History & Founding

ECFCO was founded in 2019 when a group of Brockport Middle School students noticed an excessive amount of food waste occurring in the school cafeteria. With the help of teachers and community members, ECFCO's small fruit collecting operation became incorporated as a nonprofit.

ECFCO was formally incorporated as East Coast Food Conservation Organization, INC. on December 18th, 2019, in the State of New York. Following its incorporation, ECFCO was able to become tax-exempt, both from NYS tax and federal tax.

While fruit collection has been temporarily suspended due to the current pandemic, ECFCO has expanded our operation to gardening and continues to operate the ECFCO-Presbyterian Church Community Garden, founded in March of 2021, located on 35 State Street, Brockport NY, 14420. We invite you to stop by and visit us sometime!

Board of Directors

ECFCO currently has 2 Board Trustees, who oversee the Executive Director and the organization.

John Akers


Liz Banner


Staff and Volunteers

Jeffrey Xue

Executive Director

Makayla haibach

Garden Manager

Jyonnah Ware

Social Media Manager & Volunteer Recruiter

arjun dwivedi


Tamsin Spiller


ECFCO Volunteers

Gerry Maar

Sarah Bonisteel

Joey Stempien

Laura Bishop

Olivia Allen

Kerry Gant

Kathleen Dulus

Alex Stoker

Julia Hunsinger

Mackenzie Monnier

Molly Smock

Xia Hoffmann

Jayden Roberts

Thomas Bruno

Robbie Crissman

Kathy Kristansen

Tammy Bonisteel

Jie Zhang

Jane Xue

Changyu Xue

Isabel Lesniak

Cheyenne Burnside

Tristan Haibach

Caitlin Minardo