Established in 1988 by Peekskill community leaders, clergy members and private citizens, Caring for the Homeless of Peekskill, Inc. (CHOP) has helped thousands to overcome the obstacles of hunger and homelessness through its shelter and feeding programs.
CHOP currently operates three programs:
- Jan Peek House Shelter for the Homeless
- Sunny Donut Free Breakfast Program
- Fred’s Pantry at St. Peter's Episcopal Church
Jan Peek House is a safe haven for the area’s homeless men and women. Our 19-bed facility is open 365 days a year providing shelter, food and a conduit to comprehensive support services. Clients come to us with a broad range of issues. Some are elderly and have lost their jobs and their homes due to illness, while others are young and without families or other means of emotional and financial support. All of them are people who deserve to live with dignity.
Sunny Donut breakfast program provides free, nutritious breakfasts to single parents and their children, to senior citizens, Latino day laborers and the area’s under- and unemployed. Located at the Salvation Army community kitchen at 117 Nelson Avenue, Sunny Donut is open five mornings a week, Monday through Friday, from 8am to 9am and gives all who walk through its doors a nourishing and friendly way to begin their day.
Fred’s Pantry at St. Peter's Episcopal Church is CHOP Inc.'s newest program, and Peekskill's first 'choice' food pantry which provides groceries to families and individuals in need. Since it's opening in February 2010, Fred's Pantry has served more than 6000 hungry families Our pantry is stocked with canned goods and other non-perishable items as well as frozen meats and vegetables. This program operates every Saturday from 930am - 11am out of St. Peter's Episcopal Church located on 137 N Division Street in Peekskill.