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Give Back to the Community at Hudson Valley Food Pantries

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Take a minute to think about the last time youdonated. It could’ve beenyesterdayor maybe it was over a year ago. Regardless of when, how, and if you have ever given back, the point is that contributingto the wellbeing of your community is both an empowering and fulfilling experience. Whether it’s during the holidays or in the heat of summer, the donation oftime, money, food, and household products to regional pantries can directly improve local lives. Lucky for us, the Hudson Valley is chock full of pantries that work to diminish hunger and promote communal wellbeing.

Albany County

FOCUS Churches of Albany

275 State St., Albany
10 NorthPearl St., Albany
518.463.4449

More than just a food pantry, FOCUS provides its guests with personal care items, fresh fruit, milk vouchers,andeven community resourceslikejob training, housing,andnutritional education. The community canhelpthese efforts by donating moneythrough thewebsite orsendinga check directly to the financial secretary.

Food Pantries for the Capital District

Located throughout the Capital District

According toFeeding America,about73,000 people in Albany, Rensselaer, and Saratoga counties are food insecure. With thehelpof donations, this non-profit organization provides food to 64 pantries around theCapitalDistrict tohelpcombat hunger in these communities. The public candonateon the website or hosta food drive at a designated location.

Columbia County

Chatham Area Silent Pantry

77 Main St, Chatham
518.392.7794

Located in the basement ofTracy Memorial Village Hall, the Silent Pantry primarily serves the needs of low-income individuals in the Chatham school district. Although the pantry gets grants from the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, a lot of the funding comes from the community in the form of non-perishable food items or money donations. Fooddrop-offis welcome during business hours.

Catholic Charities

431 East Allen Street, Hudson
518.828.9668

This organization provides individuals and families that are struggling with a multitude of programs that go beyond food assistance. The emergency program provides clothes, shelter, transportation, and prescriptions to those in need, while enrichment programs educateindividuals on topics likedrug abuse, alcohol addiction, and parent mentoring. The community candonatemoney online or by mail.Thegroupalso welcomesnon-perishable food donations for the food pantry, along with personal hygiene products and diapers. Donations can bedroppedoffat the Hudson location.

DutchessCounty

Dutchess Community Outreach Program

10 Eliza St, Beacon
3414Rte22, Dover Plains
77 Cannon St, Poughkeepsie
44-46 East Market St, Red Hook
845.452.5104

This programaims tohelplow-income residents inDutchessCounty succeed.Food pantries arestationedin Beacon, Dover Plains, Poughkeepsie, and Red Hook. Food donations can be dropped offat all locations during business hours.

St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry

835Rte82, HopewellJunction
845.227.7863

This pantry partners with the Regional Food Bank of New York on a monthly basis to provide meat, dairy, and other products for those in need. The community cansupport the pantryby donating non-perishable items at thechurch.

The Beverly Closs Food Pantry

29 North Hamilton St, Poughkeepsie
845.454.3792

Through apartnershipwithDutchessOutreach, the Beverly Closs FoodPantryprovides a three-day emergency supply of food for an entire household. The pantry serves residents mostly in the City of Poughkeepsie, but also provides food and personalhygieneitems to people in surrounding towns.Donations of non-perishable items and household goodscanbe brought to Acts of Kindness located in theDutchessARC Building on Tuesday through Thursdayfrom 10 a.m.to2 p.m.

Greene County

The Community Food Pantry of Coxsackie

117 Mansion St, Coxsackie
518.731.8603

For 45 years, this food pantry has been serving the community of Coxsackie and its surrounding towns. The site provides food and personal care products for those who struggle financially. Through a partnership with the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, the pantry can buy many food and household itemsbelow retail value to go tothose who need supplies. Money donations go towards buying locally sourced products tosupportthe Greene County agriculture. Food and personal care donations from the public can be dropped off at the pantry.

Matthew 25 Food Pantry

8 Union St, Catskill
518.943.5890

This non-profit organization prides itself on providing emergency food assistance to the Greene County community. The programprovides foodthat can last up to a week, but alsoone-day emergency food supplies when needed.Non-perishable food items can bedroppedoffto the pantry duringdrop-offhours. Coat donations are also accepted for later distribution during the winter months.

Orange County

Regional Economic Community Action Program Inc. (RECAP)

119 East Main St, Middletown
845.342.3978

Since 1965, this organization has beenhelping Orange County residents who are struggling financially. RECAP focusesitsattention on the most vulnerable communities: veterans, seniors, children, victims of domestic abuse, andthe hungry. Through the Nutrition and Advocacy Program, RECAP has an emergency food pantry that provides a three-day supply of food to those in need. In addition to the pantry, the organization runs a Thanksgivingdrive until November 9. Thedriveacceptsturkeys, boxed stuffing, canned gravy, cake mix, and canned fruit and vegetables.

Putnam County

Putnam Valley Community Food Pantry

Ticket pick-up: 146 Peekskill Hollow Rd, Putnam Valley
Food pantry: 337 Peekskill Hollow Rd, Putnam Valley
845.526.3788

This pantry provides access to healthier perishable and non-perishablefood options for those in needin the northern Westchester and southern Putnam communities. The public canmakea monetary donation orpurchaseproducts from theCafé Press Store. Food donations are also accepted, butmonetary donations can provide guests with morebang for theirbuck, thanksto the pantry’s partnership with the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley that allows itpurchase in bulk. Guests must pick up a ticket at Putnam Valley High School before proceeding to the food pantry.

Second Chance Foods, Inc.

914.261.0797

According to Second Chance Foods, 40 percent of the food in the U.S. ends up in the garbage. To combat this problem, the Fishkill-based groupcollects food from farms, restaurants, and grocery stores in the Hudson Valley and brings it directly to community outreach organizations. In an effort toprovide awareness on a local and global level,itoffersprograms to educate the public about food waste and sustainability as well.

Rensselaer County

Hope Seven

596 Pawling Ave, Troy
518.272.8029

This pantry serves theeastside of Troy and the town of North Greenbush-Village of Wynantskill. A major source of funding comes from grant money provided by theRegional Food Bank and local partnerships. The pantry serves three-day food packages that include proteins, produce, bread, and milk. In addition to food, guests can also receive diapers, cleaning products, personal hygiene products, and toiletries. Non-perishable food donations are always accepted;call ahead to arrange adrop-offtime.

Rockland County

St. Ann’s Food Cupboard

16 Jefferson St,Nyack
845.268.4464

This ongoing program provides families with emergency food when money is tight. Funding for the pantry is provided by grants, monetary donations fromSt. Ann’s parishioners, and the Regional Food Bank of New York. Food donations are needed throughout the year, but especially during the holidays. To pack Thanksgiving baskets, the churchasksfor boxed stuffing, instant mashed potatoes, canned vegetables, and turkey (only if eligible for a free one.) Donations can be dropped off at the church.

Ulster County

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People’s Place Thrift Store and Food Pantry

17 St. James St, Kingston
845.338.4030

Since 1972, this not-for-profit organization has been providing food and clothing to the Ulster County community. The pantrysuppliesfrozen, canned, and fresh food to recipients once a month, whilethe Bounty Table, located in front of the food pantry, provides food items daily. In addition to food, the pantry alsostockspersonal care products such as toothbrushes, deodorant,andsoap.Monetary donations can be made online or sent to the pantry. Food donations are appreciated as well and can be dropped off onsite.

St. Joseph Food Pantry

34 SouthChestnut St, New Paltz
845-255-5635

Once a month,guests can visit the pantry to receive food that has been donated by the community. Food donations can bedropped off in the church and monetary donations can be sent to the church with a memostating“food pantry.”


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