 donation from TrailNorth Federal Credit Union (TFCU).

Now operating as the Community Cupboard, the food pantry is free to any resident in Essex County N.Y., and stocked with a variety of healthy options including frozen meats and vegetables as well as breakfast items, canned fruits and vegetables, pastas, soups, bread, cheese, butter and more. 

Committed to the well-being of the community, TFCU’s Chief Member Experience Officer, Wendy Courtright, shared “This $7,500 gift is one of many TFCU has given this season to support community food pantries in time for Thanksgiving.  Our credit union is proud to give back to impact the well-being of our neighbors.”

Bob Ortmyer, president of Elizabethtown Community Hospital, said “This donation will go far in helping to expand access to healthy food, year round.”

The Community Cupboard is physically located within the hospital’s Crown Point Health Center and open Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For those unable to visit the health center during regular hours or otherwise, can call (518) 585-3761 to make an afterhours appointment or schedule a delivery to the nearest ECH location:

  • Ticonderoga Campus
  • Ausable Forks Health Center
  • Elizabethtown Community Health Center
  • High Peaks Health Center (Wilmington)
  • Smith House Wellness Center (Willsboro)
  • Westport Health Center

The food pantry opened its doors in 2019 with support from the Essex County Health Department, Well Fed Collaborative and Salvation Army Red Kettle Fund to improve health outcomes and reduce health care utilization by improving access to healthy food and increasing food security for all Essex County residents.

Monetary donations to the Community Cupboard may be made at any of the UVM Health Network - Elizabethtown Community Hospital health centers or by calling (518) 585-3761.