Explorers collect food for local pantry, domestic violence shelter

Dutchess County Sheriff's Office Explorers Post 108

POUGHKEEPSIE – The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office PBA Explorers Post 108 is holding a food drive on February 16, 2020, to benefit Dutchess Outreach and Grace Smith House.

According to Sheriff Deputy Joe Wasilewski, the Explorers will be at Stop & Shop on Burnett Boulevard in Poughkeepsie collecting non-perishable food items for the food pantries at Dutchess Outreach and Grace Smith House.  Tara Whalen of Dutchess Outreach said “The Beverly Closs Food Pantry provides a three-day emergency supply of food for the entire household. Last year alone more than 84,000 meals were provided to 9,342 people in Dutchess County, including more than 3,000 children. We’re here every day if needed with no restrictions on family size. We have formula for moms and dads to help feed their babies when money’s tight. We not only supply food, but can provide personal hygiene items; toothpaste and toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, shavers, and other necessities.”

The Grace Smith House is a private nonprofit agency that provides residential and non-residential services to victims of domestic violence and their families.  They offer shelter, counseling, transitional housing, advocacy, safety planning, preventive education, and more to residents of Dutchess County.

The Law Enforcement Explorer Program is a nationwide program chartered through the Boy Scouts of America and Learning for Life. The youth program is offered by hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the country and has been credited with creating a positive relationship between law enforcement and the community while providing hands-on training and experience in the field of law enforcement to young people.

The members of Explorer Post 108 will be collecting the following items to be distributed to Dutchess Outreach and Grace Smith House:

Canned vegetables
Pasta sauce
Fruits (canned/jarred or dried)
Peanut Butter
Mac and Cheese
Pancake/Waffle Mix
Chicken (canned)
Snacks (fruit snacks, etc.)